Book Reviews

Psychic Moon (The Shifter Chronicles 1) by M.D. Grimm

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-April-2021

Book Blurb

Animal Control Officer Derek Williams is a wolf shifter and not one inclined to long-lasting relationships. Not only does he take animal abuse personally, he has a temper and isn’t afraid to show it. However, he changes his tune when the newest veterinarian starts working for the Animal Services Center.

Recovering from an abusive relationship and hiding supernatural abilities of his own, Brian O’Donogue wants a fresh start and a new place to call home. Quickly dubbed the “animal shrink” by co-workers, Brian doesn’t know what to make of Derek at first. Then he manages to confront Derek during one of his rages, and they both see each other in a new light.

Eventually they take a chance on their feelings and the ensuing relationship is better than either of them could have hoped—until a rogue wolf shifter attacks Brian. The abrupt attack forces Derek and Brian to confront their secrets and whether their relationship can weather the storm heading their way.

The rogue shifter is out there, and he’s hunting them.


BONUS STORY: Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit

Derek and Brian are celebrating their first Christmas together, and Brian is determined to show Derek a Christmas like those he shared with his family back east. A wolf shifter, Derek has never celebrated a traditional Christmas before—his pack would usually shift on Yule and hunt down prey. But the unexpected appearance of Brian’s abusive ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve threatens not only Brian’s holiday plans but his future with Derek.



First edition of 'Psychic Moon' published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2011.

First edition of 'Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit' published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2011.


Book Review

Psychic Moon:

As most of you know, I am entranced by all things paranormal, but mostly by shifters. Any type of shifter tends to hold my attention, and whether the story is serious or silly, I love them all. When I discovered 'The Shifter Chronicles' series by M.D. Grimm, I was over the moon. Each book sounded like it was right up my alley, so I couldn't wait to jump into book one.

Derek is a wolf shifter, and a humane officer who works for Pet Rescue. He hates what humans do to so many of their pets, and some days the only thing that keeps him sane is Brian, the veterinarian. Brian has his own gift, however. He can calm and soothe animals in a psychic manner, he just can't figure out why it works so well on Derek. Derek has been waiting two years to ask Brian out, not for fear of rejection, but because he knows he'd eventually need to tell Brian about his wolf, and Derek isn't sure if he wants to.

When they do start dating, it's fireworks and doesn't take them long to admit their true feelings. But one morning while Brian is walking his dogs, he gets attacked by a big, black wolf, and Brian knows there is something different about this animal. Derek sends a coded message to his pack and Agent Poe shows up from the Agency, an organization that has been around for a long time and protects shifters, keeps the knowledge of them away from humans, and goes after hunters.

I would have liked this novella to be longer as I think the author could have developed the characters, especially their backgrounds, a little more; however it didn't detract from my enjoyment. I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series, and perhaps delving into the Agency. I did really adore the way Derek laid down the law, so to speak, to Brian's dogs, and the back-and-forth banter the men had. Their sex was hot and the love story was sweet.



Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit

I love when an author writes these little extra shorts within a series, and I was excited about this one because I wanted to revisit Derek and Brian. I didn't truly feel as if I got a handle on them in 'Psychic Moon', so I was hoping I could get more in this holiday short.

Brian is determined to make this Christmas one to remember since Derek has never celebrated before. It's Christmas Eve, Brian is finishing up the preparations on the huge meal he's making, while Derek is out picking up some last-minute items. Who should show up at the door but Kyle, Brian's ex from four years ago who abused him and tried burning down their house. Psycho! Somehow he's tracked Brian all the way to the West Coast and he wants Brian back. Derek isn't about to let Kyle have his mate, but he is sure ready to show Kyle what happens when you mess with an alpha.

An absolutely delightful short story that I enjoyed so very much.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 170 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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