Series: Wolves of Stoneridge 03
Author: Charlie Richards
Genre: Paranormal, Shifters, Inter-mating
Length: Novella (107pgs)
Publisher: eXtasy Books (2nd September 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Doctor Gordon Digby came to Stone Ridge to help rescued shifters heal from their time abused by poachers. Finding a mate wasn’t even a blip on his radar. Fate throws a wrench in his plans in the form of sexy tiger shifter Grady Stryker. The man sets Gordon’s blood on fire and scrambles his senses. But Grady’s a detective, and the good doctor has secrets he doesn’t want revealed, including his own animal’s transgressions.
Detective Grady Stryker believes finding your fated mate is the greatest gift a shifter can receive so he doesn’t understand Gordon’s reticence, until a friend gives him a little insight into Gordon’s past. His resolve set, Grady realizes the best way to win his mate just may be the most fun: seduction.
Grady’s plans get put on hold when more poachers appear in Stone Ridge. Except these humans aren’t really poachers. They know about shifters, and if they can’t capture them, they’ll eradicate them. Can Grady convince Gordon to accept him in time to stop the humans from harming more of their friends? Or will they be too distracted to see what’s right in front of them?
Review: Gordon has done his best to keep his animal on a short leash. He is scared of what it will do if he lets it out. That’s why he is unhappy to have discovered his mate. Grady is overjoyed to find his mate, now if only he can convince his mate that Gordon won’t hurt him.
This book was quite creative in its shifter pairing; it’s not very often you come across this exotic a shifter. Gordon lives in fear of his animal getting loose and wreaking havoc or hurting someone, so he keeps it under tight control. When Grady realizes what Gordon has been doing he sets out to show Gordon that releasing his animal and accepting it is better for Gordon and his animal side.
I enjoyed this book because even though it was instant mates, Gordon did try to ignore it because of his fear. The way that Grady helped Gordon with his fear was really good and showed that they are a good match. This is a really good story-line that has a slight twist. There seems to be a link to experiments carried out over 170 years before which I thought was great. Grady is determined to not only keep his mate but to also find the poachers who have been kidnapping shifters. I also really like the fact that each story in the series gives us more to chew on with the poacher/kidnapping theme. And the ending to this one… talk about a teaser, *sheesh*. Another thing that I loved about this one is that Gordon isn’t a sculpted muscle-bound shifter, he has a bit of extra weight and the best thing is, is that it isn’t a huge big deal and Gordon is quite happy with himself as well.
I recommend this to those who love shifters, inter-species mating, hot sex, hot men, a brilliant story-line and a happy ever after that leaves us with a cliff-hanger ending.