Reviewed by: Kevin
Summary: Alrik is determined to keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.
Dr Ben Cook has devoted his life to saving the Mexican Grey wolf population from extinction. A year after being shot while looking for a large pack of Mexican greys, he’s determined to try again. When Ben’s sister hires one of the C-7 shifters to protect him on his mission, he feels an immediate and undeniable attraction to the huge blond protector.
Alrik’s body yearns for his client on sight, but for a shifter who prefers sex without sentiment, Ben presents a problem. Centuries earlier, Alrik learned that love was a worthless emotion that only served to trap those stupid enough to fall.
Review: I have to say, what an original take on your typical paranormal storyline. This is a wonderful paranormal gay romance! The main characters have great chemistry and the story is fast paced. The book has a strong start; the author does a good job setting up the characters' personalities and outlining the potential future conflicts of their relationship. The writing was good although sometimes it left me wanting to get to know more about the characters and the pace felt rushed at times.
C-7 is a group of seven genetic beings that are chameleon shifters not only have the ability to shift into any animal form, but also human form. The characters were well described and easy to relate to. Ben was a nice surprise--caring, clumsy, and enjoying every moment of his life. His clean persona and openness were charming and did not come off as forced or comic. Alrik was more complex, with a history that required him to always do what was needed and expected. These characteristics balanced each other perfectly, as should happen with a good romance, but with enough in common to make it believable. This book has some pretty hot sex scenes for that matter, and does use the concept of a destined mate, but building more on the relationship of the two main characters. And it was so very romantic.
All that said, I think it was a fantastic story with potential for future romance and storylines of the remaining characters. So I encourage you to give it a try because after all is said and done, these are great characters and their first foray into a loving relationship was a treat to read.