Camp Pooka has been a summer staple for Noah Matthews since he learned he was a shifter, and he’s looking forward to spending a final summer there before beginning his career as a veterinarian. But the season takes an unexpected turn when Noah meets blunt but charming Jack Rideaux and his goat, Milly. Soon Noah is sneaking off every night, gladly following Milly to Jack’sCamp Pooka has been a summer staple for Noah Matthews since he learned he was a shifter, and he’s looking forward to spending a final summer there before beginning his career as a veterinarian. But the season takes an unexpected turn when Noah meets blunt but charming Jack Rideaux and his goat, Milly. Soon Noah is sneaking off every night, gladly following Milly to Jack’s cabin.When life and Noah’s work intrude and the two men lose touch, it’s time for meddling Milly to work her magic and help them reconnect....
|Title||:||Always Follow Your Goat|
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Always Follow Your Goat Reviews
This one didn't work for me. The writing's not bad, though it could use a dose of vitality. Primarily, I think it was too ambitious for a short story and didn't give adequate time for the MCs to become a solid entity.Noah is a camp counselor in his last summer at Camp Pooka (cute name is cute) before he becomes a veterinarian. He's also a fox shifter who doesn't like to shift in a camp for teen shifters. I appreciate novelty of the reluctant shifter thing, but the camp is supposed to be for teens to become more comfortable shifting and foster a sense of belonging, so that didn't sit well with me. One of the teens, Dylan, is training to take over some of Noah's duties and clearly has a crush on him. He's cute and gawky and at first I thought he was the love interest. Instead he and the rest of the Land house boys disappear one night to be found hanging out (for reasons) with Jack Rideaux, whose family owns the property the camp is on. Once Noah meets Jack, the Dylan storyline got dropped which left me wondering why so much time was devoted to it in the first place.Jack's goat Milly is a bit precocious and seemingly a matchmaker since Noah keeps hearing the goat which leads him back to Jack's cabin for some bow chicka wow wow. This story is just the beginning of a possible relationship and could've been tighter, more focused on Jack and Noah. The epilogue was nice, but if you're looking for a strong HEA/HFN look elsewhere.Check out the other reviews in our second week Shifterpalooza!A review copy was provided by the publisher.
3.5 Stars ~ I've said it once, and I'm sure I'll say it again. This year's Daily Dose package of 'A Walk on the Wild Side' is full of a wide variety of stories and I'm sure there's one or two, or twenty, to entice any fan of paranormal. In this new-to-me author’s story, I could certainly empathize with Noah wanting his last summer of childhood before embarking on his adult life as a veterinarian. Childhood is easy (should be, anyway) while being an adult is tough. I understood his feelings perfectly.I so wanted to be at Camp Pooka. Hell, the name alone is awesome. But it's a camp solely for shifters - the greatest place I can imagine being. Noah shifted for the first time when he was twelve, and since his mother is human and his father tried to deny his "difference", not only did Noah shift during the night in his sleep, he had no clue about his heritage. An extremely traumatic time I'm sure. So Camp Pooka has been, for the past thirteen years, his summer haven.I like goats. I've always wanted to own one, actually. I definitely would love to play with baby goats. So it's no surprise that I totally fell for Milly, Jack's goat. She had a bad habit of luring Noah's campers away to Jack's cabin, for stories around the campfire, and for somehow luring Noah (even when Milly was in her pen) back to see Jack.Jack knows about the camp and the shifters, so it's nice for Noah to have someone to talk to about his own frustrations. Of course, Jack is hot and gay, so that doesn't hurt, either. Sneaking off to Jack's cabin throughout the summer becomes routine, but when summer is over it’s time for Noah to head north to his new job and life. Milly, however, isn't having any of that.A delightful addition that I really wish had been longer. I think I would have liked to see more of Noah, Jack, and Milly.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
There are a few really fun ideas in this story, and that made it very entertaining to read. The first is a summer camp for shifter kids, so they can learn to shift and be among like-minded children. Then there is the main character, Noah, who has been coming to the camp since he was a kid, and who is now a counselor. And funniest of all there is a goat called Milly and she definitely has her own ideas about what Noah should be doing. And I still don’t know if she’s a shifter or not. Hilarious! Noah never knew he was a shifter until his first shocking transformation. It established that Noah’s father was a shifter, but he never wanted to be and refused to teach Noah what he needed to know. Even now Noah is more than a little uncomfortable with shifting, but he copes - the kids and their needs take precedence. But when the kids Noah is responsible for run away in the middle of the night, following the goat – or so they say – Noah discovers there is someone else who might be far more interesting than running the summer program.If you’re looking for a light read that is very entertaining and has some fun characters to get to know, you might like this short story.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.
In this story being a shifter is really the important part of the story. Noah didn't even know he was a shifter until his teens. We really don't get to know much about Jack other than there is an attraction between the two men and Jack is willing to work to stay in touch.
Dual review with Morgan on The Blogger GirlsFor me, this story started out really good. It was interesting, I liked the pacing and I enjoyed Noah and Jack. I liked that Noah didn’t much care for being a shifter because you don’t often read (at least for me) a shifter that doesn’t care for being a shifter. I loved the fact there’s a camp for shifters and they can mingle with other shifters. I liked that Milly was so quirky. Jack is a bit of an enigma in that we really don’t know anything about him besides the fact he lives near the camp and owns a goat but he still intrigued me.However, I agree with Morgan in this case in that I was baffled by the story. More so with the ending than anything else. I felt like it was going pretty well – Noah and Jack were starting to get together and I felt like they were leaning towards learning more about each other. Then BAM! It just ends! It was so sudden I felt like I got whiplash. I just could not understand how they could go from meeting once, then having sex on their second meeting to them having a long distance relationship. To be honest, I don’t even KNOW if they had a long distance relationship or if Jack just decided to rekindle things with a guy who lives nowhere near him.In the end, I enjoyed the story all the way up to the end. I liked Noah and Jack as characters and I adored the kooky goat, even though I was expecting Milly to be a shifter with the part she played in the story. I hope the author considers expanding this story because as it is, it feels incomplete or as if multiple chapters are missing. I still think readers should give it a try but beware it might not be up to your tastes and of the sudden ending.
Outfoxed by Milly the goat? Summer camp fox shifter follows a bleating goat to possibly find someone not in it just for the tail2.5 stars - It was o.k. for a semi-diverting, quick read.full review and commentsThis story was sweet and simple. While not very complex, it does provide a nice view into the counselor’s thoughts and his mixed feelings regarding what his involvement with the camp meant to him. The setting and the character’s changing life are evoked through Jack’s internal musings about being a camp counselor, dealing with a strong but somewhat pushy boss, and his own nervousness regarding shifting. Milly the goat had an amusing but brief role in the story. Shifter-human relations were barely mentioned, but just the ideas floated seemed to be potentially interesting and I would have liked to hear more (but that’s just part of the limitations of a short story). Frankly I was hoping for a bit more of the goat!But as intriguing as I find ideas about summer camps for shifters as well as nervous and cute fox shifters to be, the story’s climax is a potential hook-up with the neighbor man. Overall, the author painted an interesting if not overly-compelling summer camp background for what technically is an adult fling. In reality, you could have taken the shifter element entirely out of the story and still had a nice little coming-of-age/summer camp rendezvous story, with the potential for either a happy ending or at least a fond memory.
In this story, only 29 pages, Noah is 26, about to take his first job as a veterinarian, and is spending his last year as a camp counselor at the camp he summered at throughout his childhood.While there he meets Jack, a man who knows about the camp and knows that shifters attend the camp and Jack also has a goat.Somehow the two fall in love.**Seriously, I didn’t get this story. At all. Noah doesn’t like to shift. He’s excited about his new job. His parents don’t like shifters. The kids he works with shift. That’s what I do know. Most of the rest left me baffled. Why did Jack and Noah fell for one another? What purpose did Noah’s being a veterinarian serve? Why was the goat was part of the story? How did Jack find out about shifters? What’s going to happen next? None of it made much sense.I can’t recommend this at all. 1 of 5 stars
Sadly the goat is not the shifter. Noah is a fox shifter who doesn't like to shift and goes back to work at a summer camp for shifter kids. When the campers wander off at night he finds them at the cabin of one of the land-owners who confesses he knows about shifters. Before long Noah is following the goat back to the cabin and getting down with Jack. Flip to future where Noah is a vet in his new job and Jack shows up with the goat and they pick up where they left off. It sort of implies that they developed a relationship and decided to keep dating after the camp, but it's not really explicit. Noah is not shocked to see Jack so I presume it was not a "see you never again" good-bye. It was okay but didn't really grab me.