Friday, October 21, 2011

Shattered Secrets

Title: Shattered Secrets
Authors: Diane Adams & RJ Scott
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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ISBN: 9781920501709
Genre: {M/M} Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Jamie’s a werewolf living in a world where shifters are openly accepted, but even with the laws protecting them, life isn’t easy. Add being gay and having your parents throw you out of the house and things are even more difficult.  

Rob’s a cop working as part of a special police task force specializing in wolf / human cases. He meets Jamie in a club and embarks on a hot one-night stand that he’s more than willing to repeat, but doesn’t know his new lover is a wolf. It’s not that he has anything against shifters; he just isn’t interested in having a relationship with one. And when he learns the truth, he’s furious and throws Jamie out. 

When his unit investigates the disappearances of over a dozen female wolves, Rob learns someone is using the young shifters as sex slaves. After Jamie scents one of the victims, he ends up in the middle of Rob’s case. If Rob is to keep Jamie safe, he must shove aside his prejudices and accept his wolf lover for what he is. 

Shattered Secrets is the first book in the new series In The Shadow Of The Wolf by Diane Adams and R.J. Scott and it’s a promising look into their shifter world. I liked both Jamie and Rob, but wish their personalities had been a little more developed and that we’d learned more about their backgrounds. Their physical attraction was established before the book began, so their quick hook-up at the club was expected...and these two are sizzling hot together. After their initial bout of sex, I didn’t foresee Rob’s over-the-top reaction to the discovery Jamie was a wolf or his nasty rejection. It made him look a jerk and I thought bad things about him until things smoothed out for them. 

I appreciate the creative differences of the wolves in the story …how they matured, their transition into shifting and their mating and imprinting. I also enjoyed that while Jamie fit the mold of a typical wolf in some respects, in others he didn’t, making him a bit unique and unexpected. I do wish that the ‘breaking’ of the kidnapped wolves had been dealt with more and I’m hoping it will be thoroughly explained in the next book. 

There are numerous interesting secondary characters, most which are part of Rob’s task force and involved in the investigation of the missing girls. I really enjoyed this well plotted and executed part of the story, as well as the friendship between Rob and his partner. There’s also some good bantering conversation, anger, betrayal, pain and high emotions too. The story has a little of everything needed to be a good read, despite a few stumbles and inconsistencies. Give it a try.

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