Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Harey Situation
Author: Bailey Bradford
Series: City Shifters #2
Heroes: Oliver Biggerstaffer/Jagger Osterman
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 117 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016 (Pride Publishing)
October 18, 2016 (Amazon)
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: This time, it’s a real bunny shifter and you know the saying about doing something like bunnies…
Oliver Biggerstaffer comes to Texas from Boston, looking for a job and a new life. He’s hoping the advertising firm he interviews for will hire him, and he can put his past where it belongs—behind him. No one will know who or what he is—a snake shifter.
Except he’s interviewed by Jagger Osterman, a bear shifter, and he meets a cute bunny shifter at the hotel where he’s staying. Oliver can’t hide his shifter status from them. And he doesn’t want to, once he meets them—especially the bunny, Peter Ruiz. It’s lust at first sight, but Oliver wants to take things slow as long as he’s staying at the hotel Peter’s working at.
Peter wants to get laid, and he wants to get laid now. The sexy snake shifter he’s attracted to has morals and ethics and things most of the guys Peter’s screwed around with before lack.
Oliver treats Peter like a person, not a body to have sex with, and if they can survive a series of weird accidents that might not be accidents after all, then Oliver and Peter just might have a happy ending all their own.
Review: I reviewed book one here, and this takes place after book one’s couple is established for awhile. It does not need to be read in order to enjoy this story.
Bailey Bradford is great at giving us shifters who SHIFT! It seems obvious, but many shifter books do not capitalize (IMHO) enough on the animal side of their nature and ignore the obvious (and cool!) things that they could do with their characters. In this case, we get a very horny rabbit and a calm, cool, and seductive snake. They use their animal characteristics as humans and have some particular traits that they carry over from their animal sides. Yesssssss! There is a scene with a forked tongue!
There is some danger that occupies most of the plot and some funny moments with Peter’s cousin, but the relationship building is surprisingly slow burn given their attraction and I was surprised by the characters’ personality traits. Peter is not the completely submissive bottom you’d think he’d be, nor is Oliver the cold-hearted, dominating top you’d expect. Instead everyone is a bit unpredictable. It’s lovely!
The bad guys are sneaky and the mystery (while predictable) has some interesting twists, which were not so obvious and were very clever. I liked that the author even managed to bring in a little teeny tiny bit of real life politics into this when our MCs were afraid to hold hands in the street in San Antonio because of the open license to carry and their fear that a gay couple might still be shot just for being gay.
I really love this author – especially her Southwestern Shifters Series – and this is shaping up to be another great series.
Highly recommended to shifter romance fans!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*