Book Review – Mountain Lion and Bobcat by Julia Talbot

Apex Investigations #3
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Pages: 161
Characters: James/Hank
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal

James Pearson is sick of being down and out. The Apex tech guru has been in a wheelchair since a client gone bad poisoned him, and he’s determined to find out who’s behind their run of seriously bad luck. He’s also dreaming of a certain bobcat shifter, and he can’t figure out if Hank was real, or if he was just a figment of James’ fevered imagination. Hank DeLong wants to leave undercover work behind him, and he’s missing the connection he felt with James when he was working with Apex Investigations. So when he gets the chance to go back and help the PI firm figure out how all of their recent issues are connected, he jumps at the chance. Not only do Hank and James have to deal with the mate bond they can feel forming, they also have to fight the danger lurking around every corner for the team. Can they heal James and bring all the threads together before someone gets killed?

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I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but as I’m a new fan of this author’s work, and I love this genre, I grabbed this one. Although there’s a clearly a lot of backstory and an ongoing series arc, I didn’t have any problems following this story or getting invested in the characters. I need to play catch up now and read the first two books.

I loved the world building with a diverse group of shifters working together to solve crimes. The banter is fabulous, and comes with a strong sense of found family. I liked how the bad guys are weasels and croc shifters – the plot is very cleverly thought out.

I liked James and Hank. James is wonderfully geeky and techy, while Hank is more hands on and out in the field. I thought they worked well together and were perfect as bonded mates. I liked the way the mate bond is written, and I like how the bond isn’t just their human selves but their kitties too. I loved how both sides of who they are as shifters feel like a whole, and that their cat bleeds into their personality too. The telepathy side of the bond is very cool.

The plot is wonderfully convoluted as they all bring their experience and investigative strengths together to figure out who is behind the threat to their team. I like how the bad guy is very much a threat, and the lengths he’ll go to is quite chilling. While this story is more about James and Hank’s mate bond, than the ongoing action plot, there was enough of the latter to hook me in, and keeping me reading as I need to find out what happens next.

More please.

4 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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