Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wild Instincts by Ethan Stone

Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.

Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.

They could end up losing their lives.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The second book in this series focuses on Tyson Dakota, police cadet and bear shifter. Tyson works with the police to find and stop the drug runners and mafia members that are causing increasing harm to Seaside residents. At the same time, Tyson gets close to a new lover and unravels more Dakota family secrets.

This second story is exciting – it definitely pushes believability barriers but I enjoyed Tyson’s trial-by-fire initiation into the police force. I felt like there was more focus on the whole Seaside community in the first book. The focus here is more on the visiting criminals and I found myself wanting a little more of the Seaside residents.

Without spoilers, it is difficult to discuss the romance in this story. Honestly, it didn’t work for me. I enjoyed the steamy scenes at the start of the book but as the book progressed, I found myself questioning Tyson’s choices and I really struggled with the ending. This story is more action/suspense than romance and I didn’t feel there was enough character or relationship building to get me properly invested in the romance.

And finally, about the MPreg storyline. I kinda forgot the MPreg revelation at the end of the first book when I requested this one. It was only briefly mentioned in the first book but it is a running plot thread in this second story. I can’t emphasise how much I hate MPreg storylines. I was surprised to see one from a male author because they usually show up in m/m romance by female writers who feel the need to turn one male character into the ‘woman’ in the relationship, completely emasculating him in the process. Here, the pregnant man does become the worst kind of stereotypical pregnant woman, complete with cravings, mood swings, and decorative nesting urges. Urgh. Why can’t 1950s gender roles die? And why on earth would male couples want to replicate such a toxic and outdated heterosexual relationship model?

Anyways. I enjoyed the first book in this series more than I liked this one. I did enjoy some of the action storyline and I like Tyson as a main character.

Also Available in the Seaside Shifters Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wild Retaliation post.

ETHAN STONE is an out-and-proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life—the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad as he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather three times over. A way-too-young grandfather.

Ethan recently returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mountain Dew and beef jerky addictions.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Instincts (Seaside Shifters #2) by Ethan Stone to read and review.

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