(Timber Pack Chronicles, #2)

Jed Stone suffers in silence, damaged and poisoned from his fight with the rogue wolf. But he puts on a smile and does his duty, making sure his Timber Pack mates are safe.

Buzz Hinske belongs to a traditional lycan pack. Challenges and violence seem to be their way of life.

When they come together at the annual Lycan Conclave, Jed is elated at finding his destined mate. Unfortunately, Buzz has already been promised to another...

The first book in this series, Timber Pack Chronicles, may not have been perfect - but it was close on the erotica scale. I was seriously glued to that book (the drama, the intensity, the buildup, then the...), so of course I had to read this sequel right after. In some ways this book shone and worked well, and in some areas it just wasn't as good, as intense, as the first book.

The length is shorter since the pack has been introduced and established. Now there's just a relationship to focus on, and a sweet one it is. I liked Jeb from the first one, but it was told in an outsider perspective and made him seem a little like a arrogant perv. In this one he's more likeable as we're in his head. The book opens where he's depressed and withdrawing; the scene where he walked off alone from the pack when they had transformed was especially sobering. Shrug this off and we get to the meet with Buzz, where they first locked contact. It was ridiculously sweet, I couldn't put the book down that moment even if someone tried to force me to.

A flaw with the sequel is Parker. I dug him in the first book but egads, when did he get so annoying? I get he's effeminate, but he overdoes the waterworks and is so weak in this book its a turn-off. Colton is still in badass alpha mode but even this got overbearing, especially with his impatience concerning Jeb's grief at the table. Also, why be so dickish to his father? I get the man pissed him off but surely you can get over it and move on now? The father has tried to get over this rift. Now that Colton has Parker and his pack he makes it clear he could care less whether he ever sees his father again. That's wrong on multiple levels, whether you take into consideration shifter hormones and politics or not.

It would be dull and make little sense to read about the exact same character types as the first book. The author doesn't do that here - clearly Buzz is less submissive than Parker, but he's still ideal for Jeb, who again is less dominating and alpha than Colton. They work, they really do, and it's sweet. The erotica scenes were less intense, but that tree scene excelled. The bedroom count was lower too - less pages and less opportunity for that, but it didn't need any more than it contained. I kind of skimmed on those scenes anyway. Again the dialogue was a little too much during intimate moments, must be a personal preference.

The parting of them and the thing keeping them apart was strong, but I'm glad the author didn't drag it out. Overall Enforcer is a shorter book and, while not as good as the original, it's still a worthy sequel to read if you enjoyed Timber Pack Chronicles as much as I did. Wish Colton had more paranormal erotica written.

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