Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Sam and Michael live happily in the Colorado mountains. Sam is Sheriff and Michael has his store. When the body of a skinwalker is discovered in a massive snow drift, Sam discovers Michael's gifts are far more than he first imagined.
Struggling to word this review, because I'm not really sure how I felt about it. The story itself had promise, and I looked forward to reading it, but for me, it fell kinda flat. The skinwalkers appeared, and then were gone. There was some magic and withcraft talked about, visited with, and then said goodbye to. Michael and his gifts? I never got the full picture about those, and I had to concentrate, so I didn't miss it!
The book flips from what Sam is going through now, to chapters about when they first met, when they moved to the mountains and things that happened along the way. I didn't quite get the point of those, they didn't make much sense to the current time line, not to me, anyway.
And, its first person, present tense, single pint of view. To be honest, I didn't notice the present tense bit so much at the beginning, but towards the end, when I was struggling to finish it, I noticed it more.
There is, listed on Goodreads, a much shorter version of this story, only 38 pages, which was published in November 2015 as part of the Dreamspinner Pres Advent Calendar for that year. Maybe, I'd have liked that version much more than this 315 page version.
But because I DID finish it, and ONLY because I did...
**same worded review will appear elsewhere**