Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Putting Down Roots
Author: Tam MacNeil
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Heroes: Mark & Thomas
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 29 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: At twenty-nine, Mark is lonely and unhappy. With his teaching degree, he never expected to be scraping by at a dead-end job in a bookstore. So when he’s given the opportunity to do the work he’s always dreamed of, he jumps on it.
But there’s a catch. Mark has just agreed to spend the summer teaching a recalcitrant student at a lonely manor outside the most haunted village in the UK. It doesn’t take Mark long to figure out there’s something strange, really strange, about Thomas, his host and the father of his pupil. They say the village changes people, and it turns out Thomas is living proof. Now Mark has to decide if he should run like hell or stay and become part of the family.
This was a very intriguing story. I loved the concept of a ‘spooky’ town where the longer you stay there the more it changes you. I loved that Mark wasn’t afraid of the rumors but also wasn’t adverse to hearing them. It was interesting to see how Thomas tried to hide his shifting and how Mark slowly came to love being with Thomas & Bryony.
However, while I enjoyed the premise of the story, I felt like the story was way too complex for how short it was. I would have liked to see more of the background behind the village and how it came to host such shifters. I would have liked to see more of Mark and Thomas developing their relationship but mostly, I would have liked to know how there wasn’t more of a police force within the village to stop all the vandalism when the whole town seemed to know of the shifting. You’d think they would have had more law enforcement to stop it all or have more security in place.
All in all, this was a pretty good story. Very intriguing with a lot of potential for how short it was but I would have liked it to have been longer with more depth to explore more of the history and relationship. I still recommend it to those interested in a unique type of shifter story.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*