Shadows of the Soul by Holly Oliver

Author Holly Oliver released Shadows of the Soul this week. The start of what Janet hopes is a new series.

From the blurb:

If you have an aversion to or are sensitive to reading about sexual assault, it is referenced in the prologue – but if this bothers you, the story can be read from Chapter One.

This is essentially an MM shifters Fated Mates romance with a twist. Neither Darius nor Max particularly like working with a partner -for different reasons, I might add.

Max may not be keen to buddy up with the profiler, but he is loyal and understands the weight this case carries. As soon as he lays eyes on the stunning man, his wolf goes belly up with lust, and the pining begins.

Darius, on the other hand, whose been trying to contain his leopard to the shadows of his mind, is nothing if not confused, but oddly curious about the man.

Join these men as they hunt for a despicable sadistic serial killer, while Darius unravels the traumas of his past.

Can Darius learn to trust his leopard, himself, and Max?

Can Max stay loyal and patient after being pushed away?

And can they catch the nefarious forgiven killer, before he escalates again?

Trigger warnings: this story contains mention and memories/flashbacks of childhood physical and emotional abuse, depicts gruesome crime scenes, and has some on-page scenes, which mention and reference rape and torture (though not between the MCs. All from the killer's perspective). There is also some adult language and hot and heavy consensual MM sex between our two lovers.

Janet's Review:

Shadows of the Soul is the first in what I hope is a new series. Fantastic debut into this world. 

Darius, a leopard shifter is a profiler and Max, a wolf shifter a member of the dog squad. Darius needs structure and routine. Darius has put his leopard so far into his mind that it sleeps most of the time. Max’s wolf is always present and helps him to solve cases. They have to work together to find a vicious serial killer and put them away. But in the middle of everything going down, Darius’s leopard comes back in full force and tells Darius that Max is his fated mate. 

Full on action with a decent amount of steam and a fantastic mystery/murder to solve makes this a fantastic story! Well written with addicting pacing that kept me engaged and flipping the pages. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Shadows of the Soul is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read Kindle Unlimited subscription.