Author Name: Parker Williams
Book Name: Scent of the Heart
Series: Shifting Needs
Publisher: Parker Williams
Series should be read in order
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Pages or Words: Approximately 69,000 words Cover Artist: Laura Harner Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance, Paranormal, Bisexual, Fiction, Gay Fiction, New Adult
Casey Scott grew up being told he’d never amount to anything, and despite the unwavering love and support from his best friend, Jake, the idea sticks in the back of Casey’s mind. When he discovers he has a unique destiny in an enclave where shifters and humans live together, he seizes the chance, wanting for once in his life to be someone special.
Tsvetok Yerokhin lost his parents to the evil ruler of the enclave when he was a boy. The responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers nearly overwhelmed him and self-doubt took over. When the new Alpha and his Protector arrive in time to save his life, Sev is grateful, but he’s even more shocked when he scents his mate with them.
Casey isn’t prepared for the feelings that sweep over him when he meets Sev, but he refuses to act on them because he’s straight. Still, there is something so alluring about Sev that Casey can’t help being drawn to him.
As the two explore the edges of their new discovery, an evil returns, determined to control the enclave or destroy it. The Alpha and Protector are powerless to stop it, but Casey holds the key to victory. If he can discover what it is, he has a chance to save them all. To be the hero.
Unfortunately, the hero has to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for Casey thatmeans losing his heart.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Scent of the Heart is the second installment to the Shifting Needs series. The first book read like a normal shape-shifter story that soon turned into an adventure neither the readers nor the characters expected. This second book just entered into the high-fantasy with a dash of Native American Indian spirit guides.
For those of you who read the first book, the ending was quite dramatic and unexpected. Before the actual ending, there was the skunk who sprayed Casey, Jake and Zak, the Protector and the Alpha. That was hilarious. However, the death of the shaman left Casey in a quandary for although he had the gift, he needed a mentor to guide his education and make full use of his innate knowledge. Then the shaman appeared in his dreams and he had bad news. This is where Casey soon learns that the spirit world held more answers than he realized.
Sev is a skunk shifter and he became his family's sole support after his parents left him and his two younger brothers orphaned and sent outside the protection of the enclave. This was the time when the then alpha and his enforcer abused the peoples of the enclave and sought the death of Jake and Zak. Sev's confidence bore the brunt of the abuse so he never expected to find the new shaman, Casey, as his mate.
One complication: neither Sev nor Casey are gay.
The two men try to work it out but a lot of angst and self-doubt make things difficult. They tried and they do succeed. But what should have been a happy ever after turned chaotic and dangerous. There is an evil reaching out from the other side and it seems as though Casey is the only one who could stop it.
Question: how could Casey defeat a dark and powerful evil from the spirit world with only a skunk at his side?
As I said, this has turned high fantasy. It is an unexpected turn and it makes the read a little difficult to follow. It will confuse those who have no inkling of what spirit guides are. It will confound those who never read the first book. So a bit of warning: this book is the second installment to an ONGOING saga involving the peoples of the enclave.
This book opened a lot of doors leading to the unknown. This world is very mysterious and the powers from both physical and spiritual worlds can augment or destroy the people. The revelations of the roles of each character slowly become more concrete. The ending, once more, gives us readers a glimpse of what new mysteries this world has to offer.
Note: again, the ending. The ending is killing me.
Parker Williams was kind enough to volunteer to be a bloggerpoppa for the day. How could we refuse? He's a great guy. Right?
I was in the kitchen (as usual) when he replied and I was making tacos. I had beer, the works. So I sent him questions on how he would like his tacos. The bold, red text were the questions I sent him. He replied with something naughty and nice, but definitely spicy.
Tacos! Parker. Tacos!
The men are nice, though. I got my eye candy.
Tour Dates & Stops: June 15 – 19, 2015
Rafflecopter Prize: $25 gift card and a skunk Beanie Baby
About the Author
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together. Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthor