- File Size: 636 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Liquid Silver Books (July 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0104X9COC
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Claimed By Desire (Wild Hunters Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Hired to work on Dylan’s farm, Aeron is instantly attracted to the six-foot-four behemoth of a man, while fearful that said man will fire him on the spot if he learns of Aeron’s sexuality, a fear well-founded based on Aeron’s past experience.
For his part, Dylan has absolutely no intention of firing the beautiful man, but his own heavy attraction to Aeron wreaks havoc in Dylan’s brain as it has been just two years since Nikos’ death and Dylan feels strongly that any attraction at all dishonors the memory of his beloved Nikos. Unfortunately, his wolf recognizes in relatively short order that Aeron is theirs, and he pushes Dylan to move forward.
This is my first Skye Jones novel, but it will certainly not be my last. Her writing style is smooth and flowing, her characters have depth, the dialog is well-paced, and the book is riddled with emotion-pulling cues. Dylan’s horror at his own actions after his first sexual encounter with Aeron leaves him sick with guilt and chastising himself, a far cry from the standard “it’s all better now; let’s move on and let the past rest” that is so frequently seen in these situations. It’s much more realistic of what actually happens when you’ve lost someone so precious, and I appreciated that she took the time and the chance to portray it as such.
It is technically a standalone book, but it was abundantly clear that I missed several references that would have been greatly enhanced had I previously read the first book in the series. That being said, it is still a solid 4.5 stars and I highly recommend that you give it a try!
Aeron is a 29 year old, shy gay man living in a rural Welsh village and caring for his chronically ill mother. He has had few positive experiences of his life, but he counts his new job as a farmhand to be one of them. The stable work enables Aeron to save some money for his mother's care. She has multiple sclerosis and a rapidly declining prognosis. Aeron is determined to do a good job, but he's unprepared for his attraction for the big burly farm owner, Dylan Roberts.
Dylan lost his husband, his shifter mate, two years ago when rogue vampires tore his pack to literal shreds. He harbors immense guilt, and lives only to avenge his mate. All Dylan's friends want him to come back to their packs, but he remains isolated, hoping to pull the vamps into a trap. Meeting Aeron is unexpectedly upsetting. He feels an immediate attraction for Aeron, which only frustrates him further. How could he even look at another man? His heartsblood was shed and he vowed to never love again.
Aeron recognizes the need he observes in Dylan--he's so terrifyingly lonely, and Dylan seems the same. He convinces Dylan to have a friendly arrangement, hoping that it might escalate into something more. And, it does, but not in the way Aeron expects. He has no idea that Dylan is a wolf shifter, or that he's now under surveillance by ancient vampires.
Meanwhile Dylan's inner wolf longs to be mated to Aeron--who is inconveniently human. Even if Dylan could confess his secrets to Aeron, it's impossible to believe the beautiful young mane will be willing to change in to a shifter adn leave his home behind.
This was an interesting addition to the shifter genre. Dylan is a kind and conscientious man who fears the possibility of losing another mate. He'd rather shut himself away than try again, but Aeron is fiercer than he'd first seemed. I loved the interaction between Aeron and Dylan. Once the secret is revealed the tension only climbs. The addition of vampires creates a solid bit of drama, and Aeron's mother is also part of all equations. The canon of shifterdom is a little looser here, with less emphasis on the discomfort of shifting, and of turning humans to shifters. Dylan's alter ego, as a renown paranormal investigator--a force for justice as it seems--only bolsters Aeron's interest.
The sexytimes are definitely yummy, and the story wraps with and HEA that includes all the affected parties. It was a well-paced interesting love story that had great side characters, likely ones who had big parts of the first book, and the door is open to another story in the future.