Shiftless by Aimee Easterling Book Summary
Terra is shiftless --- a werewolf uncomfortable in her own animal skin.
A decade after learning to squash her wolf and flee the repressive village where she grew up, the packless ache still gnaws at Terra's insides. But despite her yearnings, she struggles against being reeled back into her old life.
To Terra's dismay, her father and half a dozen of his henchmen finally ambush her and demand her return. Yet they do offer one way out --- hunt down her nephew Keith, teach him to shift, and bring the youngster back into the fold in her place.
Problem upon problem piles up as Terra strives to do her father's bidding. The female shifter has hidden from her wolf for so long that she finds herself unable to change back into canine form, and she also realizes that her nephew is too good-natured to survive for a minute walking in his grandfather's footsteps. Plus, there's an alpha standing in her way who's equal parts enticing and terrifying.
Will Terra be able to relearn her werewolf abilities --- and overcome her morals --- before her father steals away her hard-earned independence? And as that tantalizing alpha reels her in closer and closer, the question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?
Don't miss the first book in a series that has been described as a "good choice for Patricia Briggs fans."
Wolf Rampant trilogy:
2. Pack Princess
3. Alpha Ascendant
Shiftless by Aimee Easterling Book Reviews
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For a book with a female protagonist and female author, I wasn’t expecting it to be so sexist against women. Female werewolves are innately weaker because their hormones make them unable to control their shifting well? Seriously? I only got through three chapters (17% of the book), so I don’t know what she was going to do with it. There was at least an indication that practice could improve things. But saying that “with 20/20 hindsight, I now wished I’d put up with the status quo… and turn[ed] into a baby machine” was too much for me.
I purchased this e-book in 2014 and thought it was a wonderful “coming into her own” story about a female werewolf trying to live out in the world away from the restrictive patriarchal pack of her childhood. The story is well-written and flows smoothly. It combines romance, adventure, and a host of likeable characters with a suspenseful plot that captures the imagination until the very end. Recently, I was offered the chance to listen to the audio version of the story and happily accepted remembering how enjoyable I had found the story the first time. The narrator, Kelly McCall Fumo, gives an outstanding performance bringing the characters to life. Some narrators choose to distinguish various characters with the use of different inflections, tones, or accents. Ms. Fumo chose to simply read the story in her own soothing voice but still, somehow, managed to keep the various characters separate. I appreciated the natural pace of her reading as I have found some narrators tend to read very slowly. The bottom line is that the author gives us a delightful story and the narrator brings it to life beautifully. The story can be enjoyed by young or more mature adults as there is no foul language, no graphic violence, and no explicit sex scenes. I have no reservation about recommending this book/audiobook to anyone who enjoys romantic urban fantasy at its finest.
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