My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Let me start this review by admitting, that I am not much of a shifter girl. So to win me over, a shifter story needs strong world building, a good plot and characters with depth. Unfortunately, this story had neither.
The story takes place in a world, where there are mythical creatures of all kinds roaming the world among the humans. The shifters / different types of beings are fighting among themselves, so the elders device a plan to gain peace through forced interracial mating. They summon the shifters to a gathering and pose a decree which forces everyone to mate within 24 hours or literally sign their own death sentence.
Our MCs Sebastian and Beauregard are dragon and rabbit shifter respectively and end up with each other by chance at the gathering.
This was book 2 in a series of 20 books, and I do not know, if some of the world building I felt was needed, was actually done in book one and therefore I missed it, but I had a lot of questions right of the bat, around the gathering and the decree, but they were unfortunately never answered.
When Sebastian returns to his castle with his new mate, everyone – including the two of them – are very worried about how everything is going to work out, with the bunny rabbit living in the Dragon’s lair. Because apparently Beauregard is a feisty, funny bunny, who is “a bit of a handful”. Or at least, we are told he is. Because we never actually see any of them do anything other than sleep or fuck – which seems kind of low maintenance, really.
There are two main conflicts in the story, one is from an outside party and makes very little sense, but it does create quite a big confrontational scene, where the respective players conveniently enters the stage at just the right time, to ensure that nothing gets too out of hand.
The other is between the two main characters and one my very least favorite tropes: The Big Misunderstanding. I absolutely detest conflicts which could have been avoided if the main characters had had a 30 second conversation, but they don’t, so the latter half of the book revolves around this misunderstanding. Unsurprisingly though, everything gets sorted out at the end, and just in time for Sebastian and Beauregard to become parents and live happily ever after.
The ending did leave me with another question though, why would Sebastian and Beauregard be worried about the elders reaction to their bunny / dragon baby? Since they posted the decree, surely they would be expecting hybrid offspring?, which I presume might be answered in one of the next 18 books, but that unfortunately means, that I will never know.
All in all, the idea had merit, but it lacked severely in execution. The minimal world building left way too many questions unanswered and the rushed story and lack of character depth – all tell and no show – left me unengaged with the relationship.