Monday, November 11, 2013

The Trials of Gregg

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-77111-704-3
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

John loved his life in the Navy.  He worked hard to achieve everything that he has in his life, but after one mistake, turning into his lion form, John finds himself in cuffs.  Taken to a large warehouse, he is unsure what to expect.  After being introduced to the coalition, his life begins to change in more ways than he expected.

The Trials of Gregg is the latest addition to The Lost Shifters series.  In a way this story takes the readers back the series origins, as John is a lost shifter returning to the fold.  I liked this character a lot.  He is tough, what you would expect from a SEAL, yet at the same time he does not try to hide how the changes forced on him unsettle him at times.  Gregg is a good counterpoint for John.  Like John, Gregg is also a shifter, but while he has been a member of the coalition for a while, he can’t help feeling like an outsider at times.  The fact that his father is the “town drunk” does not help either.  Being a member of the coalition’s military force means Gregg is capable of taking care of himself just fine, yet there are times when he would not mind having someone to rely on, which is where John comes in. 

As with past-mated pairs, the connection between John and Gregg is strong from their first meeting.  This does not mean they jump instantly into bed, or that everything between them goes smoothly.  There are numerous obstacles, both personal and professional, that make coming together a bit of a challenge.   Several previous characters show up to give these two men advice, as well as help move the story along.  There are also a couple of action scenes in the story, one of which will make John wonder just what he has gotten himself into.
Readers are sure to enjoy this newest addition to Ms. Hecht’s long-running series.  While I think it is helpful to read this series in order, The Trials of Gregg is one book that can be read on its own.

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