Title: Hunting Season Hijinks (Wolves of Stone Ridge: Book 38)
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 103 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Shifters
At a Glance: Another entertaining episode for this series. Yes, it’s a formula, but it works.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Out of the Cage: Cupid isn’t the only one who shoots arrows.
Gideon Ruck has been bow hunting the woods of Colorado with his father for nearly two decades. In that time, he’s seen an odd thing or three, but he’s always kept his mouth shut. After all, he believes what animals do in the wild is their own business. Plus, who would he tell? When his father comes down with the flu, he starts the hunting season alone. His first morning out, he sinks two arrows into the biggest buck he’s ever seen, but it still takes off. When Gideon finally catches up with the injured animal, he finds not a deer stuck with his arrows, but a man…a naked man. Even with panic spiking through him, Gideon takes one look at the stranger’s fine backside and knows he can’t walk away. Fearing the repercussions for shooting something other than a deer, he takes him home. The man says he’s Alejandro Lopez and makes his attraction clear, along with his desire to find one of those odd things Gideon has seen. Is Gideon ready or even willing to turn his life upside down for a complete stranger…even one he accidentally shot?
Review: Gideon is one of the rare folks who has a suspicion that all around him is not exactly as it seems. He’s grown up in Stone Ridge, and in the wilderness surrounding his home, he’s seen some pretty strange stuff over the years. He is out hunting when he hits a buck with two arrows. It takes him a while to track his quarry, and when he does, he’s surprised to find an injured man, unconscious, that he has obviously shot. He feels terribly guilty and responsible, so he takes the man home and tends to his injuries.
When the man wakes up, he turns out to be a deer shifter who has fled his pack due to a homophobic alpha and his ruthless beta mother. His name is Alejandro and he’s curious as to how Gideon knows he is a shifter. Turns out Gideon doesn’t really know a lot, but he seems to accept pretty easily what Alejandro tells him—although he is a bit thrown by the mate thing.
There is a subplot about an ex that leads to the involvement of a number of the Stone Ridge pack and the associated shifters. It’s always nice to see Declan and his enforcers, and some of the other folks who have made Stone Ridge their home. Gideon is a bit overwhelmed a few times, but he is actually easy going, which serves him well with all the new revelations.
Even for this series, the mate bond is quickly explained. I liked Alejandro, and Gideon seems like a good guy. I’m sure they will have no trouble adjusting to their new relationship and the town. Yes, it’s a formula, but it works. I hope we get to see them involved with more of the pack in future installments. For fans of the series, this is an entertaining episode that introduces a few new characters.
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