Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When restlessness drives Shadow out of his MC’s clubhouse and into the night, the last thing he expected was to find a half-dead werewolf. Shadow has never been known for his altruism, but he takes the wounded man back to his motorcycle club, the Hellbeasts.
Rand doesn’t know who attacked him, but suspects at least one person from his own pack is involved. But even that might not be as bad as waking up in the midst of a group of misfit weres who don’t seem to like him. Especially Shadow, the man charged with taking care of Rand, as compelling to Rand as he is frightening.
But before he and Shadow can work out what exactly they are and want to be to each other, Rand’s attackers show up to finish the job.
Another in the Hellbeasts series from Less Than Three Press from numerous authors that revolves around a werebeast motorcycle club, I thought this one had promise but in the end didn’t completely deliver. I loved the character of Shadow, and the others from the Hellbeasts MC. They are the best drawn of all of the characters here in the story. Rand is perhaps the one with the least amount of support to his personality. We are “told” about his history in different sections of the story but never actually get it from his point of view. He just feels too much of a submissive to have ever fit the description of the wolf he’s supposed to have been. He’s sweet, wounded, and yes sort of vague. The complete opposite of Shadow. Ironic.
Maybe the short length is part of the issue here. Had this story been longer, it and the characters could have been developed to their full potential. As it is, I liked it but the big showdown and the ending both felt rushed and left me feeling a bit disappointed. Not what I would have wanted for such a strong character as Shadow.
Cover art is terrific. Its eye catching and makes you want to read the story.
ebook, 61 pages
Published November 9th 2016 by Less Than Three Press