Shadows in the Night
Title: Shadows In The Night
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press July 2013
Rating: C List:
Blurb: When Chip Riley’s beloved granny passes away, she leaves him all her money, her land, and a house that needs some tender love and care. She never mentioned the legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate.
Jason Sky has lived since buffalo roamed the land. When his totem spirit, a black cougar, saves a little girl, he doesn’t realize that generations later, her grandson will become his mate, leaving him to take on a modern man with modern ideas. But that’s the least of his problems.
Garon, another shifter with a long-held hatred for Jason, plots to kidnap Chip and lure Jason to his death. Soon Chip finds himself in an untenable position between a rock and a hard place. A leap of faith may be the only way to save himself and the man he’s learned to love.
Review: I am a sucker for shifter stories, so I snapped this book up. There were elements that I enjoyed. There were some situations that had me chuckling and shaking my head.
Poor Chip was having a very rough time, it seems like everything in his life was falling apart. Enter Jason whose pursuit is a welcome distraction from his grief. From the first moment he is drawn to the powerful alpha and quickly finds himself in over his head.
Jason was all sexy, dominant beast, ready to claim his mate. His animal was always very real to him and their interactions were frequently amusing. I liked that Chip was always his priority. He had always known Chip was his mate, but Chip was completely in the dark about his very existence. I found it odd that they weren’t already friends or that Chip didn’t at least know of Jason from his grandma.
I liked that Chip didn’t immediately fall into Jason’s arms, but made him explain how mating would change his life. The way that Jason, and Chip’s grandmother, left Chip with no real options seemed very unfair. I liked the close relationships that Chip had with his grandmother and his best friend, Simon. I liked the Native American elements in the story and all of the different types of shifters. I would have liked to have seen more world building regarding these shifters and how their world worked, maybe that will come in the future books in the series.
I struggled with the way that all of the characters were incapable of having an inner monologue. I found their constant talking aloud to no one very distracting. I felt that the bad guy, Garon, had too much page time. He was a little over the top for me and I found him to be confusing and inconsistent.
This was a different type of book, it won’t be for everyone. But if you like your shifters to come in unusual flavors and are looking for a different reasoning for their origins, this book definitely follows its own rules.
Reviewed by Nina
Posted on August 20, 2013, in Nina and tagged a haunting past, C List, Contemporary, Cougar, defies categorization, DSP, Family, fantasy, fantasy in modern times, First Love, Grief, Hummingbirds, Kidnapping, M/M, Mates, Native American, Neighbors, Nina, Older Man, paranormal, romance, Series, Shifters, Small Town, Totem Spirit. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.