Title: Fangs for the Memories
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 6th, 2018
Genre(s): Shifter Romance
Page Count: 174
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Dead and Breakfast Novel
One wolf lost his memory, but they’ll both lose their hearts.
Bitten werewolf Tom owes the folks at the Dead and Breakfast big for saving his life. So when they ask for help with a rogue wolf on the premises, he’s happy to do his part….
Though he isn’t quite prepared for what he’ll find.
Werewolf Nathan lost everything to a sadistic kidnapper—his freedom, his memories, and maybe even his ability to be human. But as soon as he meets Tom, he knows he might be able to reclaim his life. And even a turned wolf like Tom feels the mating call. The trouble is, Tom isn’t the only one who wants Nathan, and they’ll need help from all their supernatural friends at the D & B to defeat a powerful enemy and keep their love—and themselves—alive.
I was super excited to read this because of the blurb. I love a well written shifter romance and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.
High atop a snow covered mountain sit the Dead and Breakfast, run by Tanner. He’s employed a motley crew of shifters to help him run the place, including a bear, a gargoyle, a cat, a vampire and a magpie.
Tom is a wolf from Austin, Texas visiting with Tanner and Carter. When they see a lost, hurt wolf hiding in the woods, they ask Tom to help. He is able to calm the wolf down and bring him into one of the lodge rooms. He discovers he was kept in a cage, tortured and somehow escaped. And his name is Nathan and he’s Tom’s mate.
After realizing that Nathan is working through some amnesia, Tom is solely worried about taking care of his mate and ensuring he’s got anything he wants. While on a trip to the grocery store, Nathan is abducted again by the same ogre who took him previously. In an effort to get him home safely, it takes everyone working together to find him.
Okay, so the premise for the story was there. I loved the character of Ed, the magpie. He was flighty and funny and bouncy. He was probably my favorite character and he wasn’t even one of the MC’s.
The main issue that I had with this book was the dialogue and writing style. I don’t know what it was but it seemed so rudimentary to me. All of the exchanges between characters were reduced to single lines or sentences. Some were even one word. It made it really difficult for me to relate to any of them or to get a feel for any of the characters.
I also felt like a majority of details were missing. I had no idea what Tom did for a living. I knew he was from Austin, but apparently it wasn’t necessary for him to go back. Everyone else had a job and duties, but Tom was able to solely care for his mate and spend money.
If you are looking for a quick, weekend shifter read, the story was entertaining, but I just couldn’t get there with the rest.