Book Title: Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1)
Author: Jaymin Eve
Published Date: December 8th 2020
Number of Pages: 378 pages
Book Rating: 4 stars
My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.
As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill the alpha, I’m labeled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.
When I can't take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don't like losing their punching bag. Torin, the alpha’s son, drags me back before my first shift... a shift that will reveal my true mate.
I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.
After all, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.
When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.
The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.
Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I read a previous book by Jaymin Eve and absolutely adored it! Then I picked up another one and didn't finish it (might have been the mood I was in). Because of this I was a bit wary going into this one.
I was pleasantly suprised! Was it perfect? No. I saw a few things which made my writer self go (hmm, I wouldn't have done it this way), there was also a few plot items and pacing things which didn't jive well with me. What compensated for all of that was the amazing MC, the characters (particularly the MC's BFF's) and the very cool concept and twist on shifters!
I LOVE a good shifter book and this had all the elements I like in shifter books (i.e fated mates, sassy heroine, alpha's who are super romantic/protective) AND some fantasy/paranormal elements. The ending felt off for me. Like, I knew it was leading up to something like that but when the "event" I kind of saw coming happened it felt rushed. I know it's odd to say it was both building up to it and it was rushed. I guess it could have been that I wanted that "event" to go, or because I felt the prose could have been more developed leading up to it? Without giving any spoilers, she got angry (like she has done a million times in this book) and then bam the "event" happens. It made me think, why is this time she got angry different? Then the book abruptly ended. I can see that maybe the author was trying to make it a cliffhanger but I would have liked a bit more to the ending, it would have made the ending more rounded and less like it was cut off in the middle of sentence/scene. Many authors do this cutting a scene in the middle of a tense moment thing but I feel like personally I prefer when the scene is wrapped up and then it's closed with a cliffhanger (if there must be a cliffhanger). Maybe people like those kinds of ending though? It could very well be a personal preference thing. Other than that would recommend this book for sure! Depending on how the second book goes it could lead to a new favorite series. Not all time favorite, but still a favorite. If you like romance, sexy alpha's, dark heroes, gray morals/choices, a strong female MC, good friendships and cool magic systems this could be a great pick for you!