Title: Geek in the Woods
Major construction disrupts more than Ray Hooker’s life; it rattles his small town with a secret.
As sexy genius Eric Ridgeway continues building his state-of-the-art think tank, the town’s shifter population is terrified their identities will be uncovered by the group of incoming scientists. When fear drives vandals to slow construction, Ray helps Eric defend his property. Their relationship heats up and, in order to protect Eric, Ray reveals that he’s a bear shifter.
Now, not only is his secret out of the bag, but Ray needs to decide if loving Eric is worth the risk of discovery by other scientists. None of that will matter if their newfound attraction can’t outlast fear, lies and distrust!
Author: Cheryl Dragon
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Tied to the Billionaire, Defying the Moon, Runaway Cowgirl, The Angel Wears Prada
Series: Geeks In Nature
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: 13 April, 2014
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, M/M Erotica
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So, I like Cheryl Dragon’s writing: quirky characters, usually with a relevant ‘mission’ or life goal, and she uses the small town feel to great effect: having spent much time in a small town, I see many of her “everybody knows who you are and you don’t belong’ sort of attitude.
In the first of her new Geeks in Nature series, we meet Eric, a wealthy son of a prominent politician, Eric was given control of his money early, to pursue his own interests far from his family. Eric’s passion is the environment, and finding a way to have corporate interests do ‘good’ for the environment even if they don’t necessarily understand that they are doing it.
With this in mind, he decides to settle in Bear Cove, Maine: a small and rather remote area that is rather protective of their town and residents. The acreage that Eric has purchased to locate his think tank is investigated by Ray, owner of the local hardware store and general protector of his town. And did I mention this is a town full of Bear Shifters?
Eric and Ray are instantly attracted, but both are particularly snarky and verbally combative, neither quite confident in the other’s agenda or purpose. Yet their chemistry is off the charts hot to each of them, and leads to several steamy sexy encounters.
I liked but didn’t love these characters: they both seemed to need some flushing out and emotive description rather than being told that they think, feel, did sort of thing. Eric claims to be naïve and shy, unable to flirt and too transparent, but a life with a professional politico must have rubbed off as he is also very savvy and canny, and far better at hiding his reactions than he admits to.
The town’s history and interrelationships of the townsfolk is a bit passed through quickly, but we aren’t given more than a brief survey of some of the characters and their relationship and interactions with Ray and Eric. There were several moments when something happened, and if felt as if we were rushed into the explanation in a “we did this and that” sort of way, only to focus on the next issue / interaction. I’m expecting, and hoping that these issues are just indicative of the first in a series, and will be resolved and characters develop and grow as the story moves forward.
A light, non-angsty read with plenty of fast paced action and a relationship that is far less insta-love and much more insta-lust are highlights in this new release.