Title: On Thin Ice (Ariel Estates #1)
Author: Jessica Lee
Cover Artist: Kendra Egert
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Length: 90 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: A shifter tale that held my attention from beginning to end and although the end faltered a bit, for various reasons, it was still an enjoyable read.
Silas Murdock, lion Pride leader of Ariel Estates, is on the trip of a lifetime, big game hunting with his entourage in Alaska. Everything had been perfect right up until a freak storm barreled into the area ruining their plans followed by an assassin’s bullet plummeting them into the frozen tundra.
Enter wolf shifter and former pack physician, Theodor Lucas. Returning from a trip to a nearby village, he witnesses the crash and finds the wreckage along with an unconscious and barely alive Silas. Theo’s ethical sense won’t allow him to walk away, leaving the male to suffer and freeze to death when there’s a chance he could be saved. Despite the personal risk and his vow to never be responsible for another soul, Theo takes the lone survivor back to his cabin to care for his injuries.
The stranger’s unusual scent has Theo stumped. The gorgeous male is definitely not human, but exactly what is a mystery. But Theo’s unexpected guest is the only one with any answers as to who he is, and why their pilot ended up with a bullet to the back.
There’s just one problem: now that the male is awake, he doesn’t have a clue. In fact, who, what, and where he is, is a total blank. But for Silas, there is one thing he does know for sure: when it comes to Theo, his hot-as-hell rescuer, a lifesaver has never looked more delicious.
Hi, my name is Lasha and I’m a shifter-aholic. In looking at all of my previous reviews, the overwhelming majority seem to be vampire or shifter books. I have no idea why they fascinate me, maybe I watched too many episodes of Dark Shadows with my grandmother as a kid. (Don’t get my started about the new Dark Shadows movie…hate Tim Burton. He’s ruined it.). Anyway, it has been my experience that either readers love or hate the genre, myself, I am in the former category.
On Thin Ice tells the story of Silas Murdock, a lion shifter who while on a trip to hunt big game in Alaska is involved in an assassination attempt on his life on the return plane trip home. The plane crashes and everyone on board dies except Silas, who is then rescued by wolf shifter, doctor and recluse Thedor Lucas. As Theo nurses Silas back to health, they begin a relationship built on the knowledge that they cannot be together (inter-shifter politics) and the fact that Theo doesn’t want to leave his home and Silas knows he has to return to his and catch the traitor in his pack. So, most of the novel is fraught with the understanding that this relationship is temporary.
Add in the fact that that in the beginning of the book, Silas has amnesia, Theo is recovering from the death of his former lover and hired guns are out to kill Silas and you have a real page turner. What really drew me into this novel was the underlying sexual tension between Silas and Theo. It sizzles and even when Silas is clueless about who he is, he’s that take-charge Alpha. Another good plot point was Theo’s back-story, which brought in some sympathy for his situation and explained why he thought a relationship with Silas could never work.
My only two complaints were: the bad guy’s characterizations and how the end felt unfinished. The endgame reveal was very easy to spot, sort of clichéd in his reasoning of why the bad guy hated Silas and wanted him dead (why are so many shifters homophobic? Why?) But the final fight scene kicked ass in my opinion. However, the conclusion also felt rushed and the universe of Ariel Estates never fully developed and explained. Perhaps this will be picked up in the next book?
So, if you have a shifter fetish like me, or just love the idea of two hot men stuck in an Alaskan cabin, one healing the other as one tries to get back his memories, then this book is for you! If shifters are not your thing, you still might to try out the book for the hurt/comfort aspect.