Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Love is a Whirlwind
SERIES: The Shifters #2
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 114 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2012
Ryan and Caleb became the best of friends while Caleb taught Ryan as best he could about being human. Born a bull shifter named Whirlwind, Ryan was taken in by Caleb’s mother, who wanted to protect him—just as Caleb did. Their time together leads to deeper feelings… and now they’ve decided to give a relationship a chance. Unfortunately, Ryan is kidnapped, and Caleb has to call in the Agency—an organization that protects shifters—or their new life together will end before it ever starts.
I’m really enjoying this series so far and this second story just hit a lot of great notes for me. I’ve really been into stories featuring the rodeo lately and while I wasn’t expecting that in this book, and it wasn’t a big part of the story, it was a nice surprise. While the story first introduces you to the main characters, Ryan and Caleb, in the present, it then backtracks a little bit to show you how they first met, when Caleb learned Ryan was a shifter and a couple of other early interactions. It was nice actually getting to see some of the events mentioned when the main characters were talking. 🙂
The pacing for the story was good and I liked the friends to lovers aspect (which was a little abrupt but not totally unexpected) but what I enjoyed the most was getting to see the Agency in action again. The little glimpse you got in the first book just made me insanely curious so it was great being able to see more of how they operated and, even better, Poe was back so that was a total win as far as I’m concerned. 😀 Besides a good story, there were some nice sex scenes but nothing so over the top as to overwhelm everything else and I appreciated that.
I liked this one, maybe a little more that the first book, but I am officially hooked on the series regardless; I look forward to checking out the next book. While I usually recommend reading a series in order, if you just wanted to skip right into this one you could do so without any issues; I found the story to be fairly self contained. If you enjoy paranormal stories featuring a shifter that isn’t the norm, you might want to check this one out.