Breaking the Ice by A. J. Marcus


Ben Miner is happy with his life as a business major at Colorado University Boulder. For the first time in his life, he’s getting things planned out. He’s about to graduate and ready for anything life can throw at him, as long as he doesn’t have to go home to Hardwood Valley. He’s tired of the shifter community there and wants to stay among the humans.

Felix Chantal is doing his best to support himself and his sister as they struggle to get their degrees. When hunters ambush them at his sister’s work, the two fight back, then find themselves on the run.

When Ben and Felix run into each other, their lives change forever. They have an instant attraction, but with hunters on their tails, do the badger and bat have time to explore the feelings welling up within them before a hunter’s bullet ends everything?


This is the third of the Hardwood Shifters series. The action continues. This time it’s a brother/sister duo of bat shifters and a badger who are in the hunters’ sights. They not only have to contend with trying to elude the hunters, they have to deal with a Colorado snow storm.

Ben is shocked to learn the identity of two hunters who track them from Buena Vista.

Will they make it home to Hardwood Valley? Will Ben, Felix, and Shelly be able to return to the outside and complete their educations?

This book may be considered erotic by some standards, but the sex is well-handled. It isn’t overwhelming to the point of being ridiculous.

Although this is the third of a series, you don’t have to have read the first two to enjoy it. However, the mention of characters from the previous two books will make you want to read them also.

I was furnished a free copy of this book for an honest review.

5 Stars


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