Title: Finnshifters Series
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Mikael Jarvela may only be a half shifter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be alpha of the eastern Finland farm-turned-sanctuary his father founded. Six wolves, a red fox, a black jaguar, and a lynx all think of him as the head of the family. But Mikael doesn’t have anyone to call his own until he comes across an injured Siberian tiger in the woods.
From the moment the animal recovers and Mikael and Maxim meet face to human face, the attraction between them is undeniable. They strike up a tentative relationship, but they’re both proud men, and their egos keep getting in the way. Just when it looks like their romance is doomed, an outside threat to the family—to Mikael—forces Maxim to choose between the life of solitude he knows and the love and companionship that could be his if he stays.
Taglon by the Tail
Before coming to the Jarvela Farm, a sanctuary located in Finland, jaguar shifter Noah Moore did something that terrified him: he fell in love. But he was brave and took the chance… and ended up fleeing the States to nurse a broken heart. Though he’s happy enough living among others of his kind, being surrounded primarily by happy couples reminds him of what he’s missing.
When Dallas, the biracial tiglon shifter responsible for Noah’s heartache, turns up at the farm, Noah gets the shock of his life. Though the feelings are still there, so is the pain. Dallas desperately wants to make it up to Noah and win him back, but he knows he has to do it on Noah’s terms—and only with the farm family’s approval. Can Dallas convince Noah to stop living in the past and move into the future with him?
Howl Sweet howl
Life at the Jarvela farm hobbles on when the new year rolls in. Losing his wife and co-alpha in the storm of the decade emotionally paralyzed Sean, though he tries to cope and attempts to pick up the pieces with their children. Rider, another alpha, could give him the love and comfort he needs, but Sean is too depressed to recognize the possibility of having a male partner, and he goes into mental tailspin.
Rider makes the hard decision to leave for a while, and Sean turns his energy and sadness into working on the neighboring Metsala farm with the other members of their farm family. But Sean isn’t really getting better, and that won’t change until he can let his wolf out again. If he doesn’t, he might lose his sanity too.
As you have guessed, I have been devouring shifter stories for the past week or so. In going through my personal eBook library, I came across Chuffed by Tia Fielding. It is a story I picked up during on of Dreamspinner Press’ TweetAways last year so I thought I would give it a go. Since it was book one in a trilogy, I decided to read all three.
I don’t like books that leave me off-balance and confused, and these stories repeatedly did. I got lost among the dynamics of this ragtag pack of shifters, having to refer repeatedly to early pages and chapters to remember who was who and how they fit. I also found that the main love connection was often lost and overshadowed by the myriad of minor and background plots… which mainly served to setup the following book in the series. I also never felt like I got to know the characters sufficiently. Finally, I often felt like I was “missing something” vital to the plot.
That being said; there are some good points about this series. First of all,
it does not suffer from the fated mates syndrome. I know many people love that trope, but I am a fan of my characters having free will. These guys and gals all have that. Secondly, each story is a quick and relatively light read. Even with the death in book two, my mood was never dragged down. Finally, this book was set outside the US and the UK. I enjoy when authors, especially those from different countries, take the chance to base their stories in a place they know. I enjoyed by little visit to Finland.
I am not entirely sure why these two individuals got together, other than one is a Tiger shifter, and the other is half tiger shifter. There was no spark or reason for them to be together. Maybe if more time was given to the pairing, or anything else in the book, I might have felt it more. There was a lot of potential action that was glossed over or told to the reader for the sake of brevity. This is a problem that is repeated throughout the series.
Tiglon By the Tail
As far as pairings went, Dallas and Noah were probably my favorite. Not just because they were American, but because I felt like they worked for their happy ending. Yes, it was quick, but of all the couples in the first 3 books of this series, they are the only ones I felt I knew on some level. I also liked that Dallas was interracial, and their pairing was interspecies. I thought that was a nice parallel. As I mentioned before and later, the secondary plot lines, however, were distracting from the main pair. There was once again a lot of telling and skimming the action.
Howl Sweet Howl
I will be honest, by the time the I was ready for the third book in this series, I probably would have put the series down and not completed it if I had not agreed to review the series. The pairing in Howl Sweet Howl was set up in book two with the death of Zoya, the female alpha of the wolf pack. There was already “Something” going on among Zoya, Sean, and Rider… so by getting rid of Zoya that took an obvious MMF to an obvious MM pairing. I felt this entire book was forced and just served to set up the continuation of the series.
If you like shifters, especially if you like non-wolf shifters, this is probably a good series for you. I am just not enough of a shifter connoisseur for this one.
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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