Title: Fox and Wolf (Apex Investigations #1)
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal (Shifters)
Page Count: 138
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.
Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them.
Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?
Blurb summarizes the book quite well, but I’ll recap a little bit: Rey is a self-employed researcher. He’s good at finding, obtaining and delivering information as needed. Until something goes very wrong with his last job and now he’s on the run, living out of his car. In desperation, this fox-shifter turns to Apex Investigations.
Dylan, former cop, now private investigator is assigned the fox’s case. Seems straight forward enough, until the dire-croc’s show up. While not everyone at Apex is as enamored with the case or the fox, Dylan soon realizes there’s something else happening between him and Rey.
I really enjoyed this story. It was fun, it moved smartly along, it had an executed plot with the mating/sex tucked in appropriately. There was full sentence dialog, which was a small complaint I have from other books with the “Mate!”, “Mine!”, “Love!” theme. Absolutely minimal here and used in the right situation.
The characters were interesting and varied – Mick and Dylan are wolf shifters, Rey a fox shifter, Kit is a black bear, James is a mountain lion, and one jaguar with a secret past. They were interesting as people, and enjoyable as their animals.
My one tiny complaint with this book was Dylan picking Rey up and carrying him around. This doesn’t work for me. Put the man down and hold hands, wrap arms around each other, support Rey with an arm around a shoulder or waist. The whole carrying another man around, especially a smaller man, just seems…demeaning, not protective.
Okay, got that off my chest.
This is a pure brain candy book. It’s a fast and light read. Emphasis on the ‘light’. This is perfect for after a stressful day, out running errands when you need something you can pick-up/put-down without losing your train of thought. Characters are delightful, mating was integrated into the plot quite smoothly, plot is fun. It’s a fun read, which is why it earned 4 stars from me. I needed fun and I got fun.