The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😚😌😉
The heroine: Lia Doe – She is a deer shifter (hind) and has come to Mystic Bayou to work on the new housing development. When she first gets to town she goes for a run in the forest in her Doe for and ends up in front of John’s place where he sees her shift into a beautiful naked woman at which time she punches him in the face.
The Hero: Jon Carmody – he is a Selkie shifter (half man half seal) brother to Will, the new town doctor. He has been kind of a hermit until Will moved to town. He used to have the same groceries delivered every week and rarely left his place in the bayou.
The Story: Both Lia and Jon are attracted to each other from the start. Though like I said, Jon has been a bit of a hermit until recently and has no game with the ladies. He also has some hang ups about his scars from a tragic tussle with a Kraken. Lia keeps thinking about Jon, but doesn’t know what she wants and is entrenched in her job where she basically moves from town to town working on different construction projects.
Like the rest of this series, this was told in dual narration and narrated by Jonathon Davis and Amanda Ronconi. I loved their narration and both of their abilities to do a bunch of different voices and accents. However, I did not like Jonathon’s voice for Jon. He sounds like a old man and a redneck which wasn’t at all romantic or Heroic. His voice for Zed has a cajun accent and sort of red-neck-y as well. But is is tempered by the fact that it is a booming voice and the bear shifter is just redneck enough to be adorable, not dumb sounding. I just didn’t like this voice.
I have to say, though I am still loving this series and I am gaga about this town and all of its inhabitants, I wasn’t as invested in the lives of Lia and Jon. Maybe because they were both kind of tame shifters (deer and seal) amidst all the others where the participants had cool powers and were things like phoenix shifters, fae, bear shifters, alligator shifters, dragon shifters. Though the book was still good, it wasn’t one of my favorites of the series.
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