April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons and it’s a battle she may not win.
Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he’s expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he’s about to discover why. When Reno is reintroduced to a family friend, the attraction is immediate. April captivates him with her secretive eyes and resilient spirit. She’s also in trouble, and despite the fact she’s a human, Reno can’t turn his back on her.
April is caught between two worlds: One that threatens to bury her dreams and another that could fulfill them. Can she trust the wolf at her door and find the courage to overcome her demons?
Six Months follows April and Reno, and with all of April’s problems, I kept wishing she would do the smart thing and tell her close friends what was going on with her.
My Six Months review:
Six Months definitely had big shoes to fill, because I have truly loved all of Ms. Dark’s other stories, and Seven Years was actually one of my favourite books of 2013. If you say gritty UF / Paranormal romance, I will say ‘yes please, pretty please, with sugar on top!’ And I really enjoy the shifters and the whole universe that is part of both the Seven series and the Mageri series. Alexis was present in Six Months as well, and her character development has been truly amazing! The wolves were also very good in this story, and I think the only character I had trouble with was April. On paper, she is a smart enough girl, she has a degree in business, and she mostly has good sense. However, when it came to her late grand-mother’s debts, she showed no critical thinking whatsoever! While I could understand that she was ashamed, both because she still lived in a trailer, and because most of her salary went towards paying off loan-sharks, I kept yelling at my kindle for April to just talk to at least one of her friends to let them know what was going on.
The overall story in Six Months is good, and the writing is very well done. First mostly in first person point of view from April’s perspective, with some third person point of view to show the readers what other characters were doing away from her worked really well, as did the past tense. There is quite a lot of mystery interspersed with the romance and the overall story arch. Part of that mystery came from April’s omissions, though, and I think this frustrated me a little as well. In the beginning, it did make sense for April to not share her personal life with Lexi, but they were friends as well as colleagues, and April really pushed things very far, up to the point where she was doing more than hiding her secrets.
I really enjoyed Reno, he is a strong character, with a wolf who enjoys being on the prowl. And while he was responsible, a hard worker and mostly reliable, he let his wolf take charge quite often! And the way April interacted with his wolf while thinking he was a dog really made me soften towards her. The way she reacted when she found out about shifters was well done, too, she took that in stride, once she got over the initial shock. Also the banter between Reno and his brothers was delightful, even if they got on each other’s nerves every now and then.
I am hopeful that I’ll enjoy April more in the future stories in the Seven series, and I can’t wait to read Five Weeks. Usually, Ms. Dark manages to sweep me off my feet and bring me completely into her amazing stories.
Some of my favourite Six Months quotes:
It didn’t work lime human investigations where evidence was gathered and they’d have a trial. Reno was a Shifter, and that meant he roughed men up in order to set them straight.
I respected men who knew how to take charge, although I’d never known one outside of a paperback novel. Maybe they didn’t exist.
I laughed and put my feet up on the sofa. “I have a new friend living with me temporarily, and I don’t know if he’s going to like you very much.”