Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Russell’s Reversal

Title: Russell’s Reversal
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-77111-025-9
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Dalton has a lot in his past to overcome.  Enslaved after the death of his family, it is only due to The Coalition that he is free today.  When he finds his mate at a wedding that ties a wolf pack with the coalition, he is thrilled beyond belief.  But then Russell’s past comes into play and Dalton wonders if their relationship is beyond fixing. 

Russell’s Reversal is the fourteenth addition to The Lost Shifter series.  While Dalton and Russell had been introduced in past stories, and their relationship was mentioned in the last book, the author backtracks so that the reader can see how the two met.  Although both characters pull you right in to this newest story, it was Russell that really grabbed me.  This is a character that was forced from his pack because he was gay and had to make a living any way he could.  Being branded an outlaw by the leader of his old pack, Russell decides to become one. I liked the fact that he makes no excuses for what he does, yet realizes that because of Dalton he must now change his ways.  

Dalton in some ways is still an innocent, even after having been a slave.  The connection he has with Russell is instantaneous and the two together are hot.  I loved the way Dalton stands up to the others in the coalition with regards to his relationship with Russell.  When he throws their behavior towards Russell into their faces I wanted to say “so there”.  When news that Russell, at one time, had contact with someone involved with slavers comes out, Dalton’s reaction is expected, so much so that you can see it coming. 

Russell’s Reversal is not only about the two men’s relationship.  With this story, the author moves the series in a new direction.  Due to the actions of the ravens, the relationship between humans and shape-shifters is about to change.  This opens the way for even more stories to be added to this series.  In many ways each book can be read as a stand alone; however, readers will get more enjoyment from them if read in order.

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