Book Reviews

Releasing the Shifter (Solitary Shifters 3) by Summer Devon

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-February-2018

Book Blurb

To save his love he must face his monster and-worse-be nice to people.

Montag is a monster. He doesn't know what sort of creature he would turn into if he ever let himself shift, but he knows it's something lethal. The one time he shifted, the sight broke up his parents’ marriage and Montag ended up banished to a small town in Wisconsin. Now a mechanic in that small town, he fights back the urge to shift every day of his life, and has never dared get close to anyone--not that they want him to. He can literally smell their fear. Of course that might be because of his side-job, occasionally acting as an enforcer for a small-time hood. 

Kevin's not scared of monsters. He works for the SSU, the agency in charge of tracking shifters--particularly the dangerous ones. When he and his young niece are kidnapped by her scum-bucket dad, he's grateful to be rescued by Montag, whose curmudgeonly defenses can't hide the kind man beneath. As they work together to protect Kevin's niece, attraction sizzles between them. But their relationship may not survive if Montag learns who writes Kevin's paycheck--or if Montag dares to confront the inner monster he hates and fears.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2015.

Book Review

It has been far too long since I sat down and enjoyed a Summer Devon novel. 'Releasing the Shifter' is the third book in her 'Solitary Shifters' series and I can say that you don't need to read the first two in order to read this one, but in my opinion, you would be missing out on two really wonderful stories. Since the author has a wonderful time hiding the type of shifter I will be meeting (some of the time, anyway) I was excited to read Montag and Kevin's story. Particularly since I got a firsthand look at Kevin's company in the previous installment, and I wasn't impressed.

Montag is exactly my kind of character. He's grumpy, surly, is used to everyone being afraid of him, has resigned himself to a life where no one ever touches him, not even casually, and is really a kind, good person under all of that. It's no wonder he's resigned himself to never shifting. The first time it happened he was six years old and it sent his parents into screaming matches with each other trying to lay blame, and his mother took off and left him with his dad. His dad was no piece of cake and left Montag when he was sixteen and had learned to control the need to shift. Montag got me right in the heartstrings.

Kevin confused me a bit in the beginning. I understood his love, mainly for his niece, Sassy, but also for his sister, and that's what put him in this position. I also understood that Sassy's dad and uncle are two seriously violent, drugged-up men, and it is up to Kevin to protect himself and his family. I just had a difficult time with the fact that he has no other opportunity to get help before Montag comes along? This doesn't mean I don't like Kevin. I do, very much, especially considering he helps Montag to see that he's not a monster. Of course, I totally fell for Kevin when the SSU showed up and he went all bureaucratic on their a**es!

'Releasing the Shifter' was a very exciting, drama filled story, and I really enjoyed it. Montag and Kevin were perfect together… at least, once they found their way. It turned out that Montag is a very dangerous type of shifter, and it took a lot of fancy footwork for Kevin to keep the SSU from finding that out. It was wonderful to see Colt again and I loved how much he helped Montag. Thank you, Summer!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 173 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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