Shifting Sands (Strength of the Pack #4) by Joy Lynn Fielding
The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he’s ever seen. It doesn’t take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce’s bed.
Bryce Reynolds believes there’s no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce’s prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t do commitment.
As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what’s happening between them, they’re drawn into a political battle—one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack.
Note: This is book 4 but it can be read as a standalone
Review by Paulina Woods
I love sex in my stories but I also need a good plot to keep me interesting and Joy delivers in Shifting Sands.
Bruce loves being single and has no desire to settle down. He has watched his Alpha and others in the pack find their mates but he just wants a warm body and freedom. When Tom walked into his life he was instantly hot and ready to tumble but after finding out that Tom is his mate he takes a huge step back.
Tom is such a sweet dork. He can literally lock away thoughts that are not needed at the moment. He loves his job working on capital hill and he is looking to find someone to share his life with. Having just been dumped by a man he loves he is not looking for anyone but is overjoyed to find out Bruce is his mate.
The pain, betrayal, and anger that these two men have to overcome in order to understand that it’s not just fate making them love each other is astonishing.
I loved how it’s not an instant knowing that they are mates, it’s a build up and a slow realization.
I know that each book can be read as a stand-alone but I wouldn’t suggest it because there are some things that need extra explaining. There is also the small problem of two different names being used for the same person in the paragraph. I am a military brat so I caught on quickly but others might find this a bit confusing.
I am putting the other books on my to read so that I can catch up and meet all the other men.