Fox and Wolf (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Fox and Wolf (Apex Investigations Book 1)
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28th, 2018
Genre(s): Shifter Romance
Page Count: 150
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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?

Rey is a fox shifter who’s gotten himself into a mess. He is somewhat of an investigator/courier and the last transaction has turned deadly. When he goes to Apex Investigations for help, he finds that he’s in more trouble than he ever dreamed.

Dylan is a wolf shifter and an investigator for AI. As soon as he smells the fox in the office, he knows something strange is happening. He can’t get enough of Rey and he’s instantly protective of him. And he soon learns that they will both need more help to stay alive.

This book was difficult for me to rate because I absolutely loved the story. It had so many awesome shifters and I love how they all had their own personas that came with their animal self as well as their human self. So much of the story was really interesting in that respect. I also loved how much plot line there was. It was constant and there was a lot of action going on.

I’ve read quite a few shifter books and I have always loved the pack mentality. The idea that they all shift into their animal forms and preen and rub and pet and become family. This book had this in spades. They all looked out for Rey and adopted him into their pack so quickly, knowing and understanding that he fit.

The major drawback for me was the simplicity of the dialogue and some of the writing exchanges. There were a lot of two and three word sentences and it was confusing when some of the characters were mind readers and some weren’t. Even between friends and not mates, which was weird to me. I also would have liked some personal character building. We didn’t learn anything about the lives or pasts of the MC’s, which would have been nice.

I am taken with this story enough to give it another go with the next book. So many truly fun, loving characters that I’m excited to get to know.

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Galley copy of Fox and Wolf provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


  • Julia Talbot was one of the first authors I came across when I started reading M/M. Her stories were alot of times a miss for me but when they were a hit, they were a HIT!! I haven’t read anything of hers since the last Cereus book in 2014 but I might give this a try.

    @Forgottenastronauts I know what you mean about the 2-3 sentences they were a major reasons why I stopped reading her and a couple of other authors.


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