RELEASE DATE: 18th December, 2014
BLURB: Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he’d shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn’t have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.
Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he’d ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But eight years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.
Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.
Author note: The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love’s Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.
I would like to start off by saying that the way Lisa Oliver described Dimitri’s personal growth throughout the whole story, was truly captivating, I was drawn in immediately, it was just beautifully written.
Dimitri’s and Shane’s own story is entwined with an ongoing investigation of a Serial Killer who is focusing on young, attractive gay men. I admit that there were times when I did start to question whether this was really a romance?
Dimitri is very unpleasantly surprised when 8 years after he left the Pack, Shane suddenly appears and confronts him. However, it only takes one whiff of Dimitri and Shane’s world is suddenly turned upside down.
He realises that for the past 8 years, he’s missed out on something really, really important and needs to make amends immediately. But it’s not that simple, there is still the issue of the bullying and even worse than that, he tried to have a relationship with a woman even knowing that he had a Mate out there!
Another problem for Dimitri, is that he is having a hard time acknowledging the fact that his Mate is a male and therefore he will be considered as Gay. This is of course all due to his past history. He’s of the opinion that the rest of the world has got it all wrong, he’s still straight, absolutely no need to adjust whatsoever – oh boy, naïve or what!
I have to say that I really enjoyed seeing how he struggled, but there were times that I wanted to scream at him as well. He drifted along on a sea of doubt before it finally hit him of what was the most important thing to him – his Mate!
And let’s not forget the murder investigation. Initially everything pointed towards Shane being set up, but by whom? And more importantly, why? I got sucked in, I couldn’t wait to see who was framing Shane and killing the young men.
No spoilers, but I have to say that I was completely surprised by whom the culprit turned out to be, so well done author, you took me by surprise on that one. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed, highly recommended.