OK, let's talk about Trans Shift. I was a little wary, concerned about how respectfully the author would handle this topic, but mostly eager to read something new. We got off on a good foot. I even stayed on the elliptical at the gym 30 min. Then shit got crazy. Tyler is a werewolf who has left his pack because he is gay, and they won't accept that. The alpha's daughter is freaking insane and obsessed with wanting to mate him and won't accept his rejection, so Tyler runs away to start a new life.
John is a trans man who left his abusive husband and, with the help of his estranged mother, gained freedom and began his transition. The start of their relationship is innocent and sweet. They've got instant chemistry and their first few meetings the club, their first date are very sweet. I was smiling like a dork while reading.
But then, after their first date, the story jumps six months into the future and John and Tyler are basically living together.
Neither has revealed his secret to the other. Tyler and John have been together for 6 months, essentially living together, but they haven't had sex. Then, suddenly, in one night, there's lots of sex. I found this to be a bit unrealistic and couldn't quite believe it. I had some other concerns over the way the sex went down, but as a cis woman, I don't have the experience or right to criticize what happens in this book.
This review has been edited with that in mind. After this, the hits keep on coming. I'm not going to hash it all out because I promised no major spoilers. But some other major issues I had: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much descriptive text. This was incredibly annoying and repetitive. Also, there would be paragraphs or even pages building up from one line of dialogue to the next. Noah Harris puts George RR Martin to shame when it comes to incredibly superfluous and obnoxious descriptive text.
Villified female to the MAX. The alpha's daughter is basically satan reincarnate in this book. It's a ridiculously all-too-common theme. But this story took it and freaking blew it up. Becky is so evil and hateful and spiteful and ugh. Way too over the top. I got into it and enjoyed getting the early stages of character building. But the rest of it