I read a lot of Siren Publishing’s books – like a huge amount. I have to admit I have a total addiction to their ManLove Collection. So I was pretty excited to get a chance to review the second book in the “Strength of the Pack” series.
Author: Joy Lynn Fielding
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Journalist Riley Clark is chasing the story that could make his career—the reported sighting of a fabled Argent shifter. His investigation takes him to the town of Elk Ridge, which turns out to be everything he hates. Things start to look up, however, when he meets Jason Nichols.
Jason is shy, sweet, and has the most beautiful smile Riley has ever seen. Riley wants to keep seeing that smile, and as he spends time with Jason, his hoped for scoop becomes less and less important. But his editor is still pressuring him for that story. So when Riley discovers that Jason is a member of the pack he’s in town to look into, it seems like fate—he can be with Jason and continue his investigation at the same time.
His plan has just one drawback—he hasn’t thought about what will happen if Jason and his pack discover Riley’s real reason for being in Elk Ridge.
Because I suck at math (I mean really suck) I had to ask my husband to figure out what percentage of books in my library are about shifters. He, of course, did it in his head in two seconds. Nearly twenty percent of my book library is made up of paranormal shifter stories. I asked him if that seemed weird, and he looked at me with disbelief and said, “You’re asking me if I think you’re weird because you own 240 books about werewolves… gay werewolves?” I wasn’t about to tell him that a good chunk of them weren’t even about wolves at all. I love stories about bears, dragons, space aliens, panthers, and even the occasional avian shifter.
Now that we’ve established that I am no stranger to this genre I will tell you why I love it so much. I think it’s all about the diversity and creativity involved. I really enjoy seeing how different authors handle creating fantasy. So many clever ideas about how the paranormal could work. I love them all. I love the wolves who are born, who are made and who find their “true mates.” It also amuses me to read about gay shifters because then you get a whole other layer of issues to go along with the fantastic world building possibilities. I mean, jeez, you have the whole issue of discrimination against shifters, and then you add the hatred of being gay into the mix too. Sometimes it can make for a really hot mess in stories. Lots of eye rolling fun.
Joy Fielding did a great job with her pack of shifters. This is the second story in the “Strength of the Pack” series, and because I had not read the first one I was concerned that I would be confused about things. That wasn’t true, but I will say after finishing this book I went and bought the first one because I really wanted to read more about these men and get a better feeling for the couple who started off the series. I think that anyone who enjoys these sorts of stories will be quickly addicted to this series too. It was very sexy and fast paced, but had enough love and emotion for me to get invested Jason and Riley’s affair very quickly.
In the world created for this book the general public knows about the existence of shifters. In fact, the whole plot is centered around a newspaper reporter that is on an assignment to uncover some shifter secrets and falls in love with one of the pack members. What I found interesting was that the wolf in this story was the innocent and naive one, and the human was the crafty and deceitful seducer. That really made seeing him get his comeuppance when his heart is changed by love rather satisfying.
So, if you’re like me and you find stories like this easy to read and rather entertaining I recommend you start with the first story, or do what I did and just dive in right here. But fair warning – you will probably find yourself buying the first book in the series anyway because these fun little lexicons of man love tend to be rather addicting – don’t they?
I would like to thank Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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