Title: Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters #2)
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifters
Page Count: 129
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.
Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.
They could end up losing their lives.
Blurb is pretty good – I would add Tyson, now two years older than when we last met him and recently graduated from high school, is doing a summer internship with the Seaside Police department as a cadet to gain some experience. Just days before he starts his job, he picks up a hot Latino guy at the local gay bar and the instant attraction is mutual. Both Tyson and Armate are carrying secrets, but when Tyson’s estranged Father shows up in town, everything starts to unravel.
Oh dear, this had so many issues for me. Where to start, where to start… at the beginning is usually best. I didn’t care for the opening salvo – a rather lengthy bar pick-up scene with a lot of chitchat and sex scene five pages in. While I understand the Insta-Love in the shifter genre, this was a bit fast even for me.
So, book is not off to the best start: I found Armante’s and Tyson’s dialog odd, there were a handful of inconsistencies from what the characters said and what they ended up doing, and the relationship was just too fast. Yes, yes, it’s all about the mate, but Armonte’s and Tyson’s hook-up didn’t work for me.
There shouldn’t be any spoilers here since it was brought up in book one: Male Pregnancy. We got it in spades in this one and it’s just not my thing. Even taking into account the whole paranormal bit (fantasy), from a biological standpoint I can’t wrap my head around it. I just can’t resolve how your basic human male can get pregnant from a thorough pounding up the back end by another male. We’re missing the egg bit! Not to mention all the incubation parts. I will give credit to the author for at least attempting to show how the kids were born via magic. I know m-preg works for some, but it’s totally not my cuppa tea (or coffee, or pop, or mixed drink).
The overall plot had merit: drug runners are setting up in Seaside, Chief is fighting political pressure to shut them down, but doesn’t know the how or the where of it. BUT, an 18 year old can figure out the mystery? Righhttt… at least he had the smarts to call the Chief when necessary.
So there were aspects I struggled with: instalove, m-preg, the Mexican gang connection, Tyson’s involvement in the plot to mention a few. There was one sub-plot I thought made sense: Tyler’s Mom, and I would like to have seen that elaborated upon for some emotional investment. Author came close, but then veered off into another lane.
So where book one drew me into Seaside, book two had me pulling out and heading up the coastal highway.