Gabbi Reviews: Putting Down Roots by Tam MacNeil

Title: Putting Down Roots
Author: Tam MacNeil
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 29
Characters: Mark, Thomas
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Romance
Kisses: 2


At twenty-nine, Mark is lonely and unhappy. With his teaching degree, he never expected to be scraping by at a dead-end job in a bookstore. So when he’s given the opportunity to do the work he’s always dreamed of, he jumps on it.

But there’s a catch. Mark has just agreed to spend the summer teaching a recalcitrant student at a lonely manor outside the most haunted village in the UK. It doesn’t take Mark long to figure out there’s something strange, really strange, about Thomas, his host and the father of his pupil. They say the village changes people, and it turns out Thomas is living proof. Now Mark has to decide if he should run like hell or stay and become part of the family.


Putting Down Roots is a creative and interesting take on a shifter romance.

This short has a lot going on in it. Between the mystery of the village Thomas and his daughter live in, to the unique shifter that Thomas turns into, Putting Down Roots had a lot of potential to be a great book. I honestly believe this was not meant to be under 29 pages long. This story never really explains itself and I was left with way too many questions at the end of the book.

I liked Mark. He seems to be a good man. I thought he and Thomas’ daughter, Bryony had good chemistry together and I enjoyed the banter they had between them. Though Thomas also seems to be a nice man, I would have enjoyed seeing more with Mark and Thomas together.

In the end, there is just too much going on and too many unanswered questions for me to have really enjoyed this read. I really liked the idea this author had and it’s too bad it wasn’t a full length novel because, in my opinion, it does not work as a short story.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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