Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Jack McMillian is about to get away to Mexico for a vacation when his boss summons him to his office. When the boss, a lion shifter, asks Jack to do him a favor, you know it must be big. He wants Jack to go to Colorado to take on the job of manny to five wolf shifter pups ranging from age fifteen to twin three year olds. It appears the young fifteen year old she-wolf bit their previous nanny, an ostrich shifter. The head of the household, the children’s uncle, is CEO of a major computer company and known as a good alpha. Deciding Vail was an alternative to Mexico, Jack decides to take the job, at least temporarily.
Kenneth Marcon has been raising his sister’s children for the past couple of years. The children’s father dropped them off shortly after his wife’s death, unable to cope with the five children, two of which were infant twins. He has help running both his company and his household from Miles. Miles has had a thing for Ken but never acted upon it as Ken was both his boss and his alpha. Things start to change when the new manny arrives. When Jack begins to take interest in Miles, Ken starts to assert his feelings not only for his assistant but for the new manny as well. Just as the three are forming their bond, Ken is called away to London to complete a business deal for his software company. While Ken skypes with his family, it’s not enough for Jack or Miles and they see that Ken is not dealing well with being away either. Can the men convince Ken to balance his work and home life better as seven people need him also?
This was a slightly different take on a shifter story for me. When Ken is introduced as an alpha, I thought that there would be a big pack under his control. Instead it seems that the pack is actually his family and those he employs for his household and company. There is talk about sentries patrolling but I was not sure if it was just his estate or pack lands they were patrolling. The mink shifters were a unique twist to what one would think would make a good bodyguard for the children. Each of the children had their own personalities. Simone is just beginning to shift again and doesn’t understand why she is different than her friends. Tommy yearns for a male role model. Ginny is the tom boy who is beginning to get interested in more feminine things. And twins Jim and Joe just changed from wolf pups to their human form so they are exploring the world in their other form. Personally, I thought the last couple of chapters would have been better as the start of a sequel to this book. And I’m sure it will be a jumping off point for any such book. I am waiting for more adventures of this family.
I absolutely adore the cover by Christine Griffin. It has three wolf paw prints within a heart on a wood surface. This is perfect for the book.
ebook, 216 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635332877 (ISBN13: 9781635332872)