Title: Solitary Shifters, Book 2: Revealing The Beast
Author: Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Colt Easton, Dr. Jasper Glen
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series, Alternate Worlds
Desire that runs deeper than blood…
Solitary Shifters, Book 2
Colt Easton is easygoing, fun loving, good with little kids…and he occasionally turns into a beast capable of ripping out a man’s throat. It’s a family secret he’d be more than happy to keep—if there wasn’t a little boy’s life at stake.
A deathbed confession revealed the child could carry Easton blood. The only way Colt can monitor the boy is with a job at his day-care center. The problem? New laws decree that all shifters be tagged. No blood test, no job.
Dr. Jasper Glen is instantly drawn to the outgoing Colt and is certain any child would be safe in the handsome shifter’s care. He ought to know—he’s been studying shifters for years, even invented the blood test that now, to his shame, the government is using against them.
All it takes is a quick vial switch. Except Jasper’s good deed blows the lid off a secret he didn’t even know he was keeping. And triggers a chain of events that makes them all moving targets.
Contains hot shifter seduction, government goons, and a mad scientist.
I’ve read several books by Summer Devon and I’ve enjoyed them all. I really like how she writes compelling, interesting characters that live and breathe off of the written page. Plus, her stories have fast-paced plots that keep this reader wondering what is going to happen next. Since the blurb does an excellent job at describing the book, I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I really loved this book and why I’d recommend it.
I really loved the characters. The main heroes are likeable men who I couldn’t help but become addicted to their story. Both Colt and Jasper have issues they have to work through, but they are honorable men. Colt is a shifter (you’ll have to read it to see what kind he is) whose animal side has a reputation of being violent and out of control. Even though this might be the case of other shifters like him, Colt is not this way. He is in control of his beast and strives to be a better man because of of it. I really liked his determination to do the right thing, despite the prejudices he has against his kind. Also, Colt has a flirty-funny side that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. I loved how he seemed to bring out the best in Jasper and how reliable he was when things became dangerous for them.
Jasper has lived with the guilt and conflicting feelings of wondering if he is doing the right thing. His job is to test people to see if they have shifter blood in them. Because of this, he has witnessed first hand how much the government and others are becoming more obsessed and prejudiced against shifters in general. When he meets Colt, he is struck by Colt’s honesty about his life as a shifter and feels compelled to help him. He knows if he does help Colt, his life as he knows it is over, but since he’s unable to take the guilt and pressure of his job, he decides to do it anyway. Jasper is definitely has a serious-scientific side to him and Colt is able to lighten him up a little, despite all of the serious things that happen to him.
Together they make an excellent match. Colt is easygoing and fun, whereas, Jasper needs to lighten up a little bit. I liked the friendship that developed between them and loved how their relationship evolved into something really special. They made a good team together and I loved how Colt helped and stuck by Jasper when he needed him the most.
Also, there is a very unique and creative world that Ms. Devon created with these characters. As a reader, I’ve read many shifter themed books, but Revealing the Beast had a definite freshness to the storyline that made it a very addictive, thought-provoking read.
Between the the love story, the villains and the fast-paced storyline I was totally disappointed when the book came to an end! I wanted more of these characters and was dying to see how Jasper and Colt handled Jasper’s ‘new condition’. I’m so thrilled that this is a series and can’t wait until I read more about these characters and see what happens next.
Revealing the Beast is the second book in the Solitary Shifters series. Somehow the first book, Taming the Bander, has escaped my notice, but you can believe that I’ll be reading the first book very soon. Even though it is the second book in the series, Revealing the Beast can easily be read as a stand-alone story in the series. I had no difficulty following along and had no trouble getting into the story itself.
Reviewed By: Gabbi