Shift of Morals ~ K. Webster
Shift of Morals is a non-mpreg paranormal romance and exists in the same world as the author’s Briggs Ferry Bay series. This was my first book by K. Webster, although I have a few of her books on my TBR. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, so I did not understand the world. However, it didn't matter at all. The world is introduced as you move through the story. Although there was one reveal that seemed like a big twist to me; however, if you've read the other books, it's probably not such a monumental moment, but I got a big kick out of it! In fact, it was such a 'what the' moment, that I was really happy to not have had any background, I enjoyed it so much.
By about 50% through this book, I was well and truly hooked. I loved the side characters, especially Finnick, and the two MCs definitely grew on me. But for the first half, I was a bit conflicted. Although I enjoyed the story, I wasn't particularly invested in either of the MCs, but especially Remy. It wasn't an issue with the age-gap, father figure angle. I have no problems with age gaps, and it was made perfectly clear that Cyrus had no romantic or sexual feelings for Remy until he came of age (the why becomes apparent with the 'holy hell' moment I mentioned above), so there was no 'ick' factor. Although extremely protective of him, and Cyrus' wolf definitely knew something he wasn’t sharing with his human side, he was an overprotective, platonic guardian to Remy, along with the rest of the pack who considered Remy as one of them.
In the beginning, it really was Remy that ticked me off, even if I could understand where he was coming from. I certainly couldn't see (in the beginning anyway) what appeal he'd have to an adult man, particularly an Alpha (again, it makes sense with 'the' scene). Remy acts like a spoilt, petulant child. He is suffocated by Cyrus' protectiveness and feels trapped with the pack, prevented from joining society or even going to school or college. I could completely understand his feelings, and I joined with him in his frustration. But he was still acting like a baby for the first 30% or so.
For me, the relationship between Cyrus and Remy would have been a bit more believable if Remy had been allowed to gain a bit more life experience. The past and current circumstances certainly make him mature quickly. However, he's still a bit naïve when it comes to everyday life.
That said, once the action really heats up, Remy stops his childish behaviour and takes on the role he was destined for. When this started happening, I was completely addicted, and I didn't put it down until I was finished.
This was a unique take on the shifter genre, and I really enjoyed (what I saw) as the twist. The 'bad' pack were deliciously bad, and so evil to the core you couldn't help but side with our boys. Halfway through the book, I found myself thoroughly invested in the characters and loving the secondary characters. I would love to see their stories in future books. The rest of Cyrus' pack added a lot of humour to the story, especially Finnick with his running commentary on teenage hormones!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good shifter story, and if you're like me, just bear with Remy for a bit; he does get better – I promise!