Series: In the Shadow of the Wolf 01
Author: Diane Adams & R.J. Scott
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime (police/detectives/PI), Gay, Shape-Shifter
Length: Novel (181pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (27th August 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Jamie is human and he’s a wolf. Werewolves aren’t just some supernatural fairytale. They are a living breathing part of society. Once they hid their true natures, but now they are out and proud. Wolves are an accepted part of society, but even with all the new laws, it’s not easy.
Race relations made society complicated enough, and then came the gay rights movement adding a whole new dimension to the struggle for acceptance. Add a new species to the list and you have a whole different world
Rob is a cop and has just passed his thirtieth birthday, being promoted to a special police task force specializing in wolf / human cases. He sees it all. The seedy underbelly of city life, the fights, the murders, and the parts of human / wolf interaction that people would rather ignore. He meets a young man, Jamie, at a club and embarks on the hottest one night stand of his life. Little does he know that his lover is a shifter. He has no worries with wolves, but interspecies relationships are not on his to-do list.
When a case involving kidnappings of young werewolves lands on Rob’s desk the ugly face of the werewolf sex trade is something he has to deal with. With Jamie seemingly at the centre of it all can Rob push past his prejudices and keep his lover alive?
Pixie’s Reader’s Review: I really enjoyed this one, it was a refreshing change to read a shifter book that wasn’t all about sex and mates; although there is a lot hot sex and some discussion about mating.
Rob is horrified when he finds out that Jamie is a Wolf. He has nothing against them personally but he wouldn’t have sex with one…if he had a choice. Jamie doesn’t usually sleep with humans but there is just something about Rob. When Rob kicks him to the curb, Jamie realizes what has happened too late.
I thought the way that Rob handled everything was masterful, Jamie was headstrong and willful the supporting characters were incredible, too. They really added to the story. The story line is fantastic and written really well. Hopefully, this is opening up a new avenue in shifter stories where we have more realistic story lines and a different aspect to the ‘mating’ rules.
If you love shifter stories, hot men and crime stories then this is for you. Diane Adams & R.J. Scott, I can’t wait for the next one.
Portia’s Writer’s Review: For those of you thinking about writing a paranormal series, Shattered Secrets would be an excellent case study. Scott and Adams took a lot of time world building, without distracting the reader away from the main plot. The characters are wonderfully developed. I especially like the evolution of Rob. The attraction between Rob and Jamie is instant, but the love match takes a lot longer to develop.
Since this is obviously part of a series, there are some nice tidbits that will make you want to read the next story. The problem, if not the actual bad guys, is identified and the book ends on a deliciously suspenseful note. But, I didn’t have that unsatisfied feeling of incompletion that is too often present in series novellas. If I never read another book in this series, I felt that Scott/Adams wrote a complete story.
RJ Scott and Diane Adams are both phenomenal writers individually. Together they have created a series that is smart and sexy. May the literary gods bless this union for a very long time.