Author: Petra Lynn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
One rainy night, bike-shop owner Kenton Palmer finds an injured dog on the road and takes him to the nearest vet clinic, only to discover he’s actually a wolf. Undeterred, he wants to nurse the injured animal following a necessary surgery. The handsome Dr. Will Barclay’s interest and his own brand of animal attraction overwhelm Kenton, who’s been doubting himself after a failed romance.
Gray Fowler is a wolf-shifter and pack alpha. After Kenton rescues him and takes him home to heal, he’s forced to remain in wolf form. But that doesn’t prevent him from falling hard for Kenton. It begins as jealousy, but Gray soon discovers Will, Kenton’s new admirer, is caught up in something sinister. However, he’s forced to wait until he’s healthy before he can shift and enter Kenton’s life as a man. Then Gray must discover how Will’s shady activities are linked to the men who ran him down and expose the scheme before Kenton gets too involved with Will.
As you know, I am fairly picky about what shifter stories I take the time to read. Something about the blurb for Shifting Gears by Petra Lynn intrigued me. At first I had to check to make sure I hadn’t yet read it as the summary harkened back to another shifter story I enjoyed. Once ensured I had not, indeed, read the original release I had to give it a try.
I am glad I did. It is a quick enough read that even if I hadn’t enjoyed it as much as I did, it would not have been a great loss. Kenton is in a bad place relationship-wise. His confidence is down, and he is ripe for the picking by the less than honorable Dr. Will. Gray is a shifter who is injured in his wolf form and rescued by Kenton.
The premise was interesting because Kenton and Gray met and initially bonded while Gray is in wolf form. I liked that this wasn’t a fated mates thing. I don’t have huge issues with well-done fated mates, but it does get tiring, so I enjoy a good mate for love, like Shifting Gears story now and then. There is no mate bonding. What there is in this story is rough sex with the wrong man, hot sex with the fantasy… who just might be Mr Right, and a little mystery.
As with many novellas, I would like to have had a bit more back story on Kenton and Gray so that I could have cared more about the outcome. The author did, however, do an excellent job of making me despise Will. I also never really got the wolf side of the shifters. The author alluded to the pack and the pack structure, but I never connected with Gray as a wolf and as the alpha of his pack. It felt like everything was explained or shown in a cursory manner.
I would have liked a little more detail throughout to connect better with the characters and plot. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story for what it was. If you have a couple of hours and want a fairly light, surface look at a shifter and human mating, pick up Shifting Gears by Petra Lynn.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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