Monday, February 25, 2013

Ackley’s Savior

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-77111-464-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Even with a variety of coalition members around him, Ackley feels alone at times and wishes for a mate to care for.  Unfortunately, Ackley is unable to see what is right in front of him, until Isaac becomes hard to miss.

The 20th book in The Lost Shifters series starts with a punch and keeps going.  Ackley’s Savior brings back a couple of previous characters and throws them together.  Ackley is an assassin who not only had to adjust to being a member of the coalition, but also has to break in a new partner after his twin brother decides to stop going out on missions. He wants a mate just like his brothers, but what he gets is the total opposite.  I really liked that the author decided to give this tough assassin someone who is just as capable of taking care of himself as Ackley is.  Isaac may have had to become a warrior with no formal training, but that does not mean he isn’t as tough as the next man.

Of course this becomes an issue between the two men.  While the fans know that once these two really spend some time together the attraction between them will be hard to ignore, Ackley has some changes to make regarding the caring of a mate before their relationship can really go forward.  I liked watching the adjustments he made, especially since Isaac can be a little snarky at times and doesn’t pull any punches.  When the men reach the point where they can move their relationship to the next level, the pages really burn.

The battle the shifters in this series are fighting continues and during the course of one of their missions, they learn of a new arch enemy, one they only know by a nickname.  The author throws in some twists and turns during one of the coalition missions, and I was surprised by some of the twists.  Ackley’s Savior is a little bloodier than some of the books, but all of the violence is necessary to the storyline. 

While Ackley’s Savior can be read as a stand-alone, I would suggest that you read When Tatum got bit by a Spider so that you can understand more about Ackley’s background.

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