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Review – Shifting Gears by Petra Lynn

Review: Shifting Gears by Petra Lynn

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: November 21, 2014
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

23438627“One rainy night, bike-shop owner Kenton Palmer finds an injured dog on the road and takes him to the nearest vet clinic, only to discover he’s actually a wolf. Undeterred, he wants to nurse the injured animal following a necessary surgery. The handsome Dr. Will Barclay’s interest and his own brand of animal attraction overwhelm Kenton, who’s been doubting himself after a failed romance.

Gray Fowler is a wolf-shifter and pack alpha. After Kenton rescues him and takes him home to heal, he’s forced to remain in wolf form. But that doesn’t prevent him from falling hard for Kenton. It begins as jealousy, but Gray soon discovers Will, Kenton’s new admirer, is caught up in something sinister. However, he’s forced to wait until he’s healthy before he can shift and enter Kenton’s life as a man. Then Gray must discover how Will’s shady activities are linked to the men who ran him down and expose the scheme before Kenton gets too involved with Will.”

I wanted to like this story so much. Such a great set up and I loved, loved, loved Kenton so much. He just wanted to find love and I can’t fault that. I adored him with wolf Gray but I’ll be honest when I read my romances I don’t want to read my main characters fucking other characters. I just don’t. I don’t need graphic details of the bad guy’s moves and his dick. It just doesn’t do it for me. Gray felt he blew it and made a mistake staying wolf so long and Kenton also started to feel like he’d made a mistake sleeping with Will. I was feeling uncomfortable because as a reader I knew Will was just using Kenton and I didn’t like reading it.

I also didn’t like Kenton and Gray’s first sexual encounter either. Sigh. These guys are so good together but things got weird. Once things moved beyond Kenton sleeping with Will and the men were interacting as two humans I settled in but I had a hard time moving beyond the first half. I did like the ending and I could read more about the men because I did really like them together and I enjoyed their chemistry and I’d like to see where their story goes next.

I’m giving “Shifting Gears” a D

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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