Title: Fox Hunt (Shifter U #4)
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifters (fox, bear)
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Outfoxing their enemies will be a bear of a task.
Aspiring journalist and fox shifter David ends up with a target on his back after hacking the Moreau Initiative, the shifter world’s greatest enemy. But he won’t let that stop him from the campus tour road trip that’ll help him become the next Anderson Cooper… even if his family insists he travel with a grumpy grizzly bear bodyguard.
Buddy Brady is older, sexy, and too damn distracting for David, and as the sexual tension builds, so does the suspicion around the repeated attacks–first in Chicago, then in New York. Someone is tracking them, and all clues point to a traitor in the shifter ranks. Worst of all, they could be after David’s family….
This is a fast, endearing, and sweet read. What I consider brain-candy reading – light and fun.
When I requested it, I didn’t realize it was part of the Shifter U series – I’ve read the first (Stalking Buffalo Bill) and missed the last two. This can be read as a stand-alone.
Blurb summarizes the plot well enough, so I won’t rehash. For the most part, I enjoyed the characters. Where I struggled with was a combination of David’s insistence that he wasn’t in any danger – despite something like four attempts on his life. He was chalking this up to coincidence. For someone who wanted to be a serious journalist, this incongruous character flaw didn’t work for me. I also found David’s behavior on the childish-side, which was a tich bit irritating.
I did enjoy how the relationship developed between David and Buddy: the realization that there is more to someone than appearances (so true!), that everyone has dreams, and that even Big Guys need someone to stand up for them. This was sooo sweet!
For myself, this was a solid middle of the road read. I’ll applaud the author adroitly avoiding the use of “mate!” (bless her!), I did enjoy reading Buddy’s down to earth approach to a road trip and driving safety (ironic because I read this on a road trip) and overall, this is a fun story with a satisfactory ending. I’ll have to go back and catch up on the two I missed.