Title: Psychic Moon (The Shifters #1)
Author: M. D. Grimm
Cover Art: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Psychic Moon
Genre: M/M Romance/Fantasy/Paranormal
Length Novella/112 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 rating stars
A Guest Review by Raine
Summary Review: Interesting if simple initial story, romance with a pet rescue, faded into ordinary werewolf fare.
Blurb: Humane Officer Derek Wiliams has been toying with the idea of asking out Brian O’Donogue since the veterinarian started working at the Pet Rescue Center two years ago. So why hasn’t he made his move? It’s complicated… but it has something to do with the fact that Derek occasionally likes to run around on four legs instead of two.
Recovering from an abusive relationship and hiding supernatural abilities of his own, Brian takes a chance and agrees to go on a date with Derek. The ensuing relationship is better than either of them could have hoped—until a rogue wolf shifter attacks Brian while he’s walking his dogs. The abrupt attack forces Derek to confront his feelings, but the danger isn’t over. The rogue shifter is out there, and he’s hunting them.
The first few chapters of this slight novella, as they introduced the two main characters, were a nice easy read. Derek’s passion for his job and his righteous anger at humans who abused animals came over strongly. This was carefully linked to his protective werewolf nature. Brian as the psychic vet was also a pleasant, slightly vulnerable character. Brian’s skill is a displayed amusingly, and I like the way he spoke about growing up with his particular power; that it was sweet in a child, worrying in a teen. There were some nice scenes as they both interacted cutely with various animals. This was the highest point of the book for me. I liked all the details about their own pets and how responded to both men.
As their relationship developed, I have to say my interest slipped. I had some issues with the sex scenes—always so difficult to write well, and in this case I found the language and action somewhat clumsy. This resulted in me being too aware of the construction of the writing. Even allowing for the force of Derek’s werewolf nature, he appeared heavy handed, and eventually I wanted to skim those particular scenes.
There is nothing particularly new or special about the world created here. It provided a reasonable background to the romance and helped provide a solution to the rogue werewolf threat to Brian and Derek.
I was enticed by the pretty Reese Dante cover, but in the end it was a pleasant read that fell a little short for me.