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    2.5- 3 stars: More questions than answers

    The first book in the Outcasts series piqued my interest with the different takes on shifters and left me with a good amount of questions. With the future of Clay and Damian’s relationship being the primary unresolved plot thread from Bad Moon Arising, I was excited to start Trouble’s on the Way. Unfortunately, I had trouble staying invested in the second book and found myself stopping and restarting the story multiple times. In the first book, Clay came across as closed off and rather brusque. Disappointedly that didn’t change much in the second novella and the reader doesn’t get very far past Clay’s walls until the end of the book. Additionally, the relationship between Clay and Damian really stalled out, adding more pieces to the puzzle rather than solving much of it and diminishing my interest in this couple. I did appreciate there was more background on Damian and why he left his pack and bonded mate behind for the Outcast pack, but that too led to plenty more unanswered questions. Although the author’s creativity and different approaches to shifter packs, their structure, and behaviors was once again noteworthy, I expected much more character and relationship development by the end of Trouble’s on the Way. Instead, I found myself less interested in Clay, Damian, and now Billy Ray than I was after the first novella. That combined with the foreshadowing of an MPreg storyline in the future leaves me thinking this is where I’ll stop. I think if you are really into shifter books that involve pack dynamics, alphas, and omegas- the Outcasts series may be a better fit for you than it was for me. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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    Promising premise that missed the mark

    This starts directly after Bad Moon Rising and since it features continuing characters, I would recommend reading them in order. In the aftermath of book one, decisions were made quickly--life changing decisions. You would hope that they would take the time to get to know each other after all of Blaine's lies, but unfortunately that is not the case. We know that Damian already has a mate whom he has refused. They have taken jobs in the area near Damian's old pack and Damian's mate, Billy Ray, is the project manager on their new job. As near as I can figure, the bond that Damian and Clay have is due to Damian infecting Clay and Clay becoming his Alpha. Damian has the mate bond from birth with Billy Ray. Clay's wolf also seems to want to claim Billy Ray. At first I thought we would get a love triangle, but a triad makes more sense for the plot as written, however the way it happens is not romantic, or even erotic. I wanted some tenderness for Damian after the way he was treated by Blaine. Damian forgives Clay too easily for everything and I can't help but think that this relationship is not realistically going to get any healthier. However, after seeing the way Damian treats Billy Ray, I'm not sure he deserves it. In fact, Billy Ray forgives him for everything way too easily. Damian also does a complete 180 very quickly on not wanting to complete the mate bond, to not being able to help himself due to his jealousy. This is yet another example of jumping into the sex rather than getting to know Billy Ray, especially when we know know he doesn't feel anything for his mate at the time. The tone has changed from the cuteness of the "pup", to the desires of "the beast" which tells you all you need to know about the author's choices here. It doesn't make sense to me that Clay no longer wanted Billy Ray after Damian finally bonds with him, even after we are told that all Alphas will want to claim Billy Ray now. I don't know why this is even necessary, except to just cause conflict. How are we to believe these people can control themselves in public and humans don't know about them? I was annoyed that all three characters seems to throw themselves into situations without thought to the consequences, even when some of them know what they will be. Clay is stubborn and not too interested in the packs, but no one seems to be giving him information he needs. This books touches on pack politics within the pack and between packs and we know that the showdown is coming: between Damian and his parents and the triad and the pack. I am starting to really not like any of these packs. Pack law seems like law only when it is convenient for those in power. These are also just things we are told instead of shown--there is not a lot of world-building here. By the time we get to the plot twist out of nowhere in regards to Clay (no, I won't tell you), I'm not sure where this can go. And then, they finally talk like mature adults. That doesn't make all the jealousy, anger, and bitterness go away, but it's a start. It also doesn't last. Pete makes Clay see some reason, but also finally tells him a whole lot about being a werewolf that he should have told him weeks ago, which leads us to another plot twist out of nowhere. I liked the first book and I had high hopes for this one. I think there is just too much going on in the plot, without a lot of details, or small details thrown into the fray to justify what is happening whilst it is happening. I wish the characters were who they are, rather than feeling like the author is just throwing in characters for representation, convenience, or salaciousness. With the hormone changes Billy Ray has that are able to be detected by scent, I am wondering if the next book will be mpreg (male pregnancy). I admit that is not my favorite genre, so I will likely not read the next book because I just don't like babies in my erotic romance. I don't really like babies in real life either. I would rate this 2.5 stars.
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    Didn't love it

    I was given this ARC by NetGalley and NineStar Press, LLC in exchange for an honest review. This honestly wasn't my bag. I wanted to love it, but I felt the writing and the story to be choppy. I found that when there were problems with the storyline a character did something completely uncharacteristic to make the piece fit. It didn't flow and the story really didn't resolve itself well in my opinion. This just wasn't a book that got me, unfortunately.
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