Title: Stalking Buffalo Bill (Shifter U #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #3
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 1st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Shifter U Tale
A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.
A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.
While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.
It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.
I started out absolutely loving this. I loved the characters and couldn’t wait until they would get together. But then they got stupid. Stupid, and communicating with each other was apparently overrated…
Donnie is a coyote shifter working as a barista. He has a serious crush on a customer, a college professor who comes in for coffee every day like clockwork. Donnie knows he has to make the first move, because the big broody man is obviously not going to.
Just when Donnie thinks he might have a chance with his crush, William, two men come into the coffee shop to ask if he has seen a man, a man who looks like William when they show Donnie a picture. It looks like William is in trouble and Donnie has to warn him..
I loved Donnie at first. He was cute, energetic and just adorable. William was gruff, quiet, and broody. I thought they would make a perfect pair. But when the action started happening Donnie
- turned into a TSTL character, and William treated Donnie as a child. And of course William didn’t tell Donnie what was going on so that Donnie could run away (again) and get into trouble (again).
So we have massive amounts of non-communication going on and a lot of action. Oh, and some sex. But what we didn’t get was an actual relationship. Donnie and William didn’t really spend any time together to get to know one another. I had no idea what either character saw in the other one. They were either mad at each other, in some sort of fire fight, or having sex. And they never talked.
This could have been a great book about a coyote shifter and a bison shifter, but the lack of communication and relationship development made this into a disappointment for me. Too bad, because the writing was pretty solid, and the storyline very promising. But it wasn’t meant to be..