Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Scent of the Heart
Author: Parker Williams
Series: Shifting Needs #2
Heroes: Casey & Sev
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 214 pages
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Casey Scott grew up being told he’d never amount to anything, and despite the unwavering love and support from his best friend, Jake, the idea sticks in the back of Casey’s mind. When he discovers he has a unique destiny in an enclave where shifters and humans live together, he seizes the chance, wanting for once in his life to be someone special.
Tsvetok Yerokhin lost his parents to the evil ruler of the enclave when he was a boy. The responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers nearly overwhelmed him and self- doubt took over. When the new Alpha and his Protector arrive in time to save his life, Sev is grateful, but he’s even more shocked when he scents his mate with them.
Casey isn’t prepared for the feelings that sweep over him when he meets Sev, but he refuses to act on them because he’s straight. Still, there is something so alluring about Sev that Casey can’t help being drawn to him.
As the two explore the edges of their new discovery, an evil returns, determined to control the enclave or destroy it. The Alpha and Protector are powerless to stop it, but Casey holds the key to victory. If he can discover what it is, he has a chance to save them all. To be the hero.
Unfortunately, the hero has to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for Casey that means losing his heart.
Until a few months ago, Casey was a normal guy in college. Now he’s the shaman of a pack trying to recover from decades of tyranny. As a skunk shifter and guardian of his two little brothers, Sev is low on the totem pole. Constantly at the end of others’ abuse and pity, he’s shocked when he finds out that the new shaman is his mate… his very real, male mate. Neither of them are gay but the mate bond is strong and Casey still sometimes thinks as a human. While both men try to figure out their feelings, a very deadly evil starts to sweep the enclave and before they know it, they’re fighting for not only their lives but the lives of everyone they love and the entire enclave. Will they be able to fight the evil that seems so indestructible or will their new-found mating be cut short?
When I read Protector of the Alpha, I fell in love with this world. I loved that there were shifters living basic lives with humans. I loved the dynamics between the Alpha and the Protector and everyone else. When I saw this one coming out, I was excited to get back into the Shifting Needs world and see Casey, who developed some very insane abilities, work through not only living among shifters but also learning how to control those abilities. As characters, I loved that Casey was so sweet but also funny. I adoreed his constant mentions of 21st century things that no one would understand the meaning of. However, Sev was my absolutely favorite. I loved that he was a skunk who couldn’t control his spray and that he was so scared of Casey rejecting him and not being good enough for the shaman. And whoever says skunks can’t be dangerous, they haven’t met Sev yet because he was definitely fierce at times!
I really enjoyed this addition to the series but it I felt like the insta-love was too forceful. Normally, I don’t have a problem with insta-love but, in this case, I felt like one moment Casey was totally against Sev being his mate and ignoring him and the next, he’s confessing his love. It was hard to really believe that because by then they’d only really known and spoken to each other a handful of times. It just felt like there wasn’t really any feelings developed between them, although as the story progresses, you can see that they love each other and would do anything for one another but I wanted to SEE those feelings instead of being told they were developing. Also, I would have liked to see more of Casey learning to use his magic and actually seeing, instead of being told, how he tries to find a way of destroying the villain.
In the end, though, I still really liked this one. It was great getting back to this world and seeing how Jake, Zak and Casey have settled in while also seeing how the enclave has fared. I really loved the characters and there were quite a few funny and sweet moments throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and really hope it’s about the man from the epilogue (which I will not reveal!)!!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*