Reviewed by Susan65
Title: My Partner the Wolf
Author: Hollis Shiloh
Series: Shifters and Partners #1
Heroes: Tom Langley/Sean Goods
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 293 Pages
Publisher: Spare Words Press
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Tom Langley and Sean Goods work together in a human-and-wolf shifter partnership, assisting the police, rushing in to solve crimes wherever their bosses send them. They’re a great team, and they have fun together, too: joking and enjoying each other’s company in a way that doesn’t happen every day.
Tom is also a married man. And his husband hates the wolf shifter with a passion. Tom tries to balance the sides of his life—one minute on a high-pressure chase with Sean, the next placating his husband Lowell.
Then the unthinkable happens: his marriage ends. Heartbroken, he’s not expecting to ever get over Lowell’s betrayal or to be able to love again.
Sean offers a solution: sex as friends. They have chemistry, and they trust each other.
But can they change their partnership that much? And is Sean secretly harboring feelings for him—expecting more than just sex?
Sean is a loveable, funny, strong, and protective. He’s the best buddy a guy could have. But Tom might not be able to keep from breaking his heart—if Sean is in love with him, and Tom can’t love him back.
Review: I really like the human-shifter pairing of alpha males in law enforcement and for the most part this was a great story. I loved all of the cases that Tom and Sean went on and solved together. They are part of a specialized team that used the nose of the wolf to find missing children (and other crimes) and saved the day more than once. They were heroes and a great team. Their friendship and partnership was easy and real.
Except that Tom is married to Lowell, a sneaky, manipulative man who always treated Sean like crap and tries to force Tom’s hand in choosing between his partner and his husband. A real husband, who was not needy and selfish, would allow their spouse to keep a friend and coworker without them constantly causing fake jealous drama. But, of course, there is a reason for Lowell acting like a lunatic and we get to that about half way through the book. Wolf shifter noses can smell more than missing children and Lowell has something to hide.
My only complaint was that Tom, the human half of this partnership, was completely unstable. For the entire book he was crying, whining, musing internally and externally about how he could never love again. He came across as weak, a willing doormat, one step away from being institutionalized. I’ve not read about a man more emotionally weak in my life. I can completely understand the hurt and pain that comes with betrayal, but really this was a bit over the top.
Even with my issues concerning Tom’s behavior, I was still drawn into the story and enjoyed watching the scenes unfold. I know that the next book is still the same couple, yet told from Sean’s point of view this time. I also noted the ratings were higher, so I look forward to seeing this partnership in a whole new light and, hopefully, with a lot less crying.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*