Author: Kay Walker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages
At a Glance: Steampunk and shifters collide in this fun daily dose story.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Henry Dalton is sent across the country by train to the western town of Woolridge in order to investigate the werewolf problem they’re having during the monthly moon cycle. The townsfolk are not forthcoming with information, making it difficult for Henry to solve the case.
Even more distracting is Jack, a handsome older lycanthrope. Known for his rebellious youth, Jack has settled down into life and routine in Woolridge, working as the local blacksmith. He assures Henry he’s no longer trying to stir up trouble, that those days are long gone. Henry must attempt to ignore the spark between them, the indication of their potential to become mates, which is rare because Henry is human. Henry remains professional and focuses on his job, but each meeting with Jack adds to the draw, and Henry isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be able to resist.
Review: I’ve honestly never read a story before this with steampunk and shifters, so this was a treat. Granted, the steampunk is light, and I supposed some could argue that it’s not steampunk, but I’m going to call it that; there’s interesting, advanced inventions, steam-powered machines, and copper. So there.
In this America, shifters and humans live alongside each other relatively peacefully. That isn’t to say they haven’t had a past. There were problems with the government and lycanthropes before, but they have since settled differences and made new laws to protect everyone. Henry was previously mated to a werewolf who died in the fight with the government after he was shoved into a sort of werewolf mate ghetto. Jack is the older man who led the rebellion and also lost a mate in the fighting. When they meet, the sparks fly, just about literally, and they are attracted to each other. But it takes time for them to get together since Henry has a job to do that he cannot compromise.
I liked that they took their time getting together. The ending did feel a little rushed, and I would have liked a little more, but overall, it was a good pace for the characters and the story. There are a few things left out, such as what happened to the sheriff, but since it wasn’t integral to the relationship building, I suppose it can be overlooked.
I think this is one Daily Dose story worth a look, if you’re into steampunk or shifters.
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