Book Reviews

The Changing Years by Amber Kell

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-August-2017

Book Blurb

The most important show of strength is to embrace one’s true nature.

The death of his ex-wife grants Shaun McKellan custody of his only child, and the chance to know his son after years of separation. Now a full-time father, Shaun thinks his life is finally complete...then he meets the Alpha running the town where his son attends school.

Grant Thornlin has always resisted the temptation of other men. As the Alpha, he must be strong and give his pack the impression he has invincible power. Falling for a blond, blue-eyed artist with a half-shifter son has bad idea written all over it.

How can Shaun show Grant that loving another man doesn’t have to affect his position as Alpha?

First Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks under the title 'The Changing Years (Out For You)', 2015.

Book Review

With an interesting variation on shifter lore, this is the story of Shaun - a human father who finally gets custody of his half-werewolf son, only to find himself at the center of attention of a most gorgeous male specimen – Grant, the area’s pack alpha who “can’t be gay” because he’d lose it all if he admitted to being interested in Shaun. I fell in love with the characters right from the start, and while I wanted to shake Grant more than once (he needed to wake up to reality big time), Shaun was almost too perfect for his own good. The focus of this story is firmly on both men, Shaun’s son, and a few pack members who begin to play a role in their lives as they struggle through their issues.
Shaun is just such a great guy. He is dedicated to his son, Kyle, and clearly heartbroken that he went away when his mother found her true mate. All the nonsense about Shaun having to stay away so he wouldn’t bond with his son really got in my nerves. But Shaun wanted to do the right thing for his son – and at least the mother wasn’t cruel and kept Shaun in Kyle’s life – always at a distance. Well, all of that is over, and Shaun finally gets to be the hands-on father he’s always wanted  to be – with a hormonal teenage half-wolf on his hands. I loved how he handled the problems that came up!

Grant, alpha or not, is an idiot. Sorry, but he’s old enough to know better. On the other hand, being around three hundred also means he comes from a time when being gay wasn’t even accepted by humans, and werewolves (in this world) are even more “traditional” – not to say backward. Nevertheless, he should have moved with the times. Instead, Shaun has to drag him, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. It’s a good thing Grant’s beta has more sense than Grant himself and adds his two cents. Once Grant gets the picture I liked him a lot better.

If you like stories about werewolves who are quite firmly in the closet, if you want to know more about how a human deals with a half-wolf teenage son, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, touching, and full of sexual tension (not to mention hot action), then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 39 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-January-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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