Stalking Buffalo Bill (Maya’s Review)

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: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.

This book is written in first person POV.
We met both Ford and William in first chapter. Ford, who is smitten with William, tries to ask him on a date. It’s doesn’t go overwhelmingly well. Ford in endearingly awkward, but William it not opposed to helping him along. The action starts immediately after as bad guys make an appearance and Ford hurries to help William. Their attraction flares up but Ford runs into wall of William’s stubbornness. Ford’s voice is light and he is wisecracking all the time:it’s easy and amusing read.

Someone from William’s past is hunting him and he is forced to take steps to protect himself. Ford gets tangled up in his problems and refuses to back out. So far so good.

Then I became annoyed with the plot. Well, I became annoyed with Ford. First he complains because William doesn’t want to let him help but the first chance he gets he goes haring off into danger without pausing for one second to consider the implications. And yes it’s a trope I encountered before but it’s not usually quite so obvious. The sex scene happened to soon and I was still missing connection with William’s character. It felt superfluous.

While I liked Ford William as character wasn’t fleshed out enough. Even his great confession helps more Ford’s character than his. Honestly at times William felt like plot device which served just to spur Ford into action instead of character in his own right.

The book did finish on high note which improved overall impression of the book.

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Galley copy of Stalking Buffalo Bill provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.