Author: J. Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.
A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.
While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.
It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.
This story certainly was something different. It’s paranormal for sure, but also didn’t go into too many clichés you would see with other books. Their “animal” halves do not control them, they are a part of them.
One thing I found entertaining was the main character, Donnie, acting like a hyper twenty something by running headlong into situations without concern for the consequences. He’s obsessed with William, who he figures is a shifter, but not sure what type. William has a couple of unsavoury fellows asking around for him. Donnie gets all freaked out his “crush” is in trouble and just has to do something to warn him! William does tell Donnie more than once to leave it alone, he’s taking care of things.
Donnie does have a flair for baking and dreams about going to pastry school, but can’t afford it. He also loves his family, even though they don’t understand why he’d rather work in a coffee house than go work in the oil fields with them. Unfortunately, his family gets caught up with the people on the hunt for William.
The final confrontation takes place with Donnie’s co-ordination of various shifter groups. The guys hunting for William are not shifters, so this gives Donnie’s friends a fighting chance. There were a couple of unusual shifter types that I would have never thought of in the rag tag team.
I felt the chemistry between William and Donnie was well done. They certainly complemented each other. William being the strong silent type and Donnie being the overactive hyper one. Overall I enjoyed this read. This is a HEA book.