Werewolves are real. Marius enjoys the irony that everyone calls him a dog whisperer, not just because he's a werewolf, but for his work at the local animal shelter.
He has a unique talent for pairing families with their perfect pets upon first meeting them. But he's still looking for acceptance and a forever family of his own.
Then Jack comes into the rescue looking for a big, mean dog. To prevent Jack from making the wrong choice, Marius convinces him to adopt a needy spaniel mix instead. But when Marius learns Jack is tormented by horrible memories while at his apartment, he opens his home to the sweet, scared man.
As their relationship grows, Jack feels comfortable telling Marius about the horrors he suffered. Marius hopes his steady presence, protection, and love can help Jack reclaim the pieces of himself broken on that terrible night.
©2014 Caitlin Ricci (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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The way Stevens told Jack's story, the voice he gave him was so fragile and endearing, just like the character.
When One Door Opens by JD Ruskin. The male leads in both stories are very similar.
I have, several in fact. I like the youth he exudes in his voice.
Why mess with perfection?
Marius is a werewolf in a society where shifters have come out into the open. He runs a shelter for throwaway animals, those that are older, abused or otherwise unwanted. Marius uses his talent as a shifter to partner up animals and owners and he’s pretty good at his job. Now if he could just find a partner for himself.
Jack is in a constant downward spiral, afraid of his own shadow after he was violated in the worst possible way, in his own home, just for answering the door. He comes to the shelter looking for a BIG dog, but Marius can sense the fear and knows immediately that what Jack thinks he wants and what he actually needs, are not the same thing.
Patience is a virtue that Marius carries in abundance. He slowly pulls back the layers that Jack hides beneath and learns the horrible truth about what happened to him. And Jack opens up a little more every day as he comes to realize just how kind and gentle Marius is. But there is still the fear that is engrained in Jack’s psyche. What if he can never be comfortable being touched again?
I was drawn into this story from the start with the big, sexy, gentle giant shifter who refuses to be in the closet. He’s a werewolf in a society that doesn’t fully accept his kind and he’s gay, and he wears them both like a badge. And then there was young Jack, so painfully withdrawn because of what happened to him. He doesn’t speak after his screams for them to stop went unanswered. Just the thought of being touched sends him into a full blown panic attack. He retreats from the sound of crickets. So there was just a little bit of predictability as to exactly what they were going to be for each other. Still, I was completely engrossed in this story. Very well written and conveyed.
And the narration was spot on let me say. Tyler Stevens had this confident and understanding tone to his voice when reading Marius, but then he was timid and shy when reading Jack. And when Jack was remembering what happened to him, or telling Marius his story, you could feel the pain in Steven’s voice. Marius’s brother creeped me out though, Stevens made him sound like a serial killer.
Here is my big issue with this story, the ending. Throughout the entire book everything was slow and steady and perfectly timed out. Lots of attention to detail as the relationship between Marius and Jack developed. And then the ending was so abrupt, no details no elaboration, nothing. That was a bit of a letdown. But overall I really enjoyed this audio. Anyone that likes paranormal romance will enjoy it as well.
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