Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/07/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Chief of Police John Dakota is in a world of trouble. His peaceful town of Seaside, Oregon, has been rocked by a wave of unsolved murders. The bloody deaths are eerily reminiscent of ones that occurred in Seaside years ago. Back then John worked hard to make sure the truth about the killer was never revealed. Now he’s afraid the past is coming back to haunt him.
Trevor English, the nosy reporter who occasionally shares John’s bed, is demanding information about the crimes. He also wants more of John’s affections. But John can’t afford to give in to either demand without risking the revelation of Seaside’s biggest secret: the town is a haven for shifters, and John is one of them.
To solve the crime—and prevent more victims—John must delve into the past. Many members of Seaside’s shifter community are involved, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell which residents can be trusted. Even John’s family isn’t above suspicion. The body count is rising, and it looks like John is the killer’s next target.
Wild Retaliation had a very good and mysterious, if gruesome, plot. The murders were horrific and I was surprised by the killer. Not that the motive was unexplained, but I didn’t see it coming.
I liked that there were all manner of shifters, not just wolves, and that they all got along, more or less. The lore behind the shifting was interesting. I was surprised though that there weren’t more shifters on the police force. In a town of 3000, a 1000 of which being other, you would expect more. That didn’t affect my liking of the story though.
John and Trevor seemed an unlikely pair, though they were hot between the sheets. I found it interesting to see John re-evaluate his relationship status as the book went on. We don’t see much about Trevor, we don’t get to know him well… where he came from, his family, his past is all missing. It is sometimes difficult in a first person narrative to get in depth with the other characters, but I think we could have had more information.
There is a major plot point that isn’t well explained and left me wondering, however, if you just roll with the punches and allow it to be a deus ex machina it works.
This is my second book by Ethan Stone, and based on it, I will definitely check out more of his work and this series.
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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