Title: Ethan (True: Book One)
Author: Rowan McBride
Publisher: Loose Id (FREE Download)
Length: 37 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Shifters
At a Glance: This quick little read packed quite a punch and was extremely enjoyable.
Reviewed By: Lindsey
Blurb: Ethan is a shapeshifter whose life force is rooted in the ability to love. When he is cast aside by his mate of six years, he has one cycle of the moon to find a new one. If he does, he is reborn. If he doesn’t…
Brendan isn’t going to let him die.
Review: It’s hard to pack a lot into thirty-seven pages but somehow, someway, this story managed it. True, there is a major insta-love element, and little to no build up for Ethan and Brendan, but there is also an explanation for the insta-love, so I could get behind it, in this case.
Ethan is Novahn, a form of shapeshifter but not in the sense I am used to. Ethan shapeshifts to reflect the desires of his taken mate. There are rules, and because Novahn are beings who essentially need to be tied to a mate, when he loses his, his death is set—unless he finds another mate. But that isn’t always so easy to do.
For being so short, there is a nice backstory and world-building. Could it use more? Absolutely. I would love to know more about the Novahn and how they came to be here, and their culture. There was enough dropped throughout that made me extremely curious as to their shapeshifting and the rules they live by, but enough information was given for the purpose of this story. I won’t lie, though; there is so much potential here that it could totally carry a full-length novel. So, yes, the story could have been longer, and I would not have been the slightest bit upset. Even so, I didn’t need it to be longer, and that is the most important factor. There was a great pacing, the characters were both explored fairly well, the story had a beginning that captured my attention. Pretty much a story with all the elements needed to make it work, just delivered in a delicious little package.
A sweet little romance and an HEA, totally recommended for someone looking for a quickie read to fit into a short amount of time.
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