Shifters in the Bayou!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️
Narration Type: Solo Narration
Caleb and Renny – Caleb is a crocodile shifter and has just returned to Bitten Point from his time in the military. He wants to make amends for leaving everyone in his life with nothing but a text saying he joined the military, then never reading or answering his mail. He now has PTSD after serving in a shifter unit under a callous leader who had them doing shady things. He is scarred from being burned, but the scars on the inside are the ones he can’t get over.
Renny left town after getting the text from Caleb and finding out she was pregnant. She wrote Caleb to let him know but he never responded so she was solely responsible for raising her son Luke. She returned to Bitten Point six months ago to care for her father who was ill. He has since died and she is now working multiple jobs to pay her bills.
Caleb finds out that he is a father soon after arriving in town and is determined that his son is not raised without a father like he was. He also wants Renny back, since he has never forgotten her and she is the only woman who he ever had feelings for.
The book is told in dual points of view via solo narration. I really dislike solo narration, especially if it is done by a female narrator, I am not quite sure why, but I just like male narrators better. This one was narrated by Chandra Skyye and she does a good job, she does a decent southern accent and is able to do different voices. Though I did dislike that she pronounced Caleb like Cal-eb instead of Cay-leb.
The story was good with multiple plot lines and I liked the mystery of why Caleb initially left Bitten Point the way he did, the beginning of the book made it sound like it had something to do with his crocodile and a bite. I do like different types of paranormal books like this, where the shifters aren’t your standard wolf or dragons.
Daryl and Cynthia – Daryl is a black panther shifter. He wakes up and finds that he is tied up and there is no lady friend around. He doesn’t know who tied him up or why, when he suddenly remembers the woman he was flirting with last night at the bar, who later drugged him when they were making out in her car.
Cynthia is part wolf shifter and is a veterinarian. She kidnapped Daryl to get information, thinking he is a dangerous man and may be involved in the disappearance of her friend Aria. Daryl is attracted to Cynthia and his panther wants to claim her, so after answering her questions and showing her that he doesn’t know anything about Aria, he agrees to help Cynthia.
The first book Croc’s Return had some sort of dragon shifter that was in half shift, that the characters thought might be a failed experiment, though the monster died and they couldn’t find any proof the local genetics company, BitTech was involved. This book furthers that plot and more of these monsters are on the loose.
The story in this one was a bit crazy and I just didn’t like Cynthia much. I think the author was going for a quirky character, but she ended up as a super-ditzy caricature. She was supposed to be a veterinarian, and I can’t imagine her even making it out of high school much less having medical training.
This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Chandra Skyye. She does a decent job with a southern accent and does a few different voices for the different characters. Though I think the voice she used for Cynthia made her ditziness sound much worse, so much so that I nearly quit this one.
Constantine and Aria – Constantine is the brother of Caleb from the first book and is a huge manly cajun guy who has a cute little tiny dog called Princess. He is a python shifter and has a great sense of humor and is very easy going. Nothing much surprises him, so when he finds Aria, the Eagle shifter that Cynthia (from Panthers Claim) had been looking for, all muddy and coming out of the swamp near his home, hiding from the people who had taken her and experimented on her, he took her into his home and promised to keep her presence there a secret from everyone but Daryl and Cynthia.
Like the previous two books this was told in dual points of view via solo narration. It was starting to get on my nerves a bit to not have dual narration or at least a male narrator, so I took a bit of a break between the last book and this one. I doubt I will bother with many books with solo narration and a female narrator again. I don’t know why but I just like male narrators better than female. Duet or dual narration is even better.
The ongoing story about the evil genetics corporation doing some dastardly deeds and performing genetics experiments and the crazy results of the failed experiments running wild, was good and we found out more about what was going on. I liked this story more than the last one, it started a bit slow but got better and better as it went on.
Wes and Melanie – Melanie has twins with her husband Andrew who works for BitTech, the company that has been performing genetic experiments on the local shifter population of Bitten Point. Andrew claimed to not know anything about the disappearances, murders and monsters that have been seen in the bayou. Wes also worked for BitTech, though he always suspected that there were sinister things going on at the company. He was working with some of the local guys, like Constantine, Daryl and Caleb to try to bring those things to light.
Melanie and Caleb had dated back in high school, but he broke her heart when he broke up with her and later married Andrew. Melanie grew up as the good girl and she fell in love with the bad boy from a family known for living outside the law, but when he broke her heart, she decided to marry a good man to make her feel safe and secure. Little did she know, that she was much less safe and secure with Andrew than she ever expected.
Like the rest of this series, this book was done in solo narration by Chandra Skyye. She is a good reader and shows a lot of emotion through her voice, which I liked, though I didn’t like the voice she used for Melanie. The story in this one was good and I liked that Andrew finally showed his true colors in this one. The readers have known from the beginning that he was a shady character, and he certainly wasn’t a good husband to Melanie even before he came out and hit her and kidnapped her and her children.
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