If you like shifter stories and and if you would like a little twist this is most assuredly the book for you. Montag hasn’t shifted since he was a child and scared his Father. Now that he is an adult, he has been living a solitary life in Wisconsin and has resisted the shift. This is a contemporary alternate World where shifters are known but regulated by the SSU.
Montag is a big man and intimidating in looks while in his human form. Montag was asked to intimidate a new group of people that had taken up residence at a local farm to get out of town. While on this bit of an intimidation mission he comes across Kevin with whom he has an immediate attraction to.
There is loads of action in this book as our characters work at keeping Kevin and his Niece safe. The action coincides with the attraction that Montag and Kevin have for each other and Montag’s overwhelming desire or should I say need, to keep Kevin safe. Because of Kevin’s attraction to Montag it let’s Kevin see Montag in a different light. Instead of seeing someone that is intimidating Kevin sees the man, and is not at all scared of Montag as everyone else seems to be. It was because of that lack of fear on Kevin’s part the author was able to build a relationship of trust, but with a twist. Here is the twist; as Montag is growing more attached to Kevin he finds out that Kevin works for the SSU, the organization that has the ability to lock him away, in Montag’s mind the SSU is the enemy.
I thought that this book was really well done, I enjoyed the heck out of reading it. I grew up in Wisconsin in a small town of about 700 people so I was easily able to picture the people and the sense of community that a small town brings. I’m also reminded of some of the small town fears of things that are different. The geographic that Summer placed this story in was so fitting, it lent itself to a bit of realism in this alternate world story. It gave Montag a place to reside in some solitude where people respected his choice to want to be left alone, but then you know every damn curtain was pulled back as people watched him. For me this was so much better than being lost among the thousands in a large city.
One thing I kept having to remind myself as I was reading was that Montag wasn’t a monster. Summer did such an extroardinary job of depicting him as one that I needed to go back to the cover and look at the gorgeous man on it and remind myself that Montag isn’t like some sasquatch walking down the street. Ok sasquatch may be an over generalization but you can figure out what I meant. You know the old saying “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” and in this case the cover is Montag. That little quote is how Kevin feels about Montag, because Kevin can see the man beneath the skin, his heart and compassion. Kevin and Montag are a really well put together couple, with Kevin’s smartass mouth and Montag’s innocence they really are the Ying to the other’s Yang.
To save his love he must face his monster and—worse—be nice to people.
Montag is a monster. He doesn’t know what sort of creature he would turn into if he ever let himself shift, but he knows it’s something predatory and lethal. He fights back the urge to shift every day of his life, and has never dared get close to anyone—not that they want him to. He can literally smell their fear.
Kevin’s not scared of monsters. He works for the SSU, the agency in charge of tracking shifters—particularly the dangerous ones. When he and his young niece are kidnapped by her scum-bucket dad, he’s grateful to be rescued by Montag, whose curmudgeonly defenses can’t hide the kind man beneath.
As they work together to protect Kevin’s niece, attraction sizzles between them. But their relationship may not survive if Montag learns who writes Kevin’s paycheck—or if Montag dares to confront the inner monster he hates and fears.
Warning: Contains a grouchy virgin shifter (and we mean virginal in all possible ways), a hero with a back pocket full of secrets, and a couple of jerks.