Chloe Williams has waited four very long years for
her mate to acknowledge her. He has turned her
away time and again for being too young for him,
even when she was in the hospital recovering
from a traumatic beating. Now that he's been
turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking
in big time. Chloe has to decide if it's worth risking
her heart yet again.
Ten years older than Chloe and dealing with
issues she knows nothing about, veterinarian
James Woods is about ready to howl in frustration.
He'd been drawn to Chloe since she was a
radiant nineteen year old college student, but the
age difference held him back from making a
move on her. Now his Wolf wants what's his, and
Jim is finally in a place where he can claim what
Between meddling mothers, Hunter brothers and a mystery that threatens to end Chloe's life,
will they finally be able to communicate to each other just how they feel, or will they find themselves separated by more than misunderstood words?
Warning: This book contains explicit sex,
graphic language, and two people who
finally get their damn act together.
Jim has always been wildly attracted to Chloe but has constantly pushed her away believing he is too old for her. Now Jim finds himself turned into a Wolf Shifter and his urge to claim her as his Mate is overwhelming. That's one thing I struggled with, it's as if Jim has done a one hundred and eighty degree turn in this book. He has fought it for so long and yet from the start of this book he is well and truly onboard for a lasting relationship with Chloe.
Chloe has been to hell and back and is still coping with the after effects of the vicious attack she was subjected to. She's left with scarring both physical and mental but probably the hardest thing is the realisation that she can never be a veterinarian now. She not only has difficulty controlling her hand but her speech is forever altered and now her words are mixed up which does often have hilarious consequences but it's not really a laughing matter. This brave young woman faces frustration and yet she never lets it get her down and I do like that she's written as a heroine with gumption and grit.
Okay, so I thought Figure of Speech had a lot less sexual tension than previous books but that's probably because the couple seems to accept each other right from the beginning. It's a shape shifter romance with lots of different types of shifters and Ms Bell seems to be expanding the world she has created. In previous books the central characters have been quite extroverted and often outrageous but both Chloe and Jim seem far more restrained. Maybe that's what left me wanting? Certainly Jim is uber responsible but for me it was Chloe that seemed the most interesting character. She is a fox shifter, who for whatever reason has had a complete colour changes (the ultimate makeover?), and in her dreams can now spirit walk. Whatever the conspiracy is, it's clear that poor sweet Chloe is right at the heart of it.
Lots of characters to laugh at and numerous bad guys showing up but nothing is straightforward in this reality the author has created. I think this will appeal to those seeking a lighter paranormal but to understand everything that's going on I feel this series is probably best read in order. It wasn't my favourite as I do like the Bear shifters but with so much going on and new characters introduced who seem even more peculiar and mysterious; I'm hoping for the author to truly wow me with her next installment
I received a gifted copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review