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The best I can say about this book is I didn't "hate" it and I finished it. First off it is told in the storytelling form where the reader is told most of the info instead of having a POV from one of the MCs. I'm usually OK with that, but it prevents the reader from really identifying with the MCs because they are so arm's length. Second, it really is all over the place and has WAY too many characters with absolutely no or very little backstory on any. It is really just a story about a shifter pack and how it grew. Brian and Luke get together via insta love, as shifter are prone to do, then really nothing else happens. The theme is suppose to be how Luke's (Brian's Mate) became the "heart" of the pack, which is sweet, but a little boring. The narrator does an OK job, not really bad, but nothing special. Not worth a credit, maybe a sale for a sweet comfort read.
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When I get a book to review, my first and foremost priority is honesty. Integrity is my friend and I want to keep our relationship tight. So after listening to five hours of this book, and they were long hours, I was left with... very few positive things to say.
Where do I start? This book has a terrible case of insta-love, one of my biggest no-goes. It takes a very skilled author to pull off insta-love and Hollis Shiloh didn't manage it here. The relationship between Brian and Luke was awkward and stilted at best, so the jump from "hello"---> "love" was sudden and unwelcome. In terms of the chemistry between Brian and Luke, well, I didn't feel any.
I happen to really enjoy paranormal books, shifter books in particular, but this shifter world was... yeash. These shifters were so tame! They bought their meat from a grocery store, didn't fight, and didn't do much of anything, really. The world was lackluster and left me wondering why the author wrote a shifter book in the first place. I like my shifters large and in charge, not meek.
In addition, the plot never seemed to go anywhere. It was rambling and unfocused. The writing also had too much telling and too little showing for my taste. I felt numb to these characters. Even the love scenes did nothing for me.
I also wish the author had left out some more... indelicate... details. I did NOT need to know that Brian could smell some woman's urinary incontinence pads. TMI, man.
Lastly, I can't write a review of an audiobook without a comment on the narrator. I did not enjoy the narration of this book. It was overacted and all of the characters sounded exactly the same. It felt campy and it was difficult for me to listen to.
As you can see, this book was a miss for me.
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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