Chasing Seth by J.R. Loveless

Chasing SethChasing Seth by J.R. Loveless

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Veterinarian Seth Davies comes to Senaka, Wyoming, looking for peace and anonymity, trying to escape his past. He’s always been a target for trouble and pain, and Seth has had more than his share of both. Kasey Whitedove takes one look at Seth and assumes the worst. No white man could love animals the way the mostly Cheyenne population expects, and Kasey makes Seth’s first days in Senaka more than unpleasant.

Then an accident puts Kasey in the uncomfortable position of eating crow–and helplessly desiring Seth–despite the danger of Kasey’s life as a werewolf and Seth’s stressful secrets. Chasing Seth down and keeping him safe from his past has just become Kasey’s most important job.

So what did I think?

I liked the idea for this story – two men destined to be together but having to overcome the odds to do so. I liked that they had to not only overcome external trouble, but to deal with conflict between them too. This wasn’t a simple case of ‘you’re destined to be my mate so we must be together’, rather both men are not initially attracted to each other.

It is a story of wolf shifters so there is some background to learn about the pack, or in this case, packs. Kasey, the alpha-male sheriff, is Cheyenne. He is son of the alpha and part of a larger pack. Seth is white and comes to town as the vet. He is running from his past and has no one apart from his good friend Nick.

The story starts as we learn of Seth’s special healing qualities. I did have a flashback to The Green Mile and then later a bit of a Twilight Eclipse flash when a broken leg was healing. Seth and Kasey get off on the wrong foot with prejudices keeping them apart. Kasey makes some incorrect assumptions and Seth has been hurt in the past so is not prepared to trust Kasey. The story balances some action with Kasey and Seth learning about each other and coming to terms with their destiny.

There is a lot of sentimentality and I felt a slight repetitiveness plus at some points the story felt a little forced, not flowing naturally. Acknowledging that Seth had a traumatic past, I still found him too weak and needy at times and his reactions were all over the place.

Probably being a bit picky here but I also disliked all the changing of terms the two men used to address each other. Seth was referred to a Seth, the vet, his mate, pup….and Kasey was the big man, sheriff, the Cheyenne, his mate….

I acknowledge that I am much more a fan of contemporary romance and don’t read a lot of paranormal romance. It is a genre I throw in every now and then for variety. Therefore, my personal taste may naturally rate these books a little lower, purely due to subject matter.

So overall I enjoyed this story, I just found a few things that niggled at me. A true fan of paranormal romance may find these easier to overlook and enjoy this book more than I did.

The book ends with an unresolved issue between Seth’s friend Nick and Kasey’s brother. Given the book was published in 2011, I am bit surprised to find that a sequel featuring this story hasn’t been released.

Note: there are a couple of scenes that I did not like involving mutilation of pet dogs. I understood where this fit with the plot but didn’t like the gruesome descriptions. So be warned if you are sensitive to this type of thing.

3 Stars

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★★★★ The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt

The Distance Between Us series

  • The Distance Between Us (book #1) – previously reviewed
  • The Closer You Get (book #2)  – in this review
  • Meet Me In The Middle (book #3) – Expected: 20 August 2013 by Samhain Publishing

The Closer You Get (Distance Between Us, #2)The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“The virgin isn’t the only one with something to lose… ”

Self-described manwhore Kieran Frost is loving the single life. Two years after moving to Seattle, he still has his friends with benefits, Rhett and Ethan, plus a never-ending supply of gorgeous, available men wandering through the bar where he works. A relationship? Spare him the drama and heartbreak. He’s got no complaints about his unattached lifestyle.

When Rhett’s daughter introduces him to newly-out-of-the-closet Alex Corbin, Kieran’s interest perks up. After all, the quiet ones are always the freaks in bed. But Alex isn’t just shy and reserved. He’s a virgin in every sense of the word, having never even kissed anyone else.

Kieran is no one’s teacher, and his first instinct is to run like hell in the other direction. But his conscience won’t let him throw the na ve kid to the wolves for someone else to take advantage of. The plan is to introduce Alex to his own sexuality, pull him out of his shell, then go their separate ways.

It’s the perfect, foolproof plan…assuming no one falls in love.

Warning: This sequel to “The Distance Between Us” contains a curious virgin, a shameless slut, a trip to a sex shop, and one stubborn heart. Oh, and a dildo.

So what did I think?

When I finished the first book in this series The Distance Between Us, I was left feeling slightly disappointed because I wanted to see Kieran get his happy ever after. Obviously this was a common feeling amongst readers according to the author dedication: “To everyone who said Kieran deserved his own story: I agree. This one’s for you.” Thank you L.A. Witt!

I didn’t fully understand Kieran’s actions in The Distance Between us and exactly what he was getting out of the relationship with Rhett and Ethan. It was good to get insight into Kieran and greater understanding of his feelings about the relationship. I was reassured to find out that he didn’t feel used!

The premise of this story is fairly simple – Kieran, self-declared slut “Some people said that made me a slut. Hey, if the shoe fits… finally meets the man who breaks down his barriers, the man worth risking a relationship. Alex is a virgin in every sense of the word – he hasn’t kissed a girl or a boy and really has led a very sheltered existence.

“The manwhore and the virgin. Wow, this is crazy.”

Told from Kieran’s point of view, we see how Kieran educates Alex, taking him under his wing. I could appreciate how slowly Kieran moved, how considerate he was for Alex’s feelings, not wanting to rush him and wanting to make sure all his experiences were good ones. It was so obvious that Kieran had developed deep feelings for Alex, even if he couldn’t acknowledge it himself.

Some of Alex’s ‘education’ was quite amusing as Kieran explains the workings of dating and sex, taking him to sex shops and experimenting together. “I guess I always thought…um…toys were more for women.” “Depending on who you ask, the same could be said for cocks,” I said. “but as far as I’m concerned, what’s good for the goose…”. At other times it was just sweet and gentle.

The shift from sex to love is gradual. Kieran needs to address his fear of long-term relationships and the hurt that can be caused. He is also mindful that Alex hasn’t had a chance to experience more of the world, to date other people but luckily Alex is wiser “Maybe that’s why fate made me wait so long. So my first could be my only.”

There is definitely an extra star given for the totally romantic epilogue!

4 Stars

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