Shifting Trust, by Meredith Clarke | Book Review

Hello and welcome to Adele Is Reading.

Today on the blog, I have my book review of:

Shifting Trust, by Meredith Clarke.

Shifting Trust is the second book in the Crescent City Wolves series.

Trigger Warnings: Sex Scenes, Fighting, Blood, Anxiety, Anxiety Attack(s).
Please note that there may be other potential triggers that I may have missed.

Foretelling prophecies? Shifter packs? Vampire blood?

How did these words become a part of my life?
It wasn’t long ago they were only tales in legends I used to tell my tour groups.

The morning I wake up surrounded by the four hottest men I’ve ever known, I realize there is no going back to my old life.
They’re my mates. Yes, you read that right.

My mates.

And they’ll do anything to keep me safe and protected.
The way they look at me is enough to make me lose my mind and heart, four times over.

Only, the Crescent City pack can’t slay all the demons for me.
They need my help to take down the biggest evil in town.
I need theirs to understand my past and my destiny.

But there are other worlds that exist.
Worlds that threaten to tear me from my fated mates and sever what matters to us the most.
I won’t stop until I have the truth.

What I learn on the other side of the veil could destroy everyone I love.
I’ll fight with every last breath to hold on to the future I’ve been promised.

*Shifting Trust is the second book in the Crescent City Witch series, a reverse harem paranormal romance. If you love a badass heroine, hot alpha wolf shifters, and mystery and action, then this series is for you!*

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

Can I just say that I am overjoyed with how Shifting Trust turned out..? Because I am. I totally am.

The start of Shifting Trust starts a second after Shifting Fates (book #1) ended. And I’d like to shout to the world that as a reader and as a sole individual, how much I appreciate when books in a series start off where the last book ended? I enjoy the fuck out of it. I really do. —- And that’s what Shifting Trust did. So imagine my doing a little happy wiggle in bed at like, 3am, probably on a weekday, diving into a direct continuation of the story.

Sadly, there’s only one point of view in the book, but I’m genuinely okay with that now. In my review of the first book, Shifting Fates, I stated that I really wished that the books in the rest of the Crescent City Wolves series. While I still hold that statement near and dear, I can appreciate Rose’s singular view.

Within the story there were times wherein Rose had to go and check in with the guys. Which in turn made me see and understand where everyone in the Shifting Trust were all coming from. That really opened up the story into making me, the reader, think that it’s just not about Rose. There are people who will miss her should she have gone off and did her own thing, the way that she wanted to. 

Something else that I enjoyed about Shifting Trust is how Rose had grew into herself — Rose’s personality is starting to peek through and I’m so. freaking. happy about that. For so long she’d be on her own. In Shifting Trust I felt as though for Rose, being on her own for that long, with her trauma and PTSD*.. There’s only so long that Rose could have gone without having a complete breakdown. In the reality of things, I don’t think Rose truly understood what the guys (and her friends) have given her: support, love, someone to lean on, safety… There’s so much that Rose has now, that she never got to experience growing up. 

At the end of the novel I found the entirety of Shifting Trust to be quite nice. To see that Rose now has come more into herself, and the role she now plays in her life with the guys, her friends, and the pack. .. chef’s kiss.

That leaves me to say that I’m so excited to read the next book. So far this series hasn’t disappointed me, and I hope that that continues.

I’m giving Shifting Trust, 4 stars.

*Note that I am NOT in anyway shape or form knowledgable on the workings of PTSD.

Have you read any shifter novels before?
If so, what was the last one you read, and what’d you think of it?

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and happy reading!
Adele

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