2 Stars, Jace Payne, Loose Id, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Jennifer

Review: Shifter by Jace Payne

Title: Shifter (Dark South: Book One)

Author: Jace Payne

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 183 Pages

Pages at a Glance: A lot of sex, an interesting plot, but the pacing was off.

Blurb: Kayden Garrett’s ready to head home to Georgia, after four long years in Boston attending university. An unexpected fight with an abusive lover leaves him battered—and cursed, into becoming a werewolf. Immediately after leaving the plane, he’s introduced to a man, Paul, who makes his former flame dwindle in the dark. Their connection is instant and explosive. The two can’t explain the attraction to each other, but don’t waste time trying to figure it out.

Between struggling with being a werewolf, and getting in with a local pack, Kayden has to acclimate to being with someone who treats him as an equal, instead of a possession. And all their progress comes to a halt when a dark figure from Paul’s past resurfaces, threatening their newfound love, and their very existence.

Going home isn’t always easy—but for Kayden, the experience is a true test of his strength, his ability to adapt to the shifter world he’s been thrown into, his need to protect his family and friends, and his overwhelming desire to be loved.


Review: Shifters of all kinds fascinate me. Their world is usually so dark and violent, and this book adds another entry to that dark and violent world. Kayden is made a shifter after a lover attacks him, and when his friend shows up to save him, his entire world is turned upside down.

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Kayden initially intrigued me, as did his relationship with Paul. It’s – as the blurb says – instant and explosive. Their sex is rough and hot, and there were some humorous one-liners sprinkled throughout the book that kept me chuckling, especially on the last page.

However, the book just didn’t do it for me in the end. I felt the pacing was off. Some things happen too quickly, such as when Michael shows up at the end. I literally sat up, excited, ready to see a huge knockdown, drag out fight between two werewolves. I turned the page to the next chapter…and it was over. No fight. That was disappointing. Sure, everyone took turns beating on him once he was tied up, but the actual fight didn’t happen.

There was also confusion for me with regards to Paul’s son. He’s a completely different type of shifter than everyone else, and that’s not brought up at all. Paul gawks at him but then doesn’t question it. Granted other things are happening, but they never do get back around to it.

Also, many characters conveniently popped up just when they were needed, either as a return from nowhere or newly introduced, Alastair being one of them. He is pretty awesome, though. But then there was Ronnie, riding to the rescue.

So, in the end, was the book hot? Yes. If you want some rough sex between shifters, and some threesomes and foursomes. Were the characters interesting? Yes. I did like them and I did want to know and see more, but I was rushed past things. Would I pick up the next book in this series? For me, probably not.


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