Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Secret Energy
Author: Chris T. Kat
Series: Shifters #2
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 274 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and All Romance Ebooks
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Blurb: When wolf shifter Robin agreed to cover for his older brother Tim and Tim’s lover Jay, he never imagined feeling so stifled. Tim’s overprotective attitude suffocates him. Pressure from within—the urge to find his own mate—mounts daily. With a little help from Jay, Robin finally convinces Tim to let him go for a run alone, but he has no inkling that his life will change forever as a result.
Unexpectedly, he finds his mate Peter Brannigan, an old and special soul, and the one shifter who can bring balance to Robin’s life. The new couple spend days together, developing their bond as mates. Yet even as they explore and cement their relationship, crisis looms just ahead when an old enemy of the pack shows up and kills someone Robin loves.
For weeks now, Robin has lived with his brother, Tim, and his brother’s mate, envying and yearning for the connection they’ve developed so quickly. But fed up with Tim’s over-protectiveness, Robin needs to go for a run and be alone. Unfortunately, with the pack’s old enemy still out there, Robin can’t go anywhere without Tim shadowing him. With the help of Tim’s mate, Robin can finally roam the woods himself and, in doing so, stumbles across his mate – his big bear/wolf hybrid mate. Ecstatic for the bond he’s always yearned for, Robin’s life is about to change in more ways than one, especially when their old enemy comes back and strikes Robin and Jay right where it hurts.
Awww, this book just about broke my heart! I hated, hated, hated who got killed (no, I’m not spoiling that!) because I adored this character to pieces. Even so, I loved both Robin and Peter. The two are so different. Robin is chatty and a bit wild while Peter is very serious and always calm. I loved that they were so different, though, because it made for a lot of funny moments. Considering that Peter is about two hundred years older, he has a different type of speech dialect and doesn’t really understand more modern phrases. So, whenever Robin would say something silly, Peter always thought he were being literal, which then resulted in a question of why he’d want to do this and how it didn’t make sense. That was a lot of fun and definitely had me smiling in a book that had a foundation of grief.
Moreover, I liked that this one explored over avenues of hybrids. Since Peter is predominately a bear hybrid, there’s a lot of Peter’s clan in this book and even getting to experience how Peter’s clan lives and see other hybrids. I also really liked that this one dealt with different types of magical gifts. Jay and Robin are already able to heal injuries but, by nature, hybrids can see energies around living creatures and I liked that with Robin’s mating, he developed that power too. It was interesting to say the least.
I really enjoyed this one but I had a few minor issues with it. Mostly, there was a tad too much sex for my liking but also, I didn’t really understand Robin’s outbursts sometimes and his quick impulses to lash out. It was hard for me to understand exactly why Robin had freaked out but also, sometimes I felt like the way Peter treated Robin was like he was a bratty kid, which considering that was his mate, was a little uncomfortable.
In the end, though, I really liked this book. I loved that Robin got his own mate, and a mate that was so strong and protective and with an endless patience! But I also liked that this book dealt so much with Tim and Jay. It was horrible what happened but being able to experience all that was a treat because it showed not just Tim and Jay but also Robin in a whole new light than how they were in Secret Chemistry. If you’re looking for something sweet, with a bit of angst and some wayward shifters, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*