Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Shape of Honey
Author: Ki Brightly
Heroes: Yulian & Rolly
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.
Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.
When Rolly’s actions push him into being almost banished from the pack, Yulian steps in to save him. Unfortunately, Rolly’s far from grateful when he’s taken from his family and friends and forced to work with a man out in the middle of nowhere. While Yulian has his own reasons for wanting Rolly with him, Rolly struggles not to let his secret out and letting Yulian on to the fact that he’s as much attracted to Yulian as Yulian is to him. But with danger around the corner and Rolly worried about his friends and family, will they be able to figure out their feelings before things get worse?
I have to say, I was quite surprised by this story. When I started it, I was intrigued by the fact that Yulian, such a strong alpha type would stick up for the weaker Rolly, who’s such a smartass troublemaker. As the story progressed, I liked the dancing they did around each other. I found Rolly a little annoying at times with his constant denial and refusal to even attempt to accept his wolf but I just loved Yulian so much that I was able to overlook Rolly’s problems. I found Yulian’s desire to get Rolly to like his land and trying to make him happy very sweet. One thing I adored, though, was that Rolly was physically bigger, taller than Yulian but Yulian was so clearly the stronger one. When they finally get together, I was so happy and loved seeing all their sexual tension finally released!
I really enjoyed this one but I had a few issues. My main one was Ava. I really disliked her and honestly hated her POVs. I felt like they were a bit pointless so I ended up skipping them about half way through and ultimately hated the way Rolly was so obsessed with her. I also felt like the resolution to everything could have been a little more developed and everything with the bees theft was tied up way too nicely. I also want to know what happened to the humans, were they freaking out still after all these months? I was also a little disappointed that there wasn’t more exploration of the mead process. Yulian had a meadery but it was like the mead made itself because it was never talked about how he worked on it or had any workers who did it.
Overall, this was a great story. I loved the slow burn and UST between Yulian and Rolly. There was some miscommunications between them that certain readers won’t like but I actually enjoyed them and their push/pull relationship. I had a few issues but I ultimately really liked the story and hope the auther considers writing more in this world (although I don’t want Tom’s story) but I’d love to read one for Dean!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*