Rating: 4 stars
Last night was great. Mind-blowing, even.
One minute, I’m at a bar trying to locate Ernest Shepherd, a rhino shifter. The next, I’m going home with a gorgeous bartender named Ryan for a night that I’ll never forget.
What I didn’t realize is that Ryan is Ernest’s grandson. He’s a rhino shifter, too. And he may just be the rhino I’m looking for to fill a vacancy at the zoo.
When we started our professional relationship with unsanctioned benefits (my boss would kill me if she knew), I didn’t think I’d fall for Ryan. Or that it could all come crashing down in a life or death situation that will change us forever.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
I Found my Rhino was such a fun read. The concept was so fun and original, it’s about an agency names Shifters Unlimited and they place shifters in zoos. I never have read about anything remotely similar and it was just as fun to read about as it sounds. I Found My Rhino is a short and steamy read while also addressing the topic of shifters in zoos. I really enjoyed reading it and easily breezed through the book and I can only hope the author decides to make this series and writes more books in this world.
Shifters Unlimited is hired to find a rhino shifter for a zoo and female main character Leslie has gotten the job to contact this Rhino. She is visiting a bar where the rhino should work, but instead of finding the rhino she was looking for she finds another rhino, his grandson. She just doesn’t realize this yet and has a hot one night stand with him. Things turn a bit awkward when she has to visit the grandfather of her hot date from the night before the next day and try and convince him to become the rhino this zoo needs.
I like how we get a bit of insight into how Shifter Unlimited works, recruiting shifters and then having them spending the days at the zoo and getting a good paycheck. It might be a tad unbelievable, but I didn’t really care as I thought it was a fun and original set-up. We read about Ryan’s first day at the zoo and how Leslie helps him. As it’s a short read and there is a bit of a time skip forward and we don’t get to know all the details of what shifters can do here, but overall the author managed to get a good feel for the world and the shifters and I liked reading this book.
The romance is hot and steamy. The book literally starts with Leslie getting drunk and then having hot sex with the bartender. I wasn’t really sold with the first chapter as it’s hard to care about the characters having sex when you don’t even know them, but after that it only got better and by the end of the book I liked these two and their romance. It is a short novella so that means things do move quickly, but I did feel there was still enough depth to feel their romance and I liked the epilogue.
Leslie has had a difficult break-up and is a bit broken after that, her believe in love and relationships is a bit shattered and she is sure a one night stand or a sex only relationship is all she can handle at this time. Ryan has a busy work schedule and doesn’t think he wants anything more, until he does. We got to know enough of the characters to get a feel for them even with such a short read. I liked how Leslie was not only dedicated to her work, but also to the well being of the animals and shifters. Ryan his relationship with his grandpa was awesome to read about and I really liked the close bond between him and how he was willing to take this job to get more money for the bar and his grandpa’s treatments. And then there is the scene at the zoo later on where both characters really show their personalities.
To summarize: this was such a fun read! Short, steamy and with an unique and fun concept of shifters being hired for zoos. I keep being impressed at how well this author writes short stories and manages to give us a feel for the characters, their romance and the world in so little time and makes sure no part of it feels rushed. I wasn’t quite sure about the start of the book, but after that it got only better and better and by the end I just wanted more. All in al a great read and I hope the author decides to write more about Shifters Unlimited.