Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Beyond the Tunnel
SERIES: The Wizard Shifter #1
AUTHOR: Daniel Mitton
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 252 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2017
What would you do if you rode into a mountain tunnel in North Carolina and then rode out into a different world? Adam Stephens is about to find out…
Adam Stephens is a man with a mission. It has been three years since they chopped that malignant brain tumor out of his head, and he is off on a solo motorcycle camping trip through the Appalachian Mountains.
When he rides into the Pine Mountain Tunnel in North Carolina and rides out into another realm—a realm that comes complete with a big sexy grizzly bear shifter, mages, and an evil sorcerer—he isn’t sure he isn’t lying in the tunnel after crashing his bike. Can such a world exist? Or is he dreaming? If he is dreaming…it sure is realistic.
Along the way, there will be some major hurdles to surpass including no indoor plumbing…and no coffee. A man needs some basic luxuries, correct?
This was a really good book. But of course it has shifter and wizards and that just makes me all excited. My only thing is I’m not big on the hairy part *wink* but that is no complaint because everyone has their own preference. I was really drawn in to the story and I tell you, I was giggling so hard at some of the antics. (Especially during sex) (fabulous!) Some suspense, some drama and some comedy all wrapped up in one.
Being told you may not have much of a life left, kind of puts things in perspective. For Adam, already having part of his brain taken out was bad enough. But having to deal with chemo every time he turns around is enough to drive him nuts. So Adam decides enough is enough. It was time to get away for a bit and breathe. He sets off on his journey from Florida to New Hampshire, but somewhere in North Carolina things go a little haywire. He goes through a covered tunnel in his world and comes out the other end in another realm. Trying to get his bearings, he travels on hoping he is just having some kind of relapse and his tumor is the cause, because he really feels like he’s going nuts. But he isn’t. He runs into a bear shifter, who becomes his mate, and learns he is a powerful mage and is changing into a shifter himself. (After being bitten during a fabulous round of sex with his man) He learns there is a bad sorcerer who is killing shifters and gay people and Adam ends up learning it’s up to him to do away with this man. Through some rough times, and having to do without some amenities lol, he forms alliances and does what he can do to make this realm and his mate safe.
I tell you the cast of characters in this book are great. The relationships are comical and loving and just good to read. Of course there’s the bad guy that you just want to beat the crap out of, but other than that they were a joy. Adam and Rafe were so fun to read. They started off rocky, but it lead to them being able to tell each other about themselves and to open up and be together. What made them fun to me, though, were the antics they pulled. It was often during sex that it got funnier, but even during all the seriousness, there was a depth to them that made you love them more. Both of them having gone through some turmoil in their lives also made them more passionate. But it wasn’t just Adam and Rafe that made this book. Everyone had a part to play, from Axe, the mage that taught Adam to use his abilities, to Adam’s friend George in Florida, who is such a drama queen. (And I loved him!)
I do love, too, that even through all the fun of the book, that there is an underlying message. At least to me. It’s so wrong to ‘target’ someone because they’re different. No matter what color, sexuality, religion or anything else, we all deserve to love and to be loved. People are allowed, or should be, to be themselves and be happy. And we have to take a stand against those who are trying to ‘beat down’ anyone who is different. We are all different. And no one should feel shame or anything bad for who they are. (Well, except for bad people but you get my drift.)
I had a ball reading every page of this story and I hope that you will all run out and get it.