As always, there might be spoilers.
Terra is shiftless --- a werewolf uncomfortable in her own animal skin.
A decade after learning to squash her wolf and flee the repressive village where she grew up, the packless ache still gnaws at Terra's insides. But despite her yearnings, she struggles against being reeled back into her old life.
To Terra's dismay, her father and half a dozen of his henchmen finally ambush her and demand her return. Yet they do offer one way out --- hunt down her nephew Keith, teach him to shift, and bring the youngster back into the fold in her place.
Problem upon problem piles up as Terra strives to do her father's bidding. The female shifter has hidden from her wolf for so long that she finds herself unable to change back into canine form, and she also realizes that her nephew is too good-natured to survive for a minute walking in his grandfather's footsteps. Plus, there's an alpha standing in her way who's equal parts enticing and terrifying.
Will Terra be able to relearn her werewolf abilities --- and overcome her morals --- before her father steals away her hard-earned independence? And as that tantalizing alpha reels her in closer and closer, the question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?
As far as shifter books go, this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great either. Only a few weeks after reading, I had to look up the main character’s name because I had forgotten it. It was a quick, enjoyable read that took my mind off my troubles for a while, but not enough that I have any need to read the other books in the series.
Easterling went with the usual alpha wolf bad theme, injecting a ragtag bunch of “anti-establishment” style shifters in Wolfie’s pack to combat them. Terra’s father, a stereotypical alpha father, is about as brutal as any can be. Yet, I rolled my eyes several times because, frankly, if I were Terra, I would have shot the man before I turned twenty.
I found Terra’s inner struggle with the wolf to be unreliable, in part, because the issue came and went without explanation. At one point, the wolf and human seemed to coincide just fine. Then in the next chapter, she couldn’t hear the wolf, then in the next chapter, the wolf was taking over. It felt a bit all over the place with no real foundational explanation (ie: what triggers the issue, why only sometimes, etc.) for my enjoyment.
For me, if I am not drawn into a book by the end of chapter one, it’s a DNR. I’m no quitter, but there are too many outstanding books out there for me to waste my time on one I don’t like. That said, I did finish Shiftless without skimming any chapters. Take from that what you will…
Favorite Character: Wolfie in wolf form, Terra’s nephew (once again, my favorites are the ones who offer comedic relief)
Least Favorite Character: Terra’s entire pack
Bad Language: minimal if any (I honestly cannot remember, so it was probably low or clean)
Graphic Violence: minimal, typical wolf violence
Heat rating: medium, a few make-out scenes and insinuations