Shifting Sands by Joy Lynn Fielding ~ Review by Teresa

I love paranormal and find Siren a great publisher for hot escapist fiction, this looked like just the ticket!

ShiftingSandsTitle: Shifting Sands, Strength of the Pack Book 4

Author: Joy Lynn Fielding

Publisher: Siren

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he’s ever seen. It doesn’t take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce’s bed.

Bryce Reynolds believes there’s no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce’s prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t do commitment.

As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what’s happening between them, they’re drawn into a political battle—one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack.

My View

I was pleasantly surprised by Shifting Sands. I have never read this author before but find that most Siren novels are fun, fluffy, and filled with lots of hot sex, sometimes more sex than plot. While I truly like those types of books, it is also nice to read something with a little more substance.

I liked that in this story we have fated mates, but what differs is that it isn’t an instant “OMG what’s that smell? MINE” type of recognition. The realization is more subtle, and I appreciated that. It gave Tom and Bryce, our MCs, time to be attracted and get to know and like each other before being mates became an issue. And boy, does it become an issue!

I really adored both characters; they were stand up, good guys, hot, sexy and equally matched. The sex was steamy but not overpowering. The conflict between them didn’t feel contrived, though it wasn’t totally apparent as to why it happened at the time, it was cleared up satisfactorily in the end.

However, while Shifting Sands is book 4 in the series, I was told it could be read as a stand-alone. I would not recommend it. There are things missing about the back story and secondary characters that I feel would have made it a much more enjoyable read if I had known or understood them better. That being said, I was able to put enough together to get the plot surrounding the romance and was able to really enjoy it. It had intrigue and action and a “big screen” feel to some of the chapters that kept me interested.

Having read this book, I want to go back and read the first three to find out what I missed, and read the next in the series to see how it plays out. Always a good sign!

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I would like to thank Joy Lynn Fielding for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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