Series: Midnight Liaisons #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 30 October 2012
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter is a sweet romance that tugs at the heartstrings. The first in the series, Beauty Dates the Beast, had a quite a few structural problems but many of them have been resolved this time round. We pick up where we left off in book 1. Timid werewolf Sara has been claimed by a werewolf pack and as female werewolves are rare, the men want to pounce on her like raw meat. Sara decides to be a martyr and volunteer to trade herself for Beau’s cousin. The only way to save her from actually having to go through with it all and still get the girl back is presenting someone with a prior claim, namely were-bear Ramsey.
Without her sister mollycoddling her, Sara comes to life. She was forcibly bitten by an abusive ex-boyfriend and has never learned to shift properly or embrace her wolfy side. With Ramsey’s help she very slowly gains confidence and deals with her past. While she undergoes huge character development, Ramsey’s is even bigger. He was exiled from his were-bear clan and has been living a hermit-like existence (I won’t say life as it was barely living). He offers Sara patience, support and makes a proper den for her. Ramsey teaches her to shift so it doesn’t hurt so badly and his size helps intimidates the entire wolf pack. She meanwhile helps him come out of his introverted shell and teaches him about romance. The fact he was so inexperienced balances out the power in the relationship and I liked that there was real give and take on both sides.
To literally keep the wolves at bay Sara and Ramsey aka Huggy Bear need to convince them that they are really mated. Her timorous nature makes it hard for even the dense wolves to buy the lie and one of the wolves moves in with the pair. Being thrown together with a wolf watching was the best thing for this couple. Without the external forces at play, they would most likely still be skirting around each other.
This book is superior to the first as there were no real plot holes and I found myself caring about the fate of our hero and heroine. The romance developed slowly but was well worth the wait. I would have loved to see inside Ramsey’s head as he doesn’t often vocalise his thoughts but relies on his actions to do the talking for him. The humour isn’t as strong as the first but the sweet factor is fairly high.