Stone Cold Beast (The Umbra Shifters)
Author: Karly Germain
Length: 67 pages
Genres: M/M paranormal romance
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 3 Stars – A Good Read
Heat: 4 – Smoking Hot
Karly Germain introduced her paranormal world in her entry in Alpha's Claim: Manlove Edition. In this novella, a cousin of the previous main character has gone into isolation due to a terrible injury. Ethan is a lion shifter that was caught in a fire while undercover, scarring one side of his body and leaving him extremely angry. In what is possibly meant to be helpful, Ethan's cousin sends another member of the Umbra law enforcement to interview him. Daric is reluctant to take the assignment, but soon after meeting Ethan, he realizes that they are mates and starts to try to get Ethan to accept that fact as well.
Although the relationship starts suddenly, I like the fact that each person in this world has the choice to accept or reject his mate. These two work through a lot of conflicting emotions and I enjoyed the surprise cameo of Ethan's great-grandparents and how the healing in their relationship leads to his taking a chance on his own. I wish there had been more clarity about the situation that Daric and his brother were involved in, but I suppose that may be setting up another story in the future. Overall, I can see this series as one to keep your eye out for future installments.