5.0 out of 5 starsNice change-up in the Shifters lineup
17 August 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a pleasant change in focus for the Shifters and Partners series. This time a non-shifter actor is tapped to play a wolf shifter on a TV series. The resulting controversy rattles his already shaky confidence. And a lot of that pressure comes from our old friend Singh himself, who is producing the series to increase awareness of shifters in general, and for his program of shifters in law enforcement in particular. (He's tired of people applying because they think of it as a dating service. Had to laugh at that one.) Our actor has a lot of reasons for low self-confidence, growing up in an alcoholic home. And acting is presented as a way for him to get the acceptance he never found in his home life. The fact that our friend Singh is looking to replace him with a shifter actor ASAP doesn't help anything. But the show becomes a hit and increases the pressure on everyone connected to it. As usual, Hollis is aware of the inner brokenness that the actor, and many of us, carry inside. This is not high angst. But it is a testament that unconditional love can heal. Nice book. Likable characters.
This was a different story compared to the others in this series. No police work, no shifter school, and no training. Instead Sahil Singh is financing a TV show which tells the story of shifters and their partners. It's put out for the public to promote shifters and generate better understanding. It fulfills all that in spades.
The focus is on Cooper, the actor portraying the wolf partner. The problem? He's human. This is Cooper's story, who he is, his life, the pressures he deals with, and while others say he's broken, he doesn't have anyone to ground him. No home, no one until he meets Jimmy. Even then it takes forever for him to trust.
Jimmy is a wolf shifter, born and raised farm boy in a small pack which consists of family. He is a security guard and his job is on the movie set as Cooper is filming. With time Jimmy becomes Cooper's sounding board, life raft, safe harbor, and so much more. This was an excellent portrayal of an actor, the social pressure, performance phobias, and trying to find yourself amidst a cut throat industry. It was an excellent comparison when deep at heart, wolves are exactly like that -- Finding their way in a harsh world they're unfamiliar with along with expectations that are hard to meet.
I gave this four stars because the ending was too open ended. It's the same way I felt when 'Loyal' was done, more needed to be said. As this story ends, Cooper and Jimmy are going strong, but what happens when the film is done and Jimmy is back to where he started? Right now they're in this little bubble, which can easily burst, pushing Cooper back to his anxiety ridden insecure self and Jimmy wolfing out. We're left with this delicate balance as their job situation is temporary. Cooper needs to believe in himself, that this is more than a good thing. This time the human is the broken 'wolf' and needs TLC and counseling. . - Dan's Wife
Rating: 3.5 stars I’ll start with the things I liked about this book. First the characters. I loved both Coop and Jimmy. Even though they both had flaws in their own way, specifically Coop’s insecurities and Jimmy’s need to take control and protect Coop from everything, they were still wonderfully written characters. I thought they had great chemistry together and made a good couple. I also loved all the secondary characters. Jimmy’s pack was just wonderful. I also liked that we got multiple points of view in this story. Not only do we get to see things from both Jimmy and Coop’s perspective but from Grants and Sahil’s also. It made for a well-rounded story.
Now for the things that I didn’t like. This might seem funny coming from me who doesn’t usually care about realism in my stories, but the twist with Jimmy in the final half of the book didn’t sit well with me. It felt like a convenient plot device and not something that would really happen in the confines of the story. I also didn’t like that Cooper’s mental health was completely reliant on Jimmy. I realize that they’ve probably mated for life, but what if something happened to Jimmy. It’s not healthy for one person to put their happiness entirely in someone else’s hands. Everything just felt too tenuous at the end of the story.
Still, I did enjoy the story and was glad that my friend lent it to me. It was one of the better ones in the Shifter and Partners series.
It is 20th book in Shifters and Panthers series but it can be read as a standalone. It is a sweet romance between a non-shifter actor and wolf-shifter security guard. Jimmy and Cooper couldn't be more different and in the same time they are exactly what they both need.
Cooper is a young, inexperienced and most importantly very insecure and sensitive actor who finds support in a younger, protective and hot guard. Jimmy is his first fan and at first the only person who sees how stressed and uncomfortable he is about his acting career. I am quite sure that Coop would ever be able to succeed without his boyfriend help, he really is "a little broken" and has a self-destructive tendency. Both main characters are likable even though sometimes annoying. It got on my nerves how often Jimmy interfered with Singh - he definitely started doing it too early in their "relationship". I don't think I'd like someone to talk to my boss if I were Coop. In the same time it was obvious that it was exactly what Cooper needed - he was tired, insecure and always afraid of something. His partner in "Shifters and Partners" TV series was an obnoxious boor, he was a non-shifter playing a shifter, he was constantly hungry due to his strict diet and hard training and his agent made his life even more difficult. Jimmy and his pack cured him and made him happy.
The ending and Jimmy's new job was super sweet but not very convincing to be honest.
It was lovely hurt-to-comfort love story and I recommend it to ppl looking for some easy comforting read.