Title: Joey and the Fox
Author: Hollis Shiloh
Genre: Male/male romance
Format: Novel (238 pages)
Sites: Goodreads | Amazon
Series: Shifters and Partners #3
Publisher: Spare Words Press (Mar. 2015)
Bonus: Kindle Unlimited title
4 stars (out of 5)
Tagline: Traumatized fox shifter too cute for the gruff, homophobic Cop
While this series would seem to be right up my alley, the first two installments were not well reviewed, so I skipped them. However, based on recommendations from friends, I took the plunge on this one and I’m glad I did.
For those who like cute shifter animals, this book has this “cuteness” in spades. The traumatized little fox at the center of the story had such an “awww” factor for me it made the entire book. The story itself was fine, and the characters interesting enough, with a homophobic cop being a nice foil for the emotionally wounded and very gay fox shifter. The result is a Gay for You tale wrapped into the “Shifters and Partners” world, neither of which are my favorite themes, but Joey the gruff cop’s protectiveness worked nicely with the adorable, hyperactive fox. There was just enough conflict to be interesting without overwhelming.
The weakest part of the book for me involved the other characters in the Shifters and Partner’s series. The couples from the first two books seemed interesting yet contradictory and not always well-written, on the one hand piquing my curiosity a bit but not enough to put them at the top of my “to read” list. But Dylan the red-head/red fox was an uber-adorable hyper-ness that worked very well for me.