Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Release Date: February 6, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal – shifters
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Three hot werewolves, sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife, an impending Colorado winter, and a rambunctious pack of werewolf pups. Stand back and watch the fur fly.
When Kenneth Marcon loses his nanny to a bite from one of his inherited kids, he knows he needs someone strong to contain five werewolf children. What he finds isn’t a stalwart nanny, but a werewolf manny named Jack. Kenneth and his assistant, Miles, aren’t sure if Jack is what they need, but he’s what they have to work with.
Jack’s got what it takes to keep the kids busy—and attract both Miles’s and Kenneth’s attention. The two old friends have been circling each other for years, but with Jack as the final piece to the puzzle, it’s time to finally act on those urges. When Kenneth is forced to travel instead of solidifying the bond with his new mates, Jack and Miles take desperate measures to get him back, even as they save the kids from one disaster after another. Amidst the chaos, they have to learn how to become not just a pack, but a family.
Prepare to turn your brain off, because we’re not talking a lot of substance here.
Premise of the story is Jack, a Manny and Special Forces guy, receives a job request to handle Kenneth’s adopted brood: one 14 year old teenage girl starting her adult wolfish transition, one 11 year old boy, one nine year old girl, and a set of puppy/twins who just made the transition to two legs from four and are in their “terrible two” phase. Kenneth dearly loves these kids, as does his beta Miles, but the hired tutors can’t handle the rambunctious group. Jack is called in.
When Jack arrives, the attraction between him, Kenneth, and Miles is immediate and after a sweaty tussle, we find our group of guys mostly mated. Kenneth heads off to handle a business transaction with Miles, Miles later get sent home, Kenneth becomes sick because the mating isn’t complete, Jack saves the day.
This bounced between Jack and the kids and Jack and the adults, with little substance of either. There was probably more on page emotional bonding between Jack and the kids than there was from Jack, Kenneth and Miles – and that’s what I wanted to see. More emotional bonding, the guys getting to know the guys, what beyond a mate bond pulled these three together? How did Jack complete the group? Where was this desire to have a family coming from for Jack, because from the readers point of view this family thing was coming out of left field. HOW was the mate bond left incomplete when Kenneth took off?
Kids, kids were cute and Jack had an instant rapport with all of them. My one tiny point of contention was Kenneth smacking Simone on the rump in affirmation – yeah, it’s “werewolves” and all wolfie, but it’s really demeaning to women and inappropriate to smack a young female on derrière in my humble opinion, wolves or not.
Overall, the story seemed to be more about the kids, I liked Jack’s report with them, I liked the age dynamics. The man on man on man action could have used some “getting to know you” emotional support. The bonding business felt glossed over and odd. I really liked all the additional shifters: the Minks as body guards, a fox as security, beavers as household staff, an ostrich as a tutor and more.
Enjoyable if you need some sweet brain candy.