Title: Almost Paradise
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Shapeshifter
Series: Book One in Pine Hollow Wolves
Romance Level: ♥
Description: Travis will do anything to keep his daughter safe, now that he finally has custody. Financially ruined, he cannot even afford food for himself most days. Could a stranger’s offer to dog sit be the solution Travis has been hoping for?
Travis has done everything to keep his daughter safe. He’s fought a long, hard battle in the courts to gain full custody and has finally found some breathing room. But that security comes at a heavy price.
Staying in a motel and living off his quickly dwindling savings is no way to raise a toddler, so when Liam steps into his life and offers him hundreds of dollars just to watch his dogs for a weekend, it almost seems too good to be true.
But when he finds out there is more to Liam than he ever thought, he has a hard decision to make. Can he and his daughter stay and be safe or will he need to leave?
Review: The story opens with Liam entering a boutique shop with his two hundred pound Neapolitan Mastiffs. He enters the shop to pick up a gift for his Alpha’s sister. This is his first meeting with Travis, the man who would change his life forever.
Travis was the reason I loved this book, his struggles to keep his family together rang whole-heartedly and honest. Not only did he make me feel that family is the most valuable thing in the world but also see how much he would sacrifice for his daughter.
To be honest I’m not usually a fan of children in stories but Hannah found her way into my heart with her wonderful upbeat personality and constant giggling. She was a delight to read and made me smile several times throughout the book. Hannah is just adorable and added to the story rather then took away from the romance.
Liam is a shifter and quickly becomes Travis’ love interest. He is a very unique shifter, after all he is able to own dogs which in most shifter stories is not usually possible. I love his stubborn and bossy personality as he tries to win Travis’ heart. Liam has to try patience and understanding something he isn’t used to using.
Author Caitlin Ricci’s descriptions are rich and detailed enough to make me feel as if I was in the boutique with Liam and Travis. Her details were never overloaded and always heartfelt. The growth from Travis at the worst moment in his life to a transformation at the end of the book was done with style and a break from more traditional shifter stories.
This story has a deep understanding toward the importance of family and doing the right thing even when people want to take everything away. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a stubborn shifter with an equally stubborn partner and a too cute for words little girl.