My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I like this story, though shifters aren’t my thing. It appeals to me because I really like the idea of becoming a bird and yet retaining the human side in order to remember the experience and think about being alive on those terms.
Hawk has been a shifter since before the Europeans came to the Americas, and he lives alone on forest preserve land. He owns a bar, and he has a hard and fast rule about not taking home any man more than three times, and never, ever, a blond.
There are other animal shifters in this community, as they all once belonged to the original Native American tribe, The People. There is more to their story in “Shadows in the Night,” and both these books comprise the Leap of Faith series at this point. The shifters are friends Hawk can count on and who also depend on him. Hawk doesn’t like to have anyone depend on him, because his history contains a story of his failure in that regard. Thus he lets no man close to his heart so he won’t end up being responsible for them and letting them down, letting them die. But he needs to find his mate, as his inner hawk totem nags—reminds him. I liked this bit of play between human and totem and shared consciousness.
Simon hates being called a twink, but he is cute and blond, a “toppy bottom” as Hawk eventually teases him. Though Hawk needs to change and grow in order to claim his mate, it’s Simon who changes the most, in my opinion. Both men have to reach beyond their ordinary lives and the ruts they’ve fallen into in order to be together and thrive together. Hawk carries the story, but I loved the scenes with Simon accepting the paranormal into his life and the change in him.