Author ~ Summer Devon
Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing
Published ~ 5th May 2015
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
To save his love he must face his monster and—worse—be nice to people.
Solitary Shifters, Book 3
Montag is a monster. He doesn’t know what sort of creature he would turn into if he ever let himself shift, but he knows it’s something predatory and lethal. He fights back the urge to shift every day of his life, and has never dared get close to anyone—not that they want him to. He can literally smell their fear.
Kevin’s not scared of monsters. He works for the SSU, the agency in charge of tracking shifters—particularly the dangerous ones. When he and his young niece are kidnapped by her scum-bucket dad, he’s grateful to be rescued by Montag, whose curmudgeonly defenses can’t hide the kind man beneath.
As they work together to protect Kevin’s niece, attraction sizzles between them. But their relationship may not survive if Montag learns who writes Kevin’s paycheck—or if Montag dares to confront the inner monster he hates and fears.
Warning: Contains a grouchy virgin shifter (and we mean virginal in all possible ways), a hero with a back pocket full of secrets, and a couple of jerks.
Kevin and Montag, a highly unusual couple, in an unusual take on a shifter story. Montag is a shifter - he doesn't know what type of animal he shifts into, because he doesn't dare shift. He just knows that he is mean and nasty and he doesn't get close to anybody. Taking a job for a small town hood, Montag comes across Kevin, his sister Nancy and his niece Sassy. He rescues them from their locked room, but he really doesn't know anything about Kevin at all except that he was different.
...He had this aura that told Montag this guy didn't do fear like other people. He might be a bit crazy.
Kevin isn't afraid of Montag at all - the big man arouses him simply by breathing, but he is not scared. But then he does know about shifters and in fact is the member of the SSU - a group that control out of control shifters - a little fact he doesn't want to mention to Montag. Montag doesn't understand Kevin's lack of fear. I genuinely laughed when Kevin tried to explain why.
...So if you want me to be scared of you, you'll have to act less like a good person. Try to be less of a freaking knight galloping in to rescue people.
But there are bad guys in this story too and unfortunately Kevin is related to them. His secret job is one of the last things to get between him bumping the uglies with Montag, and yes, that is something he really wants to do. On the other side of things Montag knows how to protect other people, but he still has a really low opinion of himself and how others would view his shifter status, so he's not actually making things any easier for Kevin.
[Kevin] had to remember that: the man had been stone cold from the start. It wasn't as if Montag had made and broken any promises. I pledge to be consistently warm-blooded and kind under my scary-ass exterior. Nope, hadn’t happened.
Sassy and Shelley were two wonderful characters, as was the Sheriff, once he got his head on straight. I didn't like Nancy at the beginning of the book and I didn't feel any differently by the time I got to the end. I did like to think, by the time I got to the end of the book, that there might be a second one in the offing. Montag and Kevin have so much they need to learn about each other and how to live with each other, especially in this unusual world the author has created. My only gripe - yep, should have had an epilogue unless you are going to write a second book. This one was definitely interesting enough for me to want to read more.