Title: Ariel Estates Series, Book One: On Thin Ice
Author: Jessica Lee
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Silas Murdock, lion Pride leader of Ariel Estates, is on the trip of a lifetime, big game hunting with his entourage in Alaska. Everything had been perfect right up until a freak storm barreled into the area ruining their plans followed by an assassin’s bullet plummeting them into the frozen tundra.
Enter wolf shifter and former pack physician, Theodor Lucas. Returning from a trip to a nearby village, he witnesses the crash and finds the wreckage along with an unconscious and barely alive Silas. Theo’s ethical sense won’t allow him to walk away, leaving the male to suffer and freeze to death when there’s a chance he could be saved. Despite the personal risk and his vow to never be responsible for another soul, Theo takes the lone survivor back to his cabin to care for his injuries.
The stranger’s unusual scent has Theo stumped. The gorgeous male is definitely not human, but exactly what is a mystery. But Theo’s unexpected guest is the only one with any answers as to who he is, and why their pilot ended up with a bullet to the back.
There’s just one problem: now that the male is awake, he doesn’t have a clue. In fact, who, what, and where he is, is a total blank. But for Silas, there is one thing he does know for sure: when it comes to Theo, his hot-as-hell rescuer, a lifesaver has never looked more delicious.
I’m going to cut right to the chase here. When I started reading this story, I was so lost I had to re-read pages one through six just to be sure it wasn’t me, being my typical lost self. I found myself still lost so I pushed on to try to figure out where or why or if I had a reason to get that way. Generally I catch on very quickly when it comes to reading but with this one, I felt as if I had been invited in ten minutes late. So, it took me a bit to figure it out, then I realized it was largly due to the fact that this is book one in a series. I don’t know how many are left, I do see two at the moment. Anyways…
On to the review. I found the story full of sex, hot sex. If I had to weigh the percentage of plot vs. sex? I’m giving 75% of the story to sex. The plot is what I’m after here, not the sex, so I’ll cut to the chase. Tiger pack leader Silas and four of his pack members were in Alaska on a hunting trip, we meet them while they are waiting on a small plane to pick them up from the wilds of the cold Alaskan frontier. This is where I had to re-read. The characters really had me lost. I had no idea who was who. We get a bit, a tiny bit of who they all are, but then something happens and the story really starts.
A plane goes down and crashes into the snowy landscape not far from a man named Theo who lives on his own, far off and away from everyone due to his own feelings of failure. But more on him later.
Theo rides to the crash on his snowmobile and finds the pilot is shot and dead. There’s a bit of fire going on, as one can imagine, so he takes a fast look around at all the luggage scattered here and there and decides he wants nothing to do with it. He lived on his own for a reason, so if he became involved, there would be questions as to why he was there and people would go looking for him and he didn’t need that in his life. He was hiding. However, he spotted a large man, unconscious in the snow, his arm broken, bleeding all over, he was a mess but alive. Against his better judgment he brings the big man home and because Theo is or was a doctor, he mends the other man.
Three days into the story, the other man wakes up without a memory. Only his wallet with his ID tells both men who he is. It’s unknown then to them if he is the one who killed the pilot or not, but it doesn’t matter. Animal attraction wins out after three days and for the most part, these two men go at it.
It’s never really said what happens to Silas’ arm, but I’ll assume due to what he is, he healed very quickly. The two men spend time together when they aren’t making the nasty, and they talk and such, both finding out that the other is a shifter. One is a tiger, the other a wolf.
Once Silas remembers who he is, after an attack on Theo, he goes back home to deal with who wants him dead. The ending is cute. Can’t wait to see how they work in book two.
Overall, it is a nice story, and I’ll read the second book because I’m gluten for shifter stories.
Reviewed By: Lyncx