Audiobook Review: Shifter’s Innocent (One True Mate, #4). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Shifter’s Innocent by Lisa Ladew

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He’s hunted, she’s living a lie, and an unlikely connection dooms them both…

Beckett Oswego has lost himself in his work for years, always looking over his shoulder for the killer who stole his father and brother from him. When he isn’t working, he parties his weekends away. Work, party…party, work. Anything to keep his mind busy and off the constant pain from the past that haunts him. 

Cerise Pekin has been captive for years, forced into a life of old ways and restrictions. Always planning her escape, she yearns for the day she can truly be free, but when a violent incident pushes her into the real world before she is ready, she quickly realizes that she is not prepared for survival.

When Cerise talks Beckett into helping her escape from prison, he knows she isn’t his one true mate. However, with the intensity of the connection they share, he is compelled to help her in any way he can, which sends them both straight into the clutches of a common enemy. With no help from Beckett’s pack in sight, they are forced to rely on each other…

Shifter’s Innocent

A new villain!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The heroine: Cerise – she practically raised her sister Casey, and she was determined to save her and her sister from their “father” Miles, who has been looking at Casey too intently lately and Cerise was never going to let him get to her. Cerise was systematically stealing from their neighbors in order to gather enough money to make their escape from the abuse they suffered. When they were out early one morning as Miles slept off a night of drinking, they found a house with a tunnel to another house and Cerise felt she had to check it out and the man sleeping inside.

The Hero: Beckett – wolf shifter and best friend to Crew from Shifter’s Echo, he also was a member of the Serenity police department. Beckett suffered from nightmares of his brothers death for years and one night while having a nightmare, he is calmed by the girl who snuck into his home. After waking up to see her, she told him to go back to sleep and he did, forgetting he ever saw her.

The Story: Like in the prior books, Cerise is a one true mate, which is a half human, half angel who is capable of mating a shifter and producing young. Each of the one true mates have a different power and has a talisman, a necklace given to them by their “father”. Though Cerise and Casey have been held captive by Miles for years, they had rarely left the farmhouse where they live and are exceptionally naïve when it comes to men. Cerise only knows not to trust them.

The story was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Michael Pauley like the first three books in the series. He has gotten better with each books and I am really enjoying his narration by this point. The stories have also gotten increasingly more interesting as the series goes on. The supporting characters are all terrific and the couples from each previous book has made reappearances in each book as the series goes along.

I liked both characters in this book as well as their back stories. I also can’t wait for some of the books of other characters, especially Trent and Troy, the Burbank twins who have been stuck in wolf form since birth, but who can think and communicate via their minds like the men they are inside. Mac is also a great character and his story should be great. He gives some good comic relief. This book also has a new villain, a Shiften named Grey who was strong and was working for Khain and against the rest of the Shiften.


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