Frances Reviews: Feral by Kate Sherwood (Shelter Book 1)

Noah Reed has his life planned out. There was that one glitch, years ago, but he’s back on track now and determined to reach his goal of becoming a veterinarian and building his own practice.

Shane Black’s hard life has taught him there’s no point in looking forward and even less in looking back. He takes life as it comes, and his only real need is medical care for his young pup, Dodger.

When Shane stumbles into the clinic where Noah volunteers, Noah’s instincts tell him to run away from the dangerous, unpredictable ruffian. But the puppy needs help, and maybe Shane does, too.

The young men soon discover that Dodger was poisoned, and so were several street people Shane knows. As they search for the source of the poison, Noah learns about the dark underside of the city where he’s spent his whole life, and Shane learns that there is light in the world, even when he’s stuck in the shadows.

But when their relationship begins to grow from a partnership to a romance, new challenges appear. Their worlds are so different—can they ever make sense together? Is there any room in Noah’s carefully planned life for someone as unpredictable as Shane?

Leave it to Kate Sherwood to have me fall in love with the homeless “thug” in Feral. Shane Black is living on the streets and has rushed a puppy he’s adopted to a local vet. The puppy, Dodger, has eaten poison and is close to death. Any person who puts an animal before himself is a good person in my book. Noah Reed is volunteering at the vet and is there to assist the doctor in treating Dodger. Noah finds himself easily distracted by the quiet and reserved dog owner. Luckily for Shane, Dr. Anderson sees more in Shane and gives him an opportunity for a better life. This opportunity, however, has him spending a lot of time with Noah as they look for ways to help the other homeless people in the neighborhood. The story has an interesting twist because it is part young love story and murder mystery. To forewarn my fellow mm fans, there is no sex in this story. In fact, it takes quite a while before there is any real romance. I’m hoping it is because their relationship will continue in future stories. I appreciated the fact that Noah and Shane don’t rush into bed, but the story ended too quickly for me. I’ve loved most everything written by Kate Sherwood. She takes the broken down and battered and allows the reader to see there is so much more to a person. I would have liked a little more length and romance to this story, but look forward to the next installment in the series.
Three and a half

About Kate:
Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

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