Series: Walk on Wild Side
Also available: Walk on Wild Side Anthology
Rating: ( 4.5 stars – I really liked/loved it.)
Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released to me one per day during the month of June.
Synopsis: At fifty-five, Daniel had lost his wandering, cheating partner of over a decade, and needed a new start. Moving from the city to resume his veterinary practice at a remote wildlife reserve seemed just the ticket. His new home was plenty intriguing, including visiting wildlife, a rather rare lynx, and a sexy, mature new neighbor, Ronan.
Review: The author does a good job of taking some standard shifter themes and tweaking them just enough to make them a bit more interesting and believable. Even more intriguing, the story wraps these paranormal ideas around sometimes neglected romance themes, including mature men and a lover jilted by an ex going through a midlife crisis. For those looking for young, fresh, extra-heat this might not be quite the right mix. However, readers who appreciate a decent dose of sweetness woven into stories of slow recovery form deeply felt betrayal and restarting life in one’s 50’s, it’s a delightful story with just the right touch of bittersweet flavor. For a novella, the work does an excellent job at incorporating a good range of themes, including clumsy conversations, painful memories, and slow but steady recovery, while not ignoring lust or passion or sizzle.
Recommended for fans of: romance for the mature/middle-aged men; traditional shifter themes with a slightly different take; the sweetness of establishing a true connection after betrayal; rustic, small-town, wildlife friendly settings; a bit of reality (death and danger to animals) in a wildlife setting.
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