Title ~ Get Off My Case (Stockton Wolves #1)
Author ~ Lisa Oliver
Published ~ 18th December 2014
Genre ~ MM Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Crime
The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love's Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.
Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he'd shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn't have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.
Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he'd ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But eight years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.
Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.
Well what a fun, sexy read that was. I do love me some shifter action and hot cops are no hardship to read about either, so to get both in one package is a bonus. Originally written as a freebie for Goodreads: Love's Landscapes event in 2014, Lisa has now expanded Get Off My Case into a full length novel, and the start of a new series, that I'm definitely going to keep up with, and I've got to say she's done a brilliant job of it. Shane and Dimitri, the two yummy cop wolf shifters were likeable to begin with but have really developed into two extremely appealing characters; although Dimitri did have his 'silly, stupid man' moments. But he's built, has an eight pack, yummy tatts and the big lug did redeem himself in other ways, so obviously I forgave him, and ended up loving the hunky gorgeous guy. Shane too, because he’s such a sweetie. You can't help falling for him from the word go, and after the shock of finding his mate is the guy who made his life hell in his teens wears off, they do make an engaging, HAWT, couple.
I read the freebie and enjoyed it, but at the time I felt that it was slightly underdeveloped in the crime/mystery side of the story as the gay for you plot between Shane and his ex tormentor Dimitri took up most of the story. I said then that I was looking forward to more from these guys and now having got it I'm loving what I got. Another thing I noted was that the introduction of a nasty homophobic police detective had me rolling my eyes a bit as it seemed a bit cliched at the time but I hold my hands up now because with the crime side of the story fleshed out more, every supporting cast member, including Lieutenant ' what an AHole' Green, slotted into the story perfectly; their parts in the book only adding to its charm and entertainment factor.
Shane and Dimitri make a great partnership. You can't help but love them as a couple, and the 'gay for you' or 'out for you' aspect of the plot works, because being paranormal the mate bond is a great hook for explaining why, despite being straight, a guy shifter would still feel the instinctive pull towards another male wolf, regardless of their inbuilt sexuality. But of course it also leaves lots of leeway for inner conflict, misunderstandings and best of all a truckload of goosebump inducing sexual tension and deliciously hot bedroom antics. Dimitri might not want to admit he's feeling the gay vibe but he sure does love getting hot and sweaty with his sexy partner and he's a quick learner when it comes to man on man action!
The main problem is outside of their being mates, he still can't bring himself to admit that he's not one hundred percent straight and this puts strain on their relationship as one minute he's in "MINE" mode, but running the next when he thinks he's going to be outed to the world outside of their bond. Poor Shane doesn't know whether he's coming or going most of the time; wondering if his lover only wants him because the need to mate is an ingrained trait in shifters, whereas for him, he knows he's falling for the stubborn man who as a teen was his nemesis. Then to find out that all those years apart, Dimitri had known that they were mates but by omission rejected him, only adds to all his confusion.
There's also the matter of young gay men being murdered in the city. Nobody seems to be taking it seriously except Shane who is convinced there's a serial killer out there targeting the gay community, a situation that when one the murders comes close to home puts Shane in danger and Dimitri in a position where he has to rethink his outlook about his own sexuality, come to terms with his feelings and man up if he wants to keep the man he's falling in love with in his life.
This was the type of read that was easy to get into. Nice laid back writing style, not overly complicated, entertaining, hot, fun, and even a bit emotional at times. I read it in one sitting and if I'd had the next book in the series I would quite happily have moved straight on to that if I could. Four stars for the story but it gets the extra half for the pure entertainment value I got from it.
**HOWLS** Definitely feeling the wolf love naooooooooooooow!
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Why I love Shifters – by Lisa Oliver
Thank you, the team at Sinfully, for hosting me on your blog today.
Fit, buff and totally hot men. What’s not to love about the world of MM shifters? When I wrote my first fiction book, The Reluctant Wolf, I was more into the idea that two men, who had never met, were fated to be together – the true mate trope, which is in all of my books. But as I researched more about the animal side of these men, the wolves, large cats and bears, I came to see that they have a lot of positive traits that we, as humans, should have as well. Loyalty, fidelity, a huge libido – okay, so maybe not all of us need that, but wouldn’t it be fun if we had? Anyway, I wanted to introduce those things into my books as well.
The thing with the true mate trope, which a lot of people don’t understand, is that while insta-lust is possible and happens in all of my books, insta-love is not. True love, and yes all of my books are love stories, comes from working at a relationship over time. Admittedly in shifters that time is measured in days or weeks, rather than in months or years, but time is needed. In my fictional world, my men are compelled to be together physically, and in some cases, like in the Cloverleah Pack series, when they claim each other they share a mind link as well. But even that doesn’t always help the two men fall in love with each other.
In Get Off My Case (Book 1, Stockton Wolves), the two men share a physical love, because that is expected with shifters. They also have loyalty, honesty with each other and enforced fidelity. But they don’t share a mind link and because of their back story, both men have a hard time trusting each other. Too often in real life, I see people in a relationship have problems and choose to break up, rather than stay and work things out. In my books the two men have no choice but to work things out, because if they don’t stay together then their animal spirit will either pine away or die outright. This forces them to work through problems that might otherwise break them apart.
And did I mention they were hot, hot, hot? Face it, all that shifting makes for some solid use of the metabolism, and wolves and big cats are naturally sleek animals, with muscles and not an inch of fat to spare. Convert that into a human form, and you have deliciously powerful men who look good, and who have that animal magnetism that draws in others like bears to honey.
Will I ever write an MM contemporary book? Meh, it’s not likely, although I love to read them. But if I wrote one, I would have to be worried about realism and that really isn’t for me. Adding in the paranormal element allows me to introduce the perfect amount of escapism into my books, which I love to read, and create for myself. In future books I plan to introduce other types of shifters, as well as Vampires, the Fae, and magic users. Maybe even Angels and Demons. If they’re male, hot, paranormal and completely in love/lust with other males, then they will turn up in my books sooner or later.
Meet Lisa Oliver
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
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