Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Finding Balance

Title: Finding Balance
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher’s URL: http://www.extasybooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-77111-074-7
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Detective Lyle Sullivan is taken hostage by a group of scientists and experimented on.  After escaping, he finds himself in the hospital, being cared for by a shape-shifter doctor and Todd, another shifter who claims to be Lyle’s mate.  While Lyle may know about shifters, after all his partner on the force is one, he’s not ready to be one himself. 

Finding Balance is a great addition to the Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  Both characters are ones we have met in previous books. Although it is not necessary to read the previous stories, it would be a good idea.  Todd is a wolf who spent three weeks being tortured by the same scientist that held Lyle.  In fact, it is while Todd was being rescued that he first scented his mate.  There is a lot that goes on from the time Todd is rescued till the time that he and Lyle come together as mates.  While I liked the way in which the author spread this period over the course of a few books, I did begin to wonder if we would ever see Todd and Lyle get together.  

Although Lyle already knows about the Stone Ridge pack and shifters in general, he has a hard time adjusting to what that now means to him, especially when his animal is revealed.  I will not tell you what he becomes, but I will say that the author’s knack for introducing more than the usual shifter animals into this series is just one of the reasons why I love it so much.   

Finding Balance is a fun story to read.  The characters are well developed and the passion between them is intense.   The ongoing conflict with the scientist will keep the readers glued to the book, while the wonderful secondary characters leave you wishing for even more stories.

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