Book Reviews

Taming the Bander (Solitary Shifters 1) by Summer Devon

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-February-2018

Book Blurb

Jake values his solitary life but he didn’t count on Vaughn, who’s made it his goal to pursue and tame the bander.

Jake Bander is a bander, a type of shifter and a notoriously taciturn loner. As a boy, he was rescued by a man who ran an animal rescue preserve and now Jake runs the place. He’s content keeping his secret, and accepts the truth: he’ll always be alone. 

Vaughn Prentiss is a trust-fund baby--exactly the sort of summer visitor who gets on Jake’s last nerve. Vaughn is only slightly shaken in his unruffled existence after an encounter with Jake, the cranky loner he’s undeniably attracted to. 
Happy-go-lucky, rambling Vaughn plans to stay with his cousin at her beach house for a short time but his plans change forever when his cousin’s husband leaves the country with the family fortune.  

When Jake offers the newly-poor Vaughn a job he immediately regrets his decision because he has trouble keeping his paws off his newest employee. To protect his shifter privacy, he needs Vaughn gone. And to help the man he’s learning to admire, Jake takes on the job of tracking the lost fortune and danger.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2013.

Book Review

The idea of a gruff, very unusual shifter - I mean, what is a bander anyway? - intrigued me from the beginning. The concept that he runs an animal sanctuary was the next thing that appealed to me. The final piece that caught my eye was the "pretty boy". I kept getting this mental picture of Park Avenue meets Duck Dynasty, although I was really hoping it wouldn't be that disparate. *grins*

Vaughn is a trust fund baby. He inherited his millions and pretty much lives life however he pleases. Every once in awhile, like now, he feels as if perhaps he's just floating along and there must be more to life. Unfortunately, it looks like he got what he asked for, even if he didn't know he wanted. He's visiting at his cousin's summer house when they discover her soon-to-be-ex husband made off with her money and Vaughn's which the husband had been managing. Now Vaughn is in a position of having to get rid of a lot of family heirlooms in order to pay off his bills. He also jumps at the chance to work for the strange, but compelling, Jake at the Ark sanctuary.

Jake is a bander. And, no, I'm not about to tell you what that is. Suffice it to say, it's pretty darn interesting. Jake is working hard at being a grumpy curmudgeon. Seems to be working, too, since most people stay away from him, except the kids who come and volunteer at the sanctuary. Jake doesn't like rich, pretty boys, as he's been burned in the past, but something about Vaughn calls to him.

The unfolding of Jake and Vaughn's friendship and romance is a sight to see. Jake barely says twenty words all day and Vaughn just keeps chatting away trying to get a rise out of him, pun intended. Of course, the "camaraderie" can't last very long and Vaughn tells Jake he'll stay away. For you see, Vaughn is afraid of losing his heart to a man who is unable to care for him back, or so he thinks. Jake doesn't know what to do and then Vaughn's cousin steps in threatening to tell about banders, as she's done some research and spoken to the locals, unless Jake helps her get her money back. Now, of course, Jake believes Vaughn told her his secret, not trusting that Vaughn would do as he said. Now there's trouble coming on!

This was a very interesting story. I was drawn more to Jake, I guess, because I like the gruff exterior with the warm gooey inside. Vaughn was a surprise because he didn't come off as a spoiled trust fund baby. The only thing that could have made the story better would have been a little more background history on both of these men as, for me, I could have related to them a little better. Overall this was a fun and different shifter story with enough mystery to keep me entertained.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 208 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-March-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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