Chasing Fate (Copper Creek Shifters Book 1) by Jacki James (Self-published March 14, 2019. 172 pages. Audiobook released November 21, 2019. Narrated by Kenneth Obi. Listening time 4 hours and 41 minutes.) An audio code was provided.
It’s time to put away silly ideas about whether or not you should be an alpha and accept that it was never up to you in the first place. You can’t protect what’s yours unless you claim it and take your rightful place.
Chase Coleman is content with the life he’s made for himself as sheriff of a sleepy little West Texas town. He might have walked away from his role as the alpha-apparent of his home pride, but he didn’t regret making the choice to live as an out gay man.
Paxton Summers could see that Chase was the alpha of the town’s shifters, whether he wanted to accept the title or not. Once he realizes that he and the sexy sheriff are fated mates, it becomes his mission to make Chase see he never had to choose between his destiny and being true to himself because Copper Creek was exactly where he was meant to be.
Chase just needs to see that he hadn’t left his future behind at all. Instead, all along, he’d been chasing fate.
Jackie James is a new to me author, but I’ve listened to a lot of Kenneth Obi’s books and I also am usually fond of shifter stories so I was interested in checking out this book. It was a fairly short listen and I think my review will kind of be short, too, but I am glad I got a chance to check out this book.
What I like about shifter stories is that the author can build up their world the way they want, and I always find the variations interesting. In the Copper Creek Shifters series, I believe the story takes place in the not too distant future, but one of the characters discusses the troubles his gay grandfathers had adopting his dad. It seems in this future there isn’t too much discrimination for being gay. And over the time that has taken place, the shifter community decided to reveal itself to the human world, and now the two groups live side by side, peacefully; for the most part.
Well, Chase’s father (the alpha of their mountain lion shifter pride) did have an issue with Chase being gay, and when Chase refused to skip college and marry an omega female, he was kicked out. Chase believed there was a “fated mate” out in the world for him and there was no hesitation for him in leaving. After going to school he ends up in a town filled with all different types of shifters. Chase is joined by his cousin who is also a mountain lion shifter, two wolf shifters, and a female squirrel shifter. The town also seems to be filled with different types of shifters. They all seem to want Chase to claim them as a cabal but there are worries that it will cause more trouble than good. Because a human anti-shifter group is gaining power, and there are also other packs/cabals who won’t take kindly to a new leader in the area.
I definitely can say I enjoyed the listen, it was a pretty straight forward love story, without much in the way of angst for the two characters, but I didn’t feel the full development of their characters. I couldn’t always get a good feeling for who they were besides this fated love between them. I really like the set up of the world and what is happening around them. I am sure there will be more conflicts for the newly formed cabal to come and I look forward to listening to/reading more about the other characters in this series. I would recommend checking this book out, and I thought the narration by Kenneth Obi was spot on.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
I have wanted to write books since I was sixteen and wrote fanfiction (before fanfiction had a name) about my favorite Rockstar.
I’m a believer in love of all kinds but MM romance is my favorite by far. I have a romantic heart and a dirty mind and I like to write stories that let both shine.
When I’m not writing I’m either creating beautiful pieces of glass art or reading. I’m an animal lover and dream of having a small hobby farm where I can raise goats, chickens and organic veggies.
In the meantime, I live in town with my two cats, awesome husband, and two college-aged kids