Author: Katya Harris
Series: Part of a Collection
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Three Petals
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When restlessness drives Shadow out of his MC's clubhouse and into the night, the last thing he expected was to find a half-dead werewolf. Shadow has never been known for his altruism, but he takes the wounded man back to his motorcycle club, the Hellbeasts.
Rand doesn't know who attacked him, but suspects at least one person from his own pack is involved. But even that might not be as bad as waking up in the midst of a group of misfit weres who don't seem to like him. Especially Shadow, the man charged with taking care of Rand, as compelling to Rand as he is frightening.
But before he and Shadow can work out what exactly they are and want to be to each other, Rand's attackers show up to finish the job.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Shadow is part of a motorcycle club of misfits. The members are from different types of were-animals, which is almost unheard of. They have to maintain a delicate balance in order to keep all the members of their club working together, so when Shadow brings back a half-dead werewolf he finds in the desert no one is happy. Rand, the half-dead werewolf, doesn't know who attacked him or why, but he quickly learns that fitting in with the club might just be impossible.
I liked the world Harris created for this story. The were animals live in packs within their specific were-species, but the misfits and outcasts need somewhere to go. That's where the club comes in. I know the idea of packs of like-minded instead of like-specied people working together isn't unique, but it worked as the set-up for this story.
What I didn't enjoy was the complete lack of emotional depth. Shadow sees Rand and it's insta-love. They have sex almost immediately. Yet, there isn't any build-up or exploration of feelings. Also, Rand knows that someone from his pack betrayed him and left him in the desert to die, but he barely has a twinge of anger or appears to feel upset over getting beaten at all. There needed to be considerably more emotional weight to this story for me to really enjoy reading it.
I thought the world building in this story, while not unique, was well done, however the story lacked any emotional depth. That lack really hurt my enjoyment of the story. I do recommend this book, however I do so with reservation.
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