First things first, I found Seiran hard to like in this book… but I got there eventually. Well, he still wasn’t the most easily likeable character, but I sympathized with him and became more understanding of his behaviors. See, for a while, all he seemed to ever want or think about was sex. Even when one of his coworkers was murdered and he was the one to find the body. Even when he had creepy stalkers to worry about. Even when he knew he was likely next on the hit list of a serial killer. He was also so forward with his flirting that it was borderline harassment sometimes. He also had a lot of attitude and came across as very stubborn and immature. He even made sarcastic, mouthy remarks to the cops who showed up to investigate the dead body on his doorstep. But I think some of those things may have been because of how the new moon was affecting him (something to do with his magic), and some of his behaviors could also be explained by the problems he’s had in life, the bullying he’s been through, and his awful mother. He also had OCD and anxiety—something I didn’t realize until halfway through the book—and although I don’t think that excuses everything, it did make him a little easier to emphasize with; we all have our struggles, and I felt for him in regards to his. So ultimately, though I think he could’ve been a little less of a jerk sometimes, he wasn’t a bad person.
Gabe, on the other hand, was very easy to like from the start, even though he was a little too perfect to be realistic. He was so good to Seiran. He accepted everything about him and was always there for him. And I felt bad that he wanted to be with Seiran but all Seiran would give him was sex because of his fear of commitment. I mean, Seiran made that clear from the start, so I’m not saying that Seiran did anything wrong where that was concerned, I’m just saying that I felt bad for Gabe regardless. And that whole scene while Seiran was in lynx form was a little bit heart-breaking because I could feel how much Gabe loved Seiran, how worried he was, and how upset he was about everything Serian was dealing with.
But one of my complaints about the book is that I would’ve liked to see more of the connection between Gabe and Seiran. Gabe clearly loved him, I could feel that in his actions and his words… but why? I don’t mean Seiran was unworthy of his love, just that almost every time they were in a scene together, Seiran was trying to jump Gabe’s bones, so that was the only interaction I really saw between them. There was hardly any talking or doing nonsexual things together.
Another issue I had while reading was that a lot of the characters seemed to act in kind of weird, slightly unnatural ways, but then it turned out that there were reasons for all those things, so it didn’t end up being an issue in the end.
Overall, even though I wasn’t blown away by this book, I was interested in the plot, I liked that it had mental illness rep, and I ended up caring about the characters and their relationships enough by the end that I knew I wanted to continue the series and get to know the characters more.
Anyone who likes character-focused books, M/M, urban fantasy, witches, and books with mental illness but also lots of positivity and support.