Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit
SERIES: The Shifters # 1.5
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 39 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2011
Sequel to Psychic Moon
Derek and Brian are celebrating their first Christmas together, and Brian is determined to show Derek a Christmas like those he shared with his family back east. A wolf shifter, Derek has never celebrated a traditional Christmas before; his pack usually shifts on Yule and hunts. But Brian’s holiday plans—and his future with Derek—are threatened by the unexpected appearance of Brian’s abusive ex-boyfriend, who refuses to let Brian go.
I always really enjoy when an author gives these little ‘extra’ stories within a series; its always nice to see and get to know characters I enjoyed a little better outside of a greater story arc. The story set up is fairly straight forward: its Brian and Derek’s first Christmas and since Derek’s family never celebrated the holiday in a ‘traditional’ manner, and as both of their families cut them off for being gay, Brian wants this Christmas to be perfect. When his ex shows up determined to get him back, however, Brian fears his plans may be ruined.
I actually really enjoyed this little extra glimpse into this universe; I enjoyed both main characters in the first book of the series and I liked how the author both brought in and gave resolution to a big part of Brian’s past: his abusive ex-boyfriend. Brian was still the same caring individual you saw in the last book but you actually get to see Derek acting like the Alpha he is, which was nice, as it was mostly tamped down before. What was great to see, however, was how Derek willingly pushed aside his own desires and instincts when it came to dealing with the abusive ex in order to do things the way that Brian wanted him to. Despite being a big wolf powerhouse, Derek was all about making sure his partner was happy and taken care of.
The ex was handled well and there was a nice happy ending to go with it so I was fairly pleased with the story overall. It was great getting to see Brian and Derek more settled in with each other and I look forward to seeing where they go from here. There were also enough Christmas touches for me to consider this a nice kick off to my holiday reading season. 🙂 If you enjoyed the previous book and would like another look at Brian and Derek, you’ll enjoy this little short as well.