Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he's twice damned. Even his Alpha's grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.
5+ stars. Holy F balls, Kaje Harper just knocked it out of the park!
Best shifter book that I have read this year and best M/M shifter book that I have ever read. Period. This book was amazing. Now, it isn't a flashy, insta-love, rapey kind of shifter book, if that is what you are into. It is a beautifully, perfectly crafted love story that manages to make werewolves seem realistic and not cheese-tastic.
Can we just take a moment and appreciate the awesomeness that is Kaje Harper? I mean, this woman can write anything! Throw a paranormal/a contemporary/a sci-fi at her and she handles it like a pro! (hint, that is because she IS a pro). I am so throughly impressed with her versatility.
I honestly have very few complaints. The sex was sweet and sexy (and gay-first-timers is my favorite theme), the romance was natural and believable, and the pack/shifter aspect was world-builded to perfection. Some may complain about the slower pace, but I think it is that leisurely style that makes the build-up to the romance seem organic to me. And I thought that the pacing was spot on, for the record.
How happy am I that this was the book that I chose to get in paperback so Kaje Harper could sign it for me?! I hadn't even read it but I was gambling on it being amazing- that gamble paid off!
Thanks for checking out my review!! <3