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- Publisher: Siren Publishing (25 April 2012)
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- Language: English
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Santana's Discovery [Shifters of Mystery 2] (Siren Publishing Everlasting Classic ManLove) Kindle Edition
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This is one of those series that should be read in order. To sum it up very briefly, the first book dealt with Sage, the son of the Alpha of a pack of werewolves, being banned for being gay. He took his savings and bought a ghost town. His gay friends from his pack followed him there, and they're now trying to rebuild the town so people will move back in. It's also in that book that they all discover the town's population was wiped out by a werewolf attack years ago. Apparently, it's rumored that there's something in the town that can remove the werewolf curse, and that's why the townspeople were killed... so the secret could be revealed without prying eyes.
Isaac is one of the gay friends living there. In the last novel, he was shot by Santana because Santana's parents were killed in the werewolf attack when Santana was a child. Santana now hates werewolves, joined up with a group that hunts them down, and was captured by Sage and Isaac and the rest of the pack after he shot two of them. But he's finding out that maybe he was wrong to feel the way he does. Where he was taught that werewolves were just bloodthirsty creatures, he now sees them as being, well, just like regular people. People that can turn into wolves, that is. It also comes to his attention that while werewolves attacked and killed his parents, they were hired by humans. There's bad eggs in every group of people. Besides this tidbit of information weakening his resolve against the wolves, he also has a strong attraction to Isaac, the man he shot and tried to kill.
Isaac should be upset that Santana tried to kill him, but he can't bring himself to be mad at the guy. If anything, he finds Santa to be sexy and engaging. Instead of everyone punishing Santana, they instead integrate him into their group (against Santana's will, but he has nowhere else to go, so he grudingly stays with the pack).
It's going to be no surprise that the two men are eventually drawn together. It's still fun though watching Santana try to come up with more and more reasons to dislike Isaac and push him, and everyone else, away. Isaac, for the most part, ignores Santana's abrasiveness and keeps wearing the man down. Along with the romance and erotica, there's also an ongoing story of the secrets that the town holds, retribution from Sage's father against Sage and the others, another character's infatuation with the Sheriff of the neighboring town (which will surely be its own story), and a plot to create a werewolf epidemic. It's fun pulp fiction in serialized form
Unfortunately Santana didn't know how crazy and fanatical Flip was. Or that he was really just a pawn in Flip's plan to kill all shifters. Or what the truth actually was concerning that terrible night in Mystery. One thing demonstrated by this story is that Humans can be just as vicious as Wolf shifters.
Even though he shot two of them, the Wolves in Mystery didn't kill Santana after his weapon was wrestled away from him, instead they took him captive. But in Santana's mind this was a fate worse than death: to be held by the evil Wolves. To be forced to listen to their lies. No telling what dastardly deeds they had planned for him. Well he didn't wait around to find out. The first opportunity he got Santana escaped and made his way back to Flip.
The Wolf shifters of Mystery are not following many of the "rules" attributed to shifters. They cannot heal preternaturally fast after being injured. Bullets need to be yanked out with pliers and arteries sewn closed after an grievous injury. The pain of "surgery" means the shifter has to be held down by others when the bullet is being removed. And might I add without the benefit of anesthesia. These shifters also don't have a heightened sense of smell, which makes tracking and smelling enemies in their vicinity not likely.
Also the Mystery shifters are always at a disadvantage when fighting both unscrupulous Wolves and Humans, because they "fight fair", they don't use weapons against their enemies. They are reactive instead of proactive. They don't go looking for their enemies - they get attacked. They don't set traps or post any sentries. Actually they are sitting ducks for the ruthless and vicious Human hunters as well as the mean vicious other Wolf shifters who have targeted them.
You almost forget that this is a gay romance with all the action and mystery. Isaac can not believe that he is attracted to the Human Hunter who shot him and fellow Mystery shifter, Sage. The young man, Santana shows him in every way the contempt and disgust he feels for the monsters that massacred his home town. And the first chance he got Santana escaped from that house of "Kidnappers"! This led to him jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. How can one man have so much bad luck?
When he wakes up from unconsciousness Santana finds himself back in the "monster" house. WTF?! Then he finds himself having feelings for the man/Wolf who brought him back to the main house. How is that even possible? He must be going crazy. Come along and find out what Santana Discovered.
Like in this book, Isaac is willing to give his human mate Santana time to over come his doubts, to get to know just what werewolves are, and to eventually mate. So when Santana makes up his mind and is willing to give the relationship a go, willing to commit, no holds barred. .. . It isn't until they're both in bed and Isaac realizes Santana will never agree to the type of sex Isaac wants.
So we get this commitment from the human but now the wolf backs off due to his wanting dark sex along with his mating. Something that was never brought up, never alluded to, until this point. I'm still shaking my head over this. . . That while wolf Isaac was thankful and thrilled to have a mate, was willing to give all the time Santana needed, when push came to shove, Isaac wanted the mating according to his needs. He was willing to walk away if his dark desires weren't met.
How shallow can characters get. Better yet the mating was *almost* a done deal yet the knife needs to be twisted a bit more. . .
The angst in this series. . . At first Sage was concerned over a male to male mating working because he'd never heard of one. But once he was mated to a male, showing that it could happen, that bit of angst was concluded and not brought up in any of the other books.
We have everything from humans being tortured to being experimented on, kidnappings, evil wolves, you name it, it's in this series. Yet situations are brought up and just touched on, never concluded.
Like Sage's father. His name is Martin. Yet I doubt his father's name is mentioned until deeper in the series. We don't learn the name of his beta. . . Well, it was mentioned after a hardware store fire, but the name was thrown out there with, "You!" It isn't until the next book that I realized it was Martin's beta that caused the fire.
And what was going on with Patrick and the Sheriff? They're mates, attracted to each other but due to the unveiling of werewolves, they 'break up'. They don't phone. They don't communicate. And Patrick's mood affects everyone in the house, all the other wolves. This whole situation was over the top angst and not realistic at all. The other matings in this series show how hard it is on the wolves when their mating goes wrong. For Patrick to suffer like that for so long - Nope, not working in my book. Come up with a new twist, that one was overworked and overdone.
Oh yes and the shocker. The sheriff is kidnapped and being tortured by Martin, Sage'father. If I'm to step onto that stage of believability . . . N O W Patrick is an emotional wreck, missing his mate, and wants him back. *Then* Patrick wonders if his mate will be the same guy he fell in love with. *cough* No, he won't be the same. This shallow characterization of Patrick is a bit much to take.
Devin's situation was taken to such an extreme that his not trusting anyone was a bit much. Not even his childhood crush and his mate, Mercy. Devin could have shared sensitive information to take out Martin and especially the doctor. Does he? No. We have to suffer, along with Devin, as he makes up his mind. And what ever happened to that dust that was practically given to the doctor? There was no conclusion there. Martin came along with his wolves and the doctor left with them (still wonder how those three got away when they were cornered). But no mention of the doctor sneaking off with that important dust. Very important.
So. . . Who is running Martin's pack while he is away, wrecking havoc on Sage and his friends? All the top enforcers and Beta are with Martin, so I ask again, who is left behind acting for the alpha? We hear it is falling apart. So is someone else moving in taking it over, a rival? ??
Martin is running out of wolf help as Sage and crew keep killing them off. How is Martin able to continue without his beta or enforcers? I realize the humans are interchangeable but not wolves.
It isn't until the 4th book that Sage is concerned about his mom. That should have been his first priority when he left. Family always comes first. But no, her information helped solve a situation in Devin's book, so his concern for her came off as rather late. Too late for me.
Another inconclusive situation was when Sage moved into the town of Mystery, there were noises in town. Sure one wolf was targeted and taken down. But did that solve the flashing mirror signal that was brought up more than once? Or the noises in town?
Again these are short stories so what is written has to be well thought out. I kept finding gaps and I keep questioning various parts as I've stated above. This series isn't well put together and as I like to sit down and be entertained, I don't like to start nit-picking a story, pointing out things that bother me. This series is two stars for me, I wouldn't recommend them, and they're not worth investing time or money in. Especially at the prices these command for stories that should run for .99/ea. - Dan's Wife
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