Shifting Sands [Strength of the Pack 4] (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove)by Joy Lynn Fielding
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, HEA] The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he's ever seen. It doesn't take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce's bed. Bryce Reynolds believes there's no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce's prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn't do serious and he doesn't do commitment. As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what's happening between them, they're drawn into a political battle--one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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Though I've not read the previous books in this series it was easy to become immersed in this story as the characters are engaging and the action scenes fast-paced and heart-pounding. The Elk Ridge pack is in danger with a mystical Argent shifter among them and doing everything they can to stay safe....even if that means inviting the enemy into their safe haven. It's not only a mystery on a political level but a mystery of the heart for pack beta Bryce and the kindhearted political aide Tom who's reeling from being dumped for being boring. Theirs is a battle to put past hurts behind them, and stay one step ahead of those sent to kill them for the secrets they know, in order to reach their HEA. Tom is a truly good guy in the cesspool of Washington. He believes the best of everyone until it's too late in his work life and love life. He's then left with not only a broken heart but a target on his back that only Bryce can save him from. Tom is immediately drawn to Bryce's carefree nature and after being called boring by his ex he's ready to jump at the opportunity for fun Bryce offers him. Their casual relationship soon becomes something more that he's willing to embrace wholeheartedly but Bryce balks which puts their HEA in doubt. It's not until Tom's life is in danger that Bryce realizes how lucky he is by what fate gave him, but by then it might be too late. Bryce is the fun-loving one of the pack, the one that keeps them whole. He enjoys his casual hook-ups and doesn't want anything more, but fate has other plans. He's still has feelings for his best friend, and pack leader, as he was his first and their connection is still as strong though he's moved on to another. Bryce doesn't think he's capable of loving someone else but finds himself consumed by thoughts of Tom that have him putting his life on the line to save what he's thrown away. Bryce and Tom are cute together with their lingering glances and playful interactions. Sexual tension constantly surrounds them from the moment they meet which leads to some very steamy and sensual scenes. Though their love seems to evolve quickly it felt believable as their connection is richly depicted. The connection between them is fun and heartwarming and seeing the other members of the pack make for an even more endearing read as they're each protective of the other and don't hesitate to bring Tom into their fold. Though the importance of the Argent isn't quite clear and many of the pack are still a mystery this was still an entertaining read. This book can be read on its own but the connections between the pack members will be much clearer, and the overall storyline more rewarding, if the other installments are read first. Fans of the paranormal, and steamy man-lovin', will find this a satisfying read that leaves you wanting to know what comes next.