Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Taming the Bander
Author: Summer Devon
Series: Solitary Shifters #1
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: He thought he had nothing left to lose…until he lost his heart.
Jake will be forever grateful to the man who rescued him and brought him to an animal preserve to live. It’s the perfect home for a bander, a type of shifter known to be notoriously taciturn. Now Jake runs the place, and he’s content with the hard truth that he’ll always be alone.
Summer visitors are a necessary evil. And Vaughn Prentiss is exactly the sort of tourist that gets on Jake’s last nerve. A happy-go-lucky, carefree, trust-fund baby.
Vaughn can’t fathom why Jake seems to enjoy insulting him for no reason. Yet he’s attracted to the man’s gruff kindness with the preserve’s youthful workers. And it hasn’t escaped his notice that Jake is something special. Something not quite human.
When Vaughn discovers his financial manager has absconded with the family fortune, Jake acts on impulse to offer him a job, and wonders if he’ll live to regret it. It’s hard enough to keep his shifter nature private, much less keep his paws off his newest employee…a man Jake is coming to admire. If only he could be sure, when danger reveals the truth of what he is, if Vaughn will stay by his side—or run.
Product Warnings: Contains a sexy “pretty boy” who’s smarter than he looks and a grouchy shapeshifter who can’t resist strong hands and a wicked tongue. Prepare yourself. This book is anything but tame.
Vaughn’s living the high life. Able to travel the world with no worries about money or what he’ll do next. That is until he finds out his cousin’s husband/financial manager has taken off with his and a few others’ money. Now the only good thing about his life is Jake Bander, the caretaker of an animal preserve. When Jake tries to offer Vaughn’s cousin a job at the preserve, Vaughn ends up taking it instead, giving him the perfect opportunity to earn a paycheck and get close to the grouchy man. But the more they’re around each other, the more their feelings come into play and doubts on whether a relationship could ever develop surface. Can they get passed their fears or will they let the other go before they get in too deep?
Awww, I must say, I absolutely loved these boys. Vaughn is such a chatterbox that he babbled so much. Sometimes it was because he was nervous, other times it was because he knew it annoyed Jake to constantly talk. Jake was such a grumpy guy who has a huge aversion to being around people. He’s a solitary type of man and really has no social skills to speak of. It’s why I loved these two together because they’re such opposites. Where Vaughn is a smooth talker, friendly and easy to get along with; Jake was distant, anti-social and sometimes extremely rude. Granted, he had his reasons for not wanting to get close to people. One of which is because he’s trying to keep the fact he’s a shapeshifter a secret and the other is because he’s been betrayed by someone he cared about in the past. The connection between Jake and Vaughn is intense and they’re definitely hot together.
My only complaint was that I was confused on why certain events happened or were allowed to happen. For instance, when Jake was hurt, why was he taken to Dr. Glen when it didn’t seem like the vet did anything beyond taking x-rays and cleaning the wound? If he didn’t do anything extensive, Jake could have gone home and Vaughn could have patched him up. Also, how was it that Maya was able to uncover where Dave was but highly trained federal agents weren’t able to? It seemed a little too convenient and just a way to stir up a bit of conflict and suspense.
In the end, though, I still really liked the story. I might have picked it up a year ago and didn’t get into it then but this second go around was definitely worth it. I loved that Jake was so grouchy and cautious while Vaughn was so chatty and up-beat. The story was well paced and the writing was nice and engaging. The world is also intriguing in that people know about shifters but they really don’t know about shifters. Meaning shifters aren’t crucified but they are sort if feared. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing if that changes. If you’re looking for a different kind of shifter story, give this one a try because while Jake is a shifter, he really has no idea what kind he is!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*