Reviewed by Sarina
This is a Series Review of The Shifter Rescue Series (Books 1 – 2)
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Changeling Press
While I like the series overall, I find the stories are a little simplistic for my tastes at times. These first two books have the same main characters, which is why I decided to review them together, and I wouldn’t recommend reading book two on its own as you’ll miss some of the context. The concept of the series is unique, and I liked the setting quite a bit even if I didn’t get to see as much of it as I wanted. If you enjoy Sean Michael’s works you may like this series as well but this is also an easier read than some previous publications so take that with a grain of salt. I may or may not continue with the series depending on what is released in the future; I’m currently holding a lot of hope that Pirou will get his own story as out of the three books I’ve read, he’s by far my favorite character. My overall rating of the series is more like a 3.3* but I rounded it up in the end.
LENGTH: 51 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2015
Sometimes life gives you something magical — if Drill can rescue a dragon that is.
The Old Tavern Club is a front for a shifter rescue organization. The BDSM club works well in keeping the owner’s true purpose secret, but when Pirou makes an unusual rescue, it might just be beyond the clubs purview. So he calls in Drill, the owner’s brother.
Drill has never even heard of a dragon shifter before much less seen one, yet that’s exactly what the beast in the club’s basement looks like. As he works with the dragon, he finds all his instincts insisting that this is the sub he’s been looking for. Can Drill and Az the dragon rescue a happy ending for themselves?
I did like this one but also find myself with mixed feelings about some aspects of it. I love dragons and I really haven’t read enough dragon shifter stories in my opinion, so I was looking forward to reading this one for that part of it alone. Bearing in mind that the dragon in question hasn’t shifted into a man but maybe a couple of times by the start of this story, I was willing to give some leeway in his behavior at times since I figure he’s still learning how to do things as any other human would. Az is understandably skittish based on what you learn of his time before being rescued but the connection between him and Drill is made near instantly which helps to bring him out of his shell a little bit.
The biggest problem I had, which I sometimes notice in other books by this author, is that Az’s dialogue was really simplistic whereas Drill’s was great. I’m still willing to give some leeway in some areas but this was a little too simple and kind of made me wonder whether there was supposed to be something wrong with Az as to where he couldn’t form more complex sentences. *shrugs* I did enjoy the story but not as much as I expected to; it is complete and you don’t have to read the next book in the series if you don’t want to though you’ll get a bit more story progression if you do.
LENGTH: 64 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 22, 2015
Life is never dull when you’ve become a dragon shifter’s keeper. Now that Drill is Az, the dragon shifter’s, keeper, it’s time for them to move out of the basement. Being the owner’s brother has some perks and Pirou has renovated their rooms to include everything that could make a dragon shifter and a master happy. With a place of their own, Az and Drill are free to explore each other and their special relationship. The slavers who first stole Az still want the dragon they lost, though, and when they attack, it exposes Az and Drill to the rest of the residents at the Old Tavern Club, including Drill’s brother and club owner Drongo. Can Az and Drill survive the exposure?
Beginning a couple of weeks after Scales ends, Claws continues the deepening relationship between Drill and Az. With their rooms finally done, Drill and Az finally get to move into their own space to continue Az’s recovery and training. The story in this one runs along the same lines as the previous book as Drill and Az are still learning about each other as Drill tries to acclimate his dragon to his new circumstances. Drill also begins working more on Az’s training as a sub though there weren’t as many bdsm elements as I was expecting.
I liked the story a bit more than the first one as you got to see Az come out of his shell a little more, especially around Pirou, and there was a bit more to the plot than just seeing Drill and Az together. The action, while later in the book than I was expecting, was a welcome break from just seeing the relationship develop more between the main characters and I also liked how you finally get an introduction to the man behind the shifter rescue operation, Drogo. I still had some problems with how simplistic Az was in his dialogue most of the time but I find that the addition of the attempted kidnapping balanced that out in the book’s favor. (At least to a point.) You really need to read the first book to better grasp some aspects of this one but if you were really determined, you could probably get through it without a ton of issues. I liked the story but it wasn’t spectacular; it made for an easy way to kill some time though and I enjoyed it for the most part.