One Bit at a Time by Sydney Presley ~ Book Review by Queue

One-bitTitle: One Bit at a Time

Author: Sydney Presley

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Sarah Smeaton

Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/21/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance


Being thought of as a freak wasn’t something Raven cherished.

Raven has been brought up as a shifter in the city, along with his siblings, hiding what he is from humans. His father became abusive as soon as Raven’s mother died, and after a traumatic childhood, plus being caught wearing his sister’s clothes, Raven knows it’s time to run away.

He takes off in search of a wolf haven, knowing they’ll take him in but worrying over how his siblings will fare now he’s not there. He meets Boss, the owner of the compound, and realizes that not everyone shuns a cross-dresser. What follows is a new journey of discovery—not only can Raven wear what he wants, but he can be exactly who he is too.

The problem is, his past won’t let him go, and someone is on a mission to drag Raven back home to his father. And that someone doesn’t seem to want to take no for an answer…

Reader advisory: This book contains references of homophobic language.

My View:

This could’ve been a much better story than it actually was. I think the focus was on the wrong things and the factors that could’ve carried the book were ignored.
The book starts with wolf shifter Raven running away from his abusive father toward a wolf haven. However, more than a quarter of the novella was spent with Raven in the woods searching for his destination. On the way, Raven thinks about his life and that means flashbacks. Lots and lots of flashbacks. I don’t know about other readers, but my eyes tend to glaze over when I see pages and pages of italics. I think flashbacks should be used sparingly to enhance the story.
If what happened in the past is that important to the entire story then the novella should start there. I wanted to know more about Raven but all I got was a superficial glance at the young man. I was told lots of things about him, but not really shown anything.
I loved the fact that Raven was not only gay but also a crossdresser, but almost everything about this fact is told to me. There’s a few words about why he likes to cross dress but I wanted to know more.
When Raven arrives at the haven he meets Boss and it’s insta-love right away. It’s great that Boss doesn’t care his newly found mate likes to wear dresses but everything about these two finding each other was glossed over. Was I supposed to feel the love? I didn’t because their emotions weren’t shown to me, I was told how they felt.
It felt like I watched only the middle of the movie, missing the beginning and the end which were far more exciting.
3 stars


One Bit at a Time on Goodreads
Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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