Book Reviews

A Very Shaney Valentine's Day (Lost Shifters 17) by Stephani Hecht at C&J Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-August-2018

Book Blurb

Valentines, shmalatines…just give Shane somebody to kill, or at the very least punch around a little bit.

Shane is known for killing, maiming and causing fear. He sure as hell isn’t known for being sappy or sentimental. So when Valentine’s Day rolls around, he finds himself at a loss as to what to get Trevor. Shane knows that a simple box of chocolates or roses could do the trick, but not with a mate who’s as great as Trevor.

When Shane finds himself distracted from his task when Riley is in need of help, Shane stumbles upon the perfect solution in the last place he thought possible. Will Trevor like his gift, or is Shane going to blow what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year?

Note: A portion of the author’s proceeds from this book will be going to the Ruth Ellis Center, a Detroit based organization aimed at helping homeless LGBT youth.

First edition published by eXtasy Books, February 2012.

Book Review

It boggles my mind that I missed reading this story when it was first published so I’m very happy I caught that error for this second edition. I mean, I read all of the books in this series (or so I believed) and to have missed one – and that one being about Shane, no less – had me in a wee panic. Shane has always, and will always, be my favorite character of the Coalition and I was excited to jump into this holiday (Valentine’s Day at that!) novella.

Yep, I do adore Shane. It’s the heart he shows so rarely beneath his badass, grim assassin front, that makes me melt for him. He visits Riley in the infirmary where Colin has brought his mate worried that Riley is talking about a Spider no one has seen is just another symptom of Riley’s mental health issues. Shane believes differently so he whisks Riley out of sickbay with the help of the two new Hawk twins, Ackley and Tatum, who cause an awesome diversion, and Shane meets Baxley, a very small shifter whose family threw him away and he’s been hiding out in a Coalition closet. (I would love to visit that building!)

“A slight whisper of movement was Shane’s only warning before the air began to literally rain with Jackals in human form. Ducking, Shane glanced up and saw that they were jumping down from the second floor landing. What. The. Fuck? Did they think that they were in some cheesy action flick or something? That’s what Shane hated about amateurs, they never realized that the best move was to go in, get a nice, quick, easy kill and leave. There was no need for drama or acrobatics.”

Baxley tells Shane about an assassin training compound that humans hit and the little girl left behind who won’t be able to protect herself when scavengers come calling. With Riley, Tatum, and Ackley’s help, Shane rescues Ava, a six-year-old little leopard shifter girl whose parents were murdered and she has been kept as a slave training to be an assassin. The instant Shane meets her his heart melts and he knows he and Trevor will care for her, and love her, for the rest of her life. He doesn’t need to worry about candy or flowers, he has the best gift for Trevor!

This was such a great installment and it was wonderful to see how Ava came to be a part of Shane and Trevor’s family. I really can’t get enough of this shifter world and I’m looking forward to reading a few more I think I might have missed *gasp*.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 44 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-August-2017
Price $1.99 ebook
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