Title: Love is a Whirlwind
Series: The Shifters, Book 2
Author: M.D. Grimm
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: February 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Ryan and Caleb became the best of friends while Caleb taught Ryan as best he could about being human. Born a bull shifter named Whirlwind, Ryan was taken in by Caleb’s mother, who wanted to protect him—just as Caleb did. Their time together leads to deeper feelings... and now they’ve decided to give a relationship a chance. Unfortunately, Ryan is kidnapped, and Caleb has to call in the Agency—an organization that protects shifters—or their new life together will end before it ever starts.
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: Decent MM shifter romance though nothing outside the ordinary with either plot, characters or romance.
The Set Up: Ryan was born a bull shifter and lived his early years as a bull. Caleb’s mother sees the intelligence in Ryan’s eyes and buys the shifter to keep him safe. Caleb is shocked when the bull he’s been talking to suddenly shifts into a human. Now Ryan and Caleb are ready to begin a new chapter in their relationship but Ryan is kidnapped by shifter enemies.
Why I Read this Book: I read book three in this series and really liked it so went back to read the others.
What I Liked: I like the world set up here. The shifters are dual spirits with animals and some live their entire lives as their animal. The shifter enemies are the Knights who are part-fae, part-human. Then there are the mostly clueless humans. And lastly there is a mysterious Agency who are part-fae, part-human and protect the shifters. I liked the Agency and how they play big roles in each of the novellas, especially the yummy Agent Pope who has a vendetta against the Knights.
What I Also Liked: If I’m going to read erotic romance with people in their early twenties, then I want them both to be the same age and this is the case for Ryan and Caleb. They discover sex and their romance naturally together and I liked this earnest, heartfelt romance. I like that the erotic interludes aren’t the point of the story but add a little heat to the story. The romance is a tad simplistic but given that these are young guys without much life experience it seemed appropriate.
What I Didn’t Like: This isn’t an earthshattering romance but it’s good enough. The characters didn’t wow me with their development or uniqueness but they were likable enough.
IMO: This isn’t a stellar romance but it’s good enough.