Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Stake Dolan, Dolan to his friends, is a firefighter for the Stone Ridge fire department. He does not intend to insult people but he seems to have no brain to mouth filter. So when he insults a detective who is helping to investigate a series of arsons going on in the community, he gets called in to see his supervisor. He is told that he must apologize in writing to the detective, serve a three day suspension and “volunteer” his services clearing the brush away at the local nature park.
Cecil Rochette is a member of the local wolf shifter pack near Stone Ridge. After his brother has mated with a cat shifter that was recently rescued from some scientists, thoughts of a mate are on his mind. In the meantime, he has adopted a kitten for companionship. Cecil decides to help the forest rangers in his pack with the annual clean up and brush removal. Not knowing better, Cecil takes his new kitten with him to the park. Cecil notices the kitten is missing and finds her in the branches of a tree.
Cecil is grateful when a hunky fireman offers to rescue the kitten from the tree. Dolan states that as a firefighter, he has done this a number of times. Cecil realizes that his would be hero is in fact his mate. He kisses Dolan for his offer to help. Dolan is taken aback by the forwardness of this man. After all, Dolan is not gay. Cecil realizes that his mate is new to man to man relations and decides he has to woo his mate before he can claim him. Cecil just hopes that the reputation Dolan has as an insensitive loudmouth can be tamed.
I have been a long time reader of the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, which this is the thirty-fourth book. What I like about the series is that Charlie Richards keeps her previous characters around as supporting players in her newer books. They might not be mentioned for a few books but suddenly they appear again, like old friends back for a visit. They are especially useful when initiating a new human mate into the world of the paranormal. I know with each book in the series I will get a good story each time. This and the related series (Kontra’s Menagerie, A Paranormal’s Love, A Loving Nip) are on my comfort reading list.
The cover art by Angela Waters is spot on as usual. In the foreground we see a shirtless Cecil and his wolf while in the background we see Dolan in full firefighting regalia.
Book Details :
ebook, 106 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Extasy Books
SeriesWolves of Stone Ridge #34