Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Romance Book Review: Extinction

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Book one in the Refuge Shifters Series
ISBN: N/A—Resplendence Publishing
Genre: Paranormal/Shifters/ M/M


Carol Lynne, one of my favorites in M/M genre, takes her stab at a shapeshifter series. I'm a big fan of shapeshifting series and love to see what the authors come up with for explaining the existence of the different breeds and history about why humans do or don't know about their existence. One of the best parts about the book is the way that Carol explains in great detail how shifters came to exist in our world and their vast history and struggles against those who hunt them to almost extinction.

Carol starts her story with Jack, a professor on a quest to find if stories his great-grandmother told him in his youth are true. His travels led him to Toby, a young shifter alone in the Mountains.

Toby has been alone for a long time and when he comes upon Jack he knows he has found his mate. With the help of "The Guardian", Jack and Toby go in search of the wolf shifters who are still alive and battle some of the hunters that are after them.

This series has the potential to be a good group of books on shapeshifters. I love Carol Lynne and her novels on M/M love. The emotions she interjects into her stories are real and inspiring. This book would have received a full 5 Hearts if not for the way she just jumps into the sex scenes in the beginning. They don't have enough of that something to make the scene seem a natural progression. It was too much like "this book is about sex, so let's just jump right in." It just didn't work for me. After the first scenes though, she seemed to dive back into her usual style and I was impressed with the rest of the book. Definitely a book for fans of the M/M scene.

Professor of Environmental Science/Wildlife studies at UNLV, Jack McBain has spent his adult life trying to track a legend overheard during his youth. Born and raised in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, Jack’s grandparents related stories of a race of people eradicated by European settlers in 1829. According to the legend, the Beothuk people didn’t die out as first thought, but were transformed into wolf shifters.

On Spirit Mountain, he finally comes face to face with not only the shifter he’s been looking for, but the man of his dreams he didn’t know he needed.

Toby has lived a life afraid of man. Hidden among the mountains of California and Nevada by his parents, he’s longed for the one person he can share his life with, his mate. When he smells Jack McBain for the first time, he knows he’s finally found him.

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