Title: Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters: Book Two)
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 129 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: A sequel that didn’t quite live up to its predecessor.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.
Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.
They could end up losing their lives.
Review: While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I wasn’t best pleased with this sequel. The plot and the writing was clean, clear, and concise, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The mystery was easily solvable with the clues given by the author, but it was the romance aspect and the characters themselves I took issue with.
The interesting changes to the cliched genre of shifters just seemed lacking in this installment. All the regular tropes, i.e. insta-lust/love, mates, and Mpreg made an appearance in this book, and I didn’t really care for style in which it was introduced. Not that I don’t enjoy these types of writings sometimes, but all of them at once, in the same novel, was a bit overt and ambitious, and it didn’t work well for me.
The main characters, to me, had little chemistry together. Amante was shifty from the very beginning, and felt untrustworthy. Tyson was very young, just eighteen, and his character profile didn’t fit much with what was written in the summary. He was just a cadet, just entering law enforcement, but he had all these hunches and instincts that played out in his favor for solving the cases he attended. In fact, he solved the mystery of the drug ring and instigated its break-up all by himself, while the seasoned lawman ran around like a chicken with its head missing.
Overall, I just didn’t enjoy this sequel as much as I thought I would because the entertaining changes to the genre from the first novel were missing in this one.
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