Length: 98,000 words
Someone's killing werewolves.
Lukas Vance finds a list of towns, and in each one he discovers a murdered 19-year-old who smells almost like pack even though he knows they can't be related to him. He reaches the next town on the list before the killer, determined to get the intended victim out of this situation alive. When he catches the familiar pack scent and sees the guy it belongs to, Lukas wants to do so much more than protect him.
Chris Keenan doesn't know why gorgeous, broody Lukas thinks he's in danger. Lukas says he wants to keep him safe, and when Chris freaks out Lukas is the only one able to calm him down. Chris has been feeling off for a while, and whatever's causing that seems to be related to the list of towns and the murderer who's made him a target. Instead of going to the police, Chris puts his trust in Lukas. But even with Lukas protecting him, figuring out what's wrong with him may be the last thing Chris ever does.
Shift is a 98,000-word novel for people who want some gay shifter romance inside their urban fantasy, ensemble cast adventure.
Right now I'm cursing the fact that the next book in the series is not out yet. Why? Because I loved this story and can't wait to see what comes next! Shift is one of those books that didn't just pull me in, it yanked me hard and from there I was totally lost inside the story-the kind of lost where food and bathroom breaks become secondary.
One of the best parts about this book was the characters. I don't just mean Lukas and Chris, but everyone. The author goes beyond the surface for everyone, and the further into the book I read, the more I felt like I was also part of their pack. I think a lot of this was due to the continually intense atmosphere of the story and the extremely heightened emotions...it made me become highly invested in all of those considered "pack". As for Lukas and Chris, I was quite wrapped up in these two, the kind of wrapped up where I would be utterly devastated if things do not come out okay.
There's a lot going on this story. While Lukas and Chris are the main couple, everyone who is pack has a story being told, and that can make for a lot of information to absorb. But I was honestly fascinated by the intrigue that was woven for this tale, and I was soaking it all up as fast as I could. The drama, tension and suspense are constant from page one, and as everything came to a frenzied confrontation, I was constantly on edge as the chaotic events unfolded.
In addition to Shift being its own story with Lukas and Chris as the main couple focus, it also sets up a lot for the other characters down the road. My interest is particularly piqued for Griffin, Albert and especially Tad (please, please, please tell me we're going to get a good resolution for Tad-right now it's driving me crazy as he's my favorite!). One thing is for sure-this book has me securely hooked not just for the rest of the series, but also for every other title this author has available.
5 stars for Shift, and I do highly recommend this book to anyone who loves not just M/M urban fantasy/paranormal romance, but just UF/paranormal in general. It's exciting and delivers on the action and suspense front, and don't be surprised if you become hooked for the series after reading it as well. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, M/M sexual content, and a bit of gory details during the big confrontation scene.
Shelley Grayson grew up on a riverbank in a microscopic town, and now lives in a slightly bigger town with a rescue cat she didn't really want and now can't imagine life without. When she's not writing, she's wishing her daughter's college wasn't so far away. If she's not wearing her glasses, she probably won't recognize you, even if you plop down in her lap. And then you'd be blocking the TV, where she's probably watching old episodes of MST3K and Star Trek.
She loves gay romance, adores werewolves and other paranormal creatures, and doesn't want to bother if there's not a happy ending.
Shelley also writes contemporary gay romance as S.K. Grayson.
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