Book Reviews

Hearts and Minds (The Shifter Chronicles 5.5) by M.D. Grimm

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-November-2021

Book Blurb

With the construction for their shifter rehabilitation clinic in Haven underway, Xavier and Josh couldn’t be happier, professionally. But their busy lives leave them little alone time. It’s putting a strain on their relationship, and they still haven’t had anything close to a honeymoon. Josh realizes Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and sees an opportunity he can’t let get away. But never having observed the holiday before, he has no idea what Xavier might want. All Xavier knows is that Josh wants to celebrate, but he has no clue how. Before either of them makes a concrete decision, a bear shifter attacks Haven and threatens to trample their romantic plans.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, February 2015. This edition has revised text.

Book Review

As I've mentioned, I love these little snippet stories in between the longer books, and since I just got done with Xavier and Josh's story, a peek into how they were doing was a welcome treat. I was excited to see how the renovations were coming on the clinic they decided to open in Haven, with funding from the Agency, to help shifters who had been tortured and abused by the Knights. Since the Agency managed a big win against them, they were able to liberate quite a few shifters being held against their will.

The fact that the author decided to focus this short on Valentine's Day tickled me pink. Yes, the pun was intended. Xavier had one-night stands and very short relationships, scoffing at the idea of love, before the Knights got ahold of him. And Josh had never had a relationship before Xavier, in fact he was a virgin in all ways. So the thought of these two bumbling through the day of love brought a grin to my face.

I adored this short and I thank the author for giving me a good glimpse into the struggles the guys still had, and the issues and concerns with running the clinic. It was more than these two bungling Valentine's Day. And yes, Xavier and Josh are still my favorites.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 77 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-October-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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