Someone’s killing werewolves.
Lukas Vance finds a list of towns, and in each one he discovers a murdered 19-year-old who smells almost like pack even though he knows they can’t be related to him. He reaches the next town on the list before the killer, determined to get the intended victim out of this situation alive. When he catches the familiar pack scent and sees the guy it belongs to, Lukas wants to do so much more than protect him.
Chris Keenan doesn’t know why gorgeous, broody Lukas thinks he’s in danger. Lukas says he wants to keep him safe, and when Chris freaks out Lukas is the only one able to calm him down. Chris has been feeling off for a while, and whatever’s causing that seems to be related to the list of towns and the murderer who’s made him a target. Instead of going to the police, Chris puts his trust in Lukas. But even with Lukas protecting him, figuring out what’s wrong with him may be the last thing Chris ever does.
Shift is a 98,000-word novel for people who want some gay shifter romance inside their urban fantasy, ensemble cast adventure.
There is literally no way anyone will ever be able to convince me that Lukas and Chris aren’t based on Derek and Stiles from Teen Wolf. Lukas especially. He has Derek Hale written all over him. Broody, family guilt, dark stubble, leather jacket … werewolf, don’t forget he’s a werewolf.
It’s not a detriment in any way that these characters bear a resemblance to ones I know from TV and fic. It really only popped into my head at the very beginning of the story, they are very much their own characters. And this story is darker than most of the arcs on Teen Wolf, definitely gorier at times.
It was a little gorier than I love at the very end, but again, one tiny detail that doesn’t take away from how freaking much I LOVED the mystery aspect of this story. I literally could not put it down. I cooked dinner with my Kindle propped on the counter, I pushed my bedtime back several hours. So good. So many twists and turns.
Usually the first book in a series makes me sad at the end, because I know the next book in the series is going to be about a new couple. But this one made me excited, because if it ends up being about the couple I think it’s going to be about (I won’t spoil it) it is going to be SO GREAT. Not that I wouldn’t love to see more of Chris and Lukas, because they’re so sweet together.
But honestly, I’m just excited to learn more of the story behind the mystery. I hope it goes all Maximum Ride on us, tbh. The world Shelley has built definitely has the potential to be that all encompassing.
Shelley Grayson grew up on a riverbank in a microscopic town, and now lives in a slightly bigger town with a rescue cat she didn’t really want and now can’t imagine life without. When she’s not writing, she’s wishing her daughter’s college wasn’t so far away. If she’s not wearing her glasses, she probably won’t recognize you, even if you plop down in her lap. And then you’d be blocking the TV, where she’s probably watching old episodes of MST3K and Star Trek.
She loves gay romance, adores werewolves and other paranormal creatures, and doesn’t want to bother if there’s not a happy ending.
Shelley also writes contemporary gay romance as S.K. Grayson.
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