There were some interesting aspects of this box set and it seemed like it would have been a good bunch of stories but I was left with more frustration than anything else because of a few things. One - The author had decent skills in writing and no obvious errors but for what were essentially short stories there was a lot of words dedicated to details that were none essential, with an overabundance of description for taking a trip to get a cup of coffee, or every time someone steps outside there are pages and pages of detail of the street, the shops, the people, but honestly it adds nothing to the stories. Two - with all the detail on the most mundane of activities, there is very little real detail in the moments that matter. Frankly I think the stories would have been better with dual POVs as we only hear from the female (apart from 1 chapter in the whole box set) so there is a lot of internal questioning about what is happening with no real answers until the end of each story as the man comes clean about who he is and each story gives us very little ground on the background thread, as each reveal is about being a bear or a wolf and not about what is really happening in the town until the very end. Three - the action just never gets started, as over the stories there is this backstory that builds of the tension between the two groups (bears and wolves) with repeated references to them being "at war" and being worried about getting a mate while this is happening but then......nothing happens! There are no instances of violence between the groups (apart from a death years previous) only a whole bunch of intense staring and I got the impression things were happening outside of what the women were seeing but without another POV there is no detail on this. Three - when some action actually happens the reader gets to be apart of none of it, and with the build up over 6 books about a war, then in book 7 some clarity that there was another external force creating tension, then finally in book 8 the two groups have to get together to defeat the other force to reclaim their town the fact that as the reader I get to have no resolution on this! Instead the meeting where the wolves and bears join together the woman is upstairs hiding in another room so we only hear the howls of celebration when resolved with no idea about what the "evidence" is that the wolves bring to the table to prove they didn't commit the murder years previous, and then when they need to confront the evil it happens again! The woman are locked in a room while the men fight so we get a description of the sound effects and then the men coming to get the women all bloody and triumphant.
Overall this was a quick read and for the $1.35 it was ok enough that I finished it but this is definitely not a keeper and if you are looking for anything other then a bunch of short stories on people meeting and quick insta-love I wouldn't bother as the deeper story and any real connection to these characters and town was really missing for me.
Did not finish. Was skipping large chunks of the books as I couldn't connect well with characters. Very quick insta love and some discrepancies. Have shelved for now and I may try to read again at a later date. Advise to download sample first. Not sure why I couldn't connect with it. Had an interesting hook in the reason for the split between tne wolves and bears but I just didn't have the patience to wade through all the books for the snippets to solve it- but it is interesting. So due to this it's a 1 - 2 stars as I will read eventually but I feel that I will skip bits of the books and skim read it.
WOW ... This collection absolutely sizzles ... Samantha Leal has filled each story with love, danger, and nonstop action while perfectly blending intrigue and drama ... this is definitely a not to be missed series, guaranteed absolute hours of entertainment!!
if you are new to shifter genre's or already love the shifters, this series should not be missed. the lost creek shifters is a page turner with twists and thtills on each page. grab a copy and turn your phone off and lock your doors, you wont want any interuptions once you start reading.