Weaker Than Instinct, Fangs & Felons #2 by Becca Seymour

Urban fantasy series, Fangs & Felons, returns with Weaker Than Instinct

From the blurb:

Having a partner is bad news. I’ve been doing everything I can to go it alone. But this time I’ve pushed my unit too far.

I’m being punished. Not quite a fate worse than death, but almost as bad.

I’ve been tasked with a mission at the SICB Academy to help train wannabe agents while working undercover to figure out why recruits have been going missing.

I’m not looking to inspire. How can I when I’ve become a lone wolf?

But that doesn’t stop the Powers that Be from demanding I work with a rookie.

Just two months out from graduating, and my new partner is apparently a hot-shot agent in training.

Amber-eyed, bold, and with a scent that calls to me, Jett Shaw is a panther who is close to getting under my skin. We’ve no choice but to work together and have each other’s six, but how can I trust anyone when I can’t trust myself?

With a new threat appearing and Shaw being in the line of fire, I have to change tack. If not, taking down the shadow agency that refuses to stay buried may become my last mission for the SICB. And not just mine; the whole unit could go down with me.

Weaker Than Instinct is the second book in a gay urban fantasy romance series. Between the pages you’ll find high-octane action, snarky vampires and shifters, and scorching-hot scenes to make you swoon.

Janet's Review:

Weaker Than Instinct is the second in the Fangs & Felons series. This follows Thicker than Water, you don’t have to read that first but all the characters are back and badder than before. The world building is set up in that one. But this does read fantastic as a standalone. 

Michaels is a train-wreck waiting to happen when he is sent in for some undercover work. Jett is the best of the best and is tasked with being Michaels partner. 

This story was a seriously addicting read, it hooked me from the beginning. A fantastic mystery with a baddie I didn’t see coming. 

Action packed with the perfect amount of steam and sarcastic, snarky characters! Well written with pacing that kept me flipping the pages. I didn’t want it to end.   

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's review:

I jumped right into this book after finishing the first book in this series, and I'm so glad I did so. All of the characters were still fresh in my mind, and having all of the side characters still being a prominent part of this story as well is something I really enjoyed.

Michaels has been struggling ever since he lost his partner, after getting himself injured, again, Lucas sends him to the Academy to get himself in order, along with investigating the disappearances of some agents. There Michaels meets Shaw, a man he was not prepared for, at all.

Shaw is a promising candidate at the Academy, which is why Thatch asked him to help with the investigation, which Shaw was happy to help with. He wasn't expecting to get paired with a surly wolf, nor was he expecting to have feelings for the man.

I thought this story was excellent!! The action scenes are amazing! I think they are one of my favorite parts because they are described with so much detail! I also absolutely adore the characters bickering with each other, all of these characters have formed a family with each other. They have each other's backs, even when Michaels keeps trying to sabotage himself.

This book is a bit angstier than the first one, Michaels and Shaw had a lot to work through and overcome before they let themselves get involved with each other. Definitely more of a slow-burn feel. I thought that the case these characters were investigating was really intriguing and unique, I loved finding out new information right alongside the characters!

The 'unicorn coding' is a very unique concept, one that I'm very curious about! Especially cause we didn't get to find out who sent it to Smythe in this book, but hopefully that'll be answered in the next one! One thing that I adore the most about this series is the bond these characters have with each other, and how they can form just as strong as ones with different people.

One thing I personally found a bit odd is how Michaels never discussed losing his partner with Shaw, I don't think it was ever discussed which is a bit odd all things considered. That's just something that I had noticed, it doesn't take away from the story though.

While they technically solved a part of the case they were working on, we did not get all the answers to the questions that arose in the story, so that means this book ends on more of a cliffhanger than what the first one did. I'm so excited for the next book in this series, and I cannot wait to see what we'll learn next!!

Weaker Than Instinct is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.