Title: Chuffed by Tia Fielding
Series: Finnshifters #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published June 6th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 124 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Mikael Jarvela may only be a half shifter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be alpha of the eastern Finland farm-turned-sanctuary his father founded. Six wolves, a red fox, a black jaguar, and a lynx all think of him as the head of the family. But Mikael doesn’t have anyone to call his own until he comes across an injured Siberian tiger in the woods.
From the moment the animal recovers and Mikael and Maxim meet face to human face, the attraction between them is undeniable. They strike up a tentative relationship, but they’re both proud men, and their egos keep getting in the way. Just when it looks like their romance is doomed, an outside threat to the family—to Mikael—forces Maxim to choose between the life of solitude he knows and the love and companionship that could be his if he stays.
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3.5 stars rounded to 3
The story starts off with an introduction about Mikael and his pack. He's a half shifter and the alpha of a small farm. The story delves into how he runs the farm and people respecting him as a alpha even though he cannot shift. No one knows his exact animal excerpt that it's some sort of a cat. He picks up an injured tiger on his lands and offers food and shelter. Things are rosy until a newcomer arrives at the farm intent to overthrow Mikael's control of the farm and takeover.
I love the shifter dynamics and the twist on shifter life. No one knows Mikael's animal because only shifters with the same animals can sense each other and Mikael's animal is rare. I like Mikael's personality and his straightforwardness. He inherits the farm and runs it well. He tries his best and his heart is always in the right place.
Max, on the other hand, is more of a loner and likes seclusion. It's difficult to see how he fits into the farm and shifter dynamics. At the end of the book, Max mends some bridges with pack members and begins to see them as family. It's not explained why Max is attracted to Mikael when Max is in his animal form, injured. The story hints that it's because they have the same animal and Max can sense the familiarity. There is no concept of mate bonds in this shifter universe.
I enjoyed the HEA ending. It is well deserved for the characters and I can feel the triumph and budding relationship between Mikael and Max. Max is starting to open up to Mikael and accept the farm as his home. The ending is sweet and satisfying to read.
I really enjoyed reading the story. It has everything a shifter fan likes and still brings a little something new into the story.
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