Book: No More Pocket Change
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: August 22, 2017
Length: 152 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Seeking the truth is harder than they thought…
Jenson is an anxious wolf, resigned to the fact that he’ll stay a loner forever, with no pack to his name and no mate, either. In a last-ditch attempt to find his beloved, he joins a dating agency. A few messages come through, none of them from a potential life-long partner, but one note has the hairs on the back of his neck standing on end. He’s been asked to help in finding a local Alpha and, bound by wolf law, he has no choice but to offer his services.
Damien belongs to a small pack, and he’s desperate to track down their Alpha, who went missing in mysterious circumstances. The Alpha’s scent disappeared on the edge of pack property—meaning only one thing. His scent had been shrouded by a creature that is a wolf’s sworn enemy, and getting their Alpha back will be nigh on impossible.
It isn’t just the enemy creature who must be feared, though. Members of the pack are keeping secrets—secrets that could solve the mystery of the Alpha’s disappearance if only they’d open their mouths and tell all. But no one’s saying anything, and it’s up to Jenson and Damien to seek the truth and bring the Alpha back home.
But with so many people telling lies, it’s difficult to know who to trust, and as the rescue mission gets in full swing, more twists and turns arrive in their path, hampering their way and clouding their vision. But Jenson and Damien know that as long as they’re together, they can do anything. Even killing if they have to.
This was an interesting story, very different than most with shifters that I've read mainly because the author gave us a character who had mental health issues. It’s always good to find a shifter story-or any story- that the writer creates characters or a backstory that is different than the norm.
All the characters were well-developed and had unique voices. Even with many characters I never felt confused as to who was who as we went along even during heavy dialogue parts. The overall story of Brett being kidnapped was suspenseful but not much. To be honest, the story overall didn’t keep my attention. There were times I had to put it down, and I wasn’t upset about it, although I was interested in figuring out the who done it mystery. I began to think it was just me because the author's writing was descriptive and flowed really well. The bond between Damien and Jensen was not rushed, in my opinion, or feel false. There was nothing concrete that felt off or flat so that usually means that for some reason it’s a me thing and not a writing thing. Unfortunately for me, through most of the story that feeling persisted.
Graham broke my heart, just seeing him, so broken right from the start gave me a connection to him, wanting him to get his mate back. I loved how the author handled Jensen’s anxiety. They weren’t minimized in any way, but the way he “overcame” them was unique and different. Damien was the guy with it all on his shoulders, and he never believed he could handle it especially since there were secrets in their close-knit pack making everything much harder.
It was a great story, just not one for me, but others should give it a try!
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