Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Smith Ryland develops a sudden, pathological fear of heights, he seeks professional help. A lifelong animal ecologist, he can no longer climb trees or trek through rainforests to follow the bird colonies he’s studied for eleven years. He takes a job looking after wild animals in the oddly named Timtuk Canyon Ranch, in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. He’s astonished to find the ranch is in the mountains. How can he handle this unusual assignment? And what’s up with Jones, Just Jones, the mysterious, magnetic owner of the ranch?
Jones has secrets. Smith intrigues him because Jones is the caretaker of numerous animals most people don’t even know exist. Smith is comfortable with all the animals, including the ones that aren’t part of the…everyday world. Jones senses Smith needs the ranch as much as Timtuk needs him. Can Jones trust this newcomer? Something is changing, bringing with it…magic, but also the threat of lethal danger to Timtuk Canyon Ranch.
This story left me a bit confused. Smith has been trying to get over his new fears and it seems to work out well after he accepts a new job. Jones and Smith have an interesting connection that confuses Smith as Jones seems to appear and disappear at will. Smith’s inner beast has been suppressed and being around Jones starts to bring it out along with some knowledge about his family.
There were so many things that didn’t add up during this story or were not explained, I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on. I’m hoping that as this series continues I’ll start to understand more of what is happening.
The cover art by Martine Jardin is nice and I like the visuals of the characters.
ebook, 112 pages
Published: February 23, 2018 by eXtasy Books
Edition Language: English
Series: Mojave Mountain Wolves #1