An Intrepid Trip to Love
Author: Charlie Cochet
Title: An Intrepid Trip to Love
Series: A Little Bite of Love 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: 4 Petals
On the Author's Website: http://www.charliecochet.com/a-little-bite-of-love/
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Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan is a Husky shifter who was born to be the Hagan Clan’s next Alpha, a position of honor and nobility, a position he never wanted and was all too happy to pass onto his younger brother. But when they discovered his brother couldn’t have pups, the responsibility of continuing the Hagan Alpha line fell back to Trip. Under the weight of the Hagan Council’s demand to fulfill his duty, Trip settled down and produced an heir, but after years of struggling to uphold his family’s traditions, Trip found the courage to do what no other Hagan Alpha had done in the history of the clan: he came out.
Five years later, and Trip is living a happy life with his cheeky pup and their own little makeshift family. True mates within canine shifter clans are very rare, but Trip has had one since he can remember. Despite losing his heart to Boone twenty years ago, Trip holds little hope of ever getting to bond with the sexy Enforcer, as it’s against clan laws for pure-bloods to bond with half-breeds. With the call from their feral halves to seal the bond growing stronger by the day, can Trip and Boone find a way to be together without losing everything?
From page one all the way to the end, this story pulled me in and kept me there. The world building was absolutely exquisite. Chochet creates a world where shapeshifters live in a modern world torn apart by the emergence of magic. It is slowly healing and in the wake of that disaster new societies have bloomed. Like shifters live in packs and communities together, and the reader is deposited directly into the center of a pack of husky wolf shifters. Their customs and culture are deeply thought out and the struggles the characters go through are real and very heartfelt. For those afraid of spiders, you will definitely commiserate--and laugh--with the characters. I won't go into too much detail so as not to spoil the book.
The romance is a type of insta-love, but it is crafted in a way that it feels genuine. Trip and Boone know they are mates thanks to their shifter abilities, but it is a forbidden love because of pack politics. Trip is next in line to be Alpha while Boone is a Devil Dog, a type of body guard. Their struggle to allow their love to blossom amid pack rules that forbid it is very well crafted. I rooted for them every moment.
The best part of the book is definitely Robbie, Trip's son. He's bubbly and buoyant. Robbie helps make the book humorous and breaks up the serious moments with perfectly timed and adorable jokes. The book is worth reading just because of him.
The major drawback to the book is the fact that it is very short. There is so much of the world that is not explained, including a nightmare creature that allegedly lives in the woods. There is a lot of foreshadowing about this creature, yet it is arbitrarily forgotten underneath the struggles among the pack. It also was never realy explained how the world became as dysfunctional as it is. Additionally, in the introduction the author mentions that there are other types of shifters and a wider society set in the United States and Canada, yet that larger world is completely forgotten. The book feels small and isolated because of that. Much of this is admittedly caused due to the short length of the book, but a lot of potential was unfortunately lost.
Maggie's Final Recommendation:
This book is a cute and fun read with enough plot twists that the book doesn't feel too much like fluff. A must read! I'm hoping the sequel, Healing Hunter's Heart, expands the world and erases the few drawbacks in this book.
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