Title: Wild Retaliation (Seaside Shifters #1)
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Genre(s): Gay shifter romance/mystery
Page Count: 121
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 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.
I am such a sucker for shifter books. Then you add in the fact that there is a hot bear shifter cop, human lover who has no idea about shifters, and a murder mystery…. Well I am officially in heaven.
John is the police chief in there small town but as with any small towns, there are secrets that are protected and very few people are let in on those secrets. In this case, the secret revolves around shifters in the area and in order to protect those shifters not many people are made of aware of them. And on top of that John has his own secret of being a bear shifter but more then than that he has the secret of who was behind the murders that took place in their small town nine years ago. Those secrets have stayed buried for many years but all of that is starting to resurface now that there is a copy cat on the lose.
Hohnnis trying desperately to figure out who is behind the murders and why they are copying the murders that happened 9 years ago, especially since he knows the killer from then was disposed of.
Trevor is Johns no strings attached friends with benefits friend but more then that he is also a reporter and a human who is not aware of shifters. John wants to be more with Trevor as much as Trevor does but he is scared of how Trevor will react once he learns all his secrets. Not just the shifting but his part in disposing of the killer nine years ago.
As more murders occur the harder it gets keeping the information from Trevor. Once John decides to be honest with Trevor he hopes they can be together but that may not happen because the killer has his sites set on John.
This book is the first book in this series and it was an exciting read. At every twist and turn there was more questions than answers and I suspected so many of the characters in the book right along with John. I am ashamed to admit I even considered the killer to be Trevor too. Not having enough evidence to say for sure it was one character or another made this an exciting read. I could not predict what was going to happen next and that made me want to hurry up and get to the next page to find out. I truly enjoyed reading this exciting, action packed boom and think this going to be another favorite series of mine.