Reviewed by Marieke
SERIES: Pariah Pack 6
AUTHOR: Susan Lain
PUBLISHER: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
LENGTH: 106 pages
Sean Cameron is a pint-sized rooster shifter, but he’s got the sassy attitude of a much larger animal. He has a knack for getting into mischief, namely bar brawls.
Then revolts aimed at paranormals shift into high gear, and Sean is forced to seek shelter out in the boondocks. There he meets Ty Atwater, the Delta wolf of the Pariah Pack, an accountant who enjoys the quiet life. He’s the sweetest and shyest guy in the world, and Sean’s mate.
But Sean harbors a dangerous secret that could get everyone around him killed.
Add to that a tempting cowboy, a bunch of violent bullies, and a pinch of voodoo magic, and an explosive cocktail of epic proportions is ready to go off, with Sean the troublemaker at its heart holding a lit match.
Sean is trouble, or he’s good at getting into trouble. He gets into bar fights, but that’s not all. He apparently got someone so upset that they cursed him. Now he’s not only being hunted for being a shifter, he is also a danger for all around him, especially with his temper.
Ty is a shy, quiet sort of man. He’s no push-over, though. When he meets Sean he’s flabbergasted. Sean is his complete opposite but also rejects him. When Ty finds out why, and what is happening to Sean, he doesn’t abandon him, but fights for his mate. Not just to keep him, but to keep him alive.
I’m not going to lie, this was not my favorite book of this author. I usually love her stories, but this one kind of missed the spark she usually has. It wasn’t awful, not at all. But it just didn’t grab me. There was too much arrogance in Sean, too far-fetched fantasy and not enough feels. Maybe because it was pretty short, with a lot happening, that there wasn’t enough time to get the connection between the two main characters. There just weren’t enough moment where they were alone and communicating.
Ty was the redeeming factor, though. He was everything Sean is not. His emotions do get across and his personality was sweet, yet strong. Sean’s the kind of guy I usually ignore in books and real life. He had too much money, was too good looking and not enough troubles in his life. Then when he does run into trouble, (of his own making btw) he flees into bad behavior and staying away from everyone who could care for him. To me, that screams weak personality and spoiled brat. But I guess that was the whole point of his character. He needed to find his backbone. He finds a couple of vertebrae, but not his entire backbone though.
Of course, there’s a happy ending, but maybe I would’ve liked to see Sean fight a bit more, and grovel some. But in the end, this was not a bad read, just not fantastic. I do want to read more of this series, because I haven’t read any of the previous books.