I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I have been a fan of Gail Carriger for at least the last seven years. I fell in love with her writing and quirky humor with Soulless, the first in The Parasol Protectorate series and from there it was all history!
Her world building and character development is on point and I love that she writes diverse stories. I have read a few of her LGBTQ novels and loved how beautifully she portrays romance between people, not just romance between man and woman—-or werewolf and a soulless.
I don’t read a ton of LGBTQ romances or novels for that matter, but I love Carriger’s ability to world build and create interesting romances so when this second book in the San Andreas Shifters series came up, I was happy to review it.
A werewolf walks into a bar.
Tank is working as a bouncer when he notices something odd about the new sexy-as-sin bartender. He’s odorless, he’s amazingly popular with shifters, and he’s terrified.
A man without a smell.
Isaac is trying to escape his past. He hides in San Francisco because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in the Bay Area.
Until one walks into his bar.
Can Tank figure out Isaac’s secrets in time to save him? And can Isaac forgive Tank for being a wolf in time to learn how to love?
New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you the next in her charming gay werewolves series.
The San Andreas Shifter books stand alone and do not have to be read in any particular order. But if you’re a stickler this book is preceded by Bryan & Max’s story, The Sumage Solution.
This book contains M/M sexy times, mild themes of dominance and submission, and horrible puns. If you get offended easily, then you probably will. San Andreas Shifter stories contain bad language, dirty deeds, and outright admiration for the San Francisco Bay Area. Not the faint of heart/mouth/tongue (summary from Goodreads).
So first of all, if you aren’t open minded or fans of LGBTQ romance, then you should look elsewhere. This is a gay romance novel and obviously isn’t for everyone, but as a straight married woman, I still found lots to love in this book. What sets Carriger apart from traditional writers is her ability to world build not just setting but romances and make you forget that you are reading something out of your traditional genre.
Now this book does contain some mildly graphic M/M content, but I didn’t think that it was anything that you wouldn’t get in a traditional romance novel, the only thing that’s different is the gender. So keep an open mind and I promise that you will love her characters and romances that are gay, straight, or otherwise!
The two characters in this book, Tank and Isaac, for me lacked some of the same chemistry that Max and Bryan from the first novel in this series. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them, I just didn’t connect to them in the same way as I did the other two. Their romance was still sweet, but for me it just wasn’t as intense as the first one in the series. The characters grow and develop nicely on their own but together the romance wasn’t as intense as I had hoped.
One thing that never waivers in any of her books—-the world she creates. I can easily get lost in her novels and let the world captivate me. This book is no exception. When it comes to supernatural characters, I tend to gravitate toward vampires—-werewolves aren’t usually my favorite. However, Carriger does such a great job at making them more than just hot headed beasts.
She creates this whole cult world that is seeped in werewolves and typical werewolf behavior, but yet the characters are so human and real that you almost forget that they are werewolves. I love this setting, and don’t even get me started on how much I love her humor—and of course I love the supernatural characters. I also love how fun it is seeing other favorites from previous books or series make cameos.
So for this book, I didn’t feel like it was a 3 star book because I thought the setting was so vivid and I enjoyed the characters a lot, but it wasn’t a 5 star for me either because the romance was a little off for me. So I had to go with a 4 star on this one. I am excited to read the next book in the series. If you haven’t discovered Carriger yet, I highly recommend any of her books. This series as well as some of her others, could stand alone if absolutely necessary…..but why would you want to miss all the fun cameos and nuances of reading a series?
- Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own
- Recommendation: 4 out of 5
- Genre: LGBTQ, romance, pararomance, supernatural
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