Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
This is the second installment of the Series of Fates books set in the town of Easter Valley, where you have to fill out an application and pass a background check and interview process to live there. “We created Easter Valley so we could be part of the world without risking our people.” The shifters mostly work in town and live in the commune, but Seth is one of the few town dwellers. He moved there because his best friend, Max, had trouble in the commune and needed to get away and after Max found his mate (book one), he just stayed. He owns and operates a baker, Sweets and Meats, with Max.
I think I’ll need to go read the first book because Max is something else. This book opens with Max moving out of Seth’s house in order to live with his mate, the Alpha Christian. Max is having a hard time with it and Seth is pushing him to do what’s right. “Oh my God,” Max gasped in outrage. “You’re not doing this to be supportive of my relationship. You don’t want me to live here anymore, do you? And here I was worried about leaving you alone.” They are besties, these two. “I am the most self-centered friend alive.” That’s Max’s opinion of himself. “You are not,” Seth assured him, even though sometimes he kind of was.”
Seth is conscious of his looks, with one bright blue and one brown eye. He wears his bangs long and sometimes is convinced he won’t ever find his mate. When a new neighbor, the dog-trainer Jack, moves in Seth is smitten and knows finally, this is his mate. The moment when he first hears Jack is hysterical and made me laugh out loud.
Seth is super shy, though, so his brilliant (snort) plan is to have Max take him over in wolf form for training and that way he can get to know Jack. This of course can’t end well, whether it is from Christian finding out the plan; Max not only taking Seth to Jack’s on a leash but informing Jack his wolf’s name is Nancy; “…an 8×10 photo of Seth in a collar, running naked, covering his crotch with branches…” ; or worst of all, the way Jack finds out the truth about shifters.
We also get to see beta Zeus, a seven foot gentle giant who is lovely. When he thinks Max is pregnant (due to a Seth lie), the foot rubs and care for Max were adorable. I want him to find someone special and I hope his book is next.
This is a cute series and I will go back and read the first one to see how Max and Christian got together.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht.