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- Publisher: Spare Words Press; 1 edition (April 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y2FBZYP
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Second Time Charm (shifters and partners Book 13) Kindle Edition
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Turns out it was Zack. A lot.
He's not a bad guy. He's a kind of average guy really. I liked him a lot because he was pretty much an Everyman character. It struck me as amusing he wound up getting into trouble because Simon initiated a sexual encounter between them while they were in training. Simon comes across as a very standoffish sort of wolf who has a lot more feral to him than the average shifter. He's no pushover. I really enjoyed how he wasn't physically perfect too. He's got scars. He's got issues. He's a headache most of the time---but he's the kind of headache Zack can handle since he's Zack's last shot.
Simon had failed to work things out with his first human partner which was why the program directors were nervous about him starting something physical during the training. He was unpredictable. He was needed though so they pretty much let him get away with whatever which was exactly what he wanted. I found him like an annoying brat most of the time who I couldn't help liking. I have to admit I enjoyed seeing Zack try to get to know him without ever really knowing how to do the whole get-to-know-you thing at all.
Second Time Charm was unique in a lot of respects to the other books in the series. I think my favorite aspect was that Hollis Shiloh addressed the question of what happens when the shifter isn't satisfied with a human's stamina? I mean, shifters are described as being faster, stronger, and more than humans in all ways. They're probably also more demanding sexually too, right? I liked that Zack brought in sex toys to supplement the times he just wasn't physically able to meet the demands of his partner, but he wanted to be there for him anyway. I liked it wasn't something he got really down on himself about. I know a lot of guys who are completely intimidated by the idea of toys in the bedroom. I liked the way they made it workable for Simon and Zack.
Simon had a much more difficult pack than any of the other shifters we've met to date. I liked seeing the intolerance of his pack even if it did make me sad to think he'd suffered so much. I think it was the diversity involved which made me enjoy it more. I loved seeing the way he "clicked" with Zack because Zack had chosen to be nice to a gay teen when he really didn't have to be. It was fitting for Simon to respond to someone who'd offered comfort he'd never received to someone who had been in a similar situation to his own life.
Second Time Charm isn't a light read. I rank it highly as one of my favorites in the series because it's got more pain to it which touches on real issues for me. I also just really loved the characters. It can be read as a standalone. I think I'd recommend this one to anyone who is comfortable with topics of abuse and fans of hurt/comfort reads. I really love the Shifters and Partners series and look forward to the next one.
Simon joined the program late adding to the low number of wolf participants. As this story is told from Officer Sinclair's viewpoint, things we learn about Simon are his observations. He is a quiet guy, heavily scarred, deep voice, easily doing well in the program but not as focused as he could be. The impression is Simon just doesn't care. This is his second time in the program, his first pairing didn't work and no idea why.
A human and a wolf coming together to join forces at a police precinct. Simon's quietness continues and Sinclair has no idea what he's dealing with because Simon doesn't share. And that holds true for most of the story. It's more than a difference in species. Simon comes with baggage and Sinclair isn't just your regular clueless man. He somehow reaches into himself and finds the right way to handle things even when he doesn't know what he's doing. Thankfully he didn't ask for help from anyone and I have no idea if he has friends or family or even friends on the force. It's not even mentioned where the precinct is or how far Simon had to travel from his pack. I even tried to find Sinclair's first name. Edit: Found his name -- Zach.
The ending is a HFN (Happy for now) with a long way to go, as all partnerships are. I wished the dog situation was handled. How can you live next door in an apartment building and hear a smaller dog barking like you know they do. . . Even if Molly was 'gone' her presence is still there? Another point was the work environment, I wanted to witness Simon being involved with his fellow precinct officers. He went from reviled and hated, not doing one thing to be nice to them yet here they are with a change of heart, reaching out.. Obviously as a wolf he doesn't need their approval or friendship and doesn't trust them but he's opened up and changed in small ways. I wanted to see and hear how those officers changed their minds and gave Simon his own second chance with them. 4.5 stars - Dan's Wife
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This book was really hard for me to read. I ended up skimming a lot of it. My main problem was I hated Zack as the main character of this book.Read more