Title: Wild Retaliation (Seaside Shifters #1)
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Chief of Police John Dakota is in a world of trouble. His peaceful town of Seaside, Oregon, has been rocked by a wave of unsolved murders. The bloody deaths are eerily reminiscent of ones that occurred in Seaside years ago. Back then John worked hard to make sure the truth about the killer was never revealed. Now he’s afraid the past is coming back to haunt him.
Trevor English, the nosy reporter who occasionally shares John’s bed, is demanding information about the crimes. He also wants more of John’s affections. But John can’t afford to give in to either demand without risking the revelation of Seaside’s biggest secret: the town is a haven for shifters’, and John is one of them.
To solve the crime—and prevent more victims—John must delve into the past. Many members of Seaside’s shifter community are involved, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell which residents can be trusted. Even John’s family isn’t above suspicion. The body count is rising, and it looks like John is the killer’s next target.
Ethan Stone is a new author for me and have nothing but praise for this book. I really could not put this book down. It reminded me a bit of the movie, “The Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but instead vicious crime lord and his cronies we have a shifter gone mad. I really don’t want to give too much away and spoil this read for anyone, because it really is good! The book starts off with a bang with a murder right from the start. It just so happens that it is very similar to a string of killings that happened nine years’ prior, that Chief of Police John Dakota is very familiar with.
The thing is, the killer was taken care of. Consequently, this leaves John hoping that the past is not coming back to haunt him. However, once a few more people/shifters’ are murdered in the same way and pattern, he knows he that his is not a wild animal, but a shifter gone mad. John has a copy cat on his hands that is bringing the past events back to life.
Not to mention, that John’s FWB is the town’s reporter for The Sentinel, Trevor English. Not only that, but Trevor is clueless about the shifter community and John wants to keep it that way. One of the big reasons why John keeps in at arm’s length. Yet, as things progress, John starts wanting more out of their arrangement. He finally realizes that Trevor is his mate, and when they are almost hurt by the crazed shifter, it more than cements it in stone for John.
Even though, both Trevor and John get their HEA, it does leave it open for the next story. We are left with hope of a future mpreg book. I don’t know about you, but I do fancy me a good paranormal mpreg book!