Wild Instincts (Steph’s Review)

Title: Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters #2)
Authors: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 129
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.63 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.

Okay, I do not even know where to even start with this one, but so help me I will try!

This book had the makings of a decent shifter story IMO. There were: Drugs/Gangs (Mystery and Suspense aspect), mates (instalove) and Mpreg. However, when I finished reading this book I was left wondering WTF just happened between book one and two. I am not talking about the story per say; more so the quality.

From the moment Tyson and Amante meet things are hot, and it doesn’t stop there. Both have the typical instafeelings you get with a shifter book; however, Tyson is unaware Amante is his mate and Amante is unaware of shifters. They agree to “a no strings attached” relationship; both enjoying the time they have with one another. However, the more time the spend together the harder it is for them to part.

Of course we find out that Amante has an aversion to cops, which of course is Tyson’s life goal. You soon start to figure out from the blatant clues that Amante isn’t on the up and up. Shortly after it feels like the author is throwing conflict after conflict at the reader; with a dash of conflict on the side.

While this story did pull me in, it failed to keep me glued to the pages unlike the first book. I felt that the plot wasn’t as solid as the first book. It seemed quickly thrown together, making the mystery/suspense part lacking. Seriously, it is super obvious!

Case in Point:

  • Tyson, being the awesome police cadet he is, figures out who the big bossman is at the end without much to go on.
  • Tyson miserably fails to pick up on his mom’s drug use. He not only notices a drastic change in demeanor, but her scent changed as well. All of a sudden, his instincts are shit.
  • Amante ends up turning evidence over in exchange for immunity due to his involvement with . Why doesn’t he go into witness protection immediately? You know he’s just going to wind up dead if he doesn’t.

In the end, the bad guys lose and the good guys win. Everything is neatly wrapped up in a bow for us with both characters getting their HEA.

Side Note: If there is a third book in this series, I really hope it is dramatically better than this. Seriously, WTF is going on now with a majority of the shifter books coming out?!?

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Galley copy of Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.