Werewolves are real. Marius enjoys the irony that everyone calls him a dog whisperer, not just because he’s a werewolf, but for his work at the local animal shelter. He has a unique talent for pairing families with their perfect pets upon first meeting them. But he’s still looking for acceptance and a forever family of his own. Then Jack comes into the rescue looking for a big, mean dog. To prevent Jack from making the wrong choice, Marius convinces him to adopt a needy spaniel mix instead. But when Marius learns Jack is tormented by horrible memories while at his apartment, he opens his home to the sweet, scared man. As their relationship grows, Jack feels comfortable telling Marius about the horrors he suffered. Marius hopes his steady presence, protection, and love can help Jack reclaim the pieces of himself broken on that terrible night.
I really liked this book and I absolutely adored Marius. Marius is the sexy, sweet, dependable, and kind werewolf who runs an animal rescue shelter. He has a great group of friends, the community (most of them anyway) loves him and he has a gift of making people feel good and pairing them with the perfect pet.
Jack wanders into his pet store one day looking for a dog. The man is quiet seems odd but all is not what it appears to be with Jack, Marius feels it. Jack doesn’t adopt right then but when he returns, Marius is determined to pair him with the pet that is best for him, a traumatized spaniel. Something about Marius allows Jack to trust him enough to open up a little to get to know him.
Marius knows that something is wrong, terribly wrong with Jack but he just can’t figure out what it is. Marius inadvertently discovers the horror that Jack endured in his apartment. He finally understands and does everything in his power to heal Jack, rescue him from the pain and terror of what happened to him.
This book was heartbreaking in to read. You’re able to piece together what happened to Jack with the pieces of information provided. I think that the author’s made a wise decision not to describe what happened to Jack in detail. Marius was patient and sweet and kind and understanding with Jack and that made me love Marius’s character that much more.
This book has a low heat index but was appropriate due to the circumstances surrounding what happened to Jack. These men are right for each other, no doubt about that but I really would’ve liked to read about Jack seeking outside help as well in the form of therapy. Jack has come a long way but still has quite a way to go and I think that outside professional help would help him heal even more.
The best thing about this story is that the author didn’t give the readers a HEA ending that would’ve felt forced and unrealistic considering what happened to Jack. The HFN ending she left us with was quite appropriate and you were left with a sense of hope for them both.