Book Review – Virgin Shifters: Shifting for the First Time Anthology

Publisher: Indie
Pages: 891
Characters: Various
POV: 1st and 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

There’s a first time for everything. When these shifters come of age, shifting for their first time into their true form, you never know what will happen. Is that love in the air, or just mating rituals handed down from one generation to another?

Pick up this exciting boxset with new to you authors and some old favorites. It’s sure to please and give you hours of reading pleasure.

Including JS Bright, Melissa E Costa, Nicole Dennis, Kelly Fox, Jessie G, Miski Harris, Katey Hawthorne, Zolie Heller, Kris Jacen, Jacki James, Kim Katil, Elle Keaton, Wren Kenzie, K-Lee Klein, Ari McKay, Lynn Michaels, Megs Prichard, , JP Sayle, Victoria Sue, TL Travis, Sara York

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I loved the stories I read from this anthology, and enjoyed finding new authors as well as new stories from authors I already love. Although I’ve only reviewed two stories, the rest are well worth checking out!

The Omega Thief by Victoria Sue
I loved the world building in this story, and I was invested in Raz and Attiker from the very beginning. This is an interesting opposites attract story, and not only because of their different personalities but their backgrounds too. I liked how the mate bond forms, and how Attiker has no clue what’s going on or even that he is a shifter. Raz is already shaping up to be a great ruler, and I loved how he was prepared to go after Attiker, rather than just sending someone after him. I also liked the hints that their world is already in crisis with drugs on the street and the Anti-Shifter Alliance poised to cause trouble.

I did, however, feel as though the story had just got going when it stopped, although it did give Raz and Attiker some closure of sorts. I’m very happy that it’s the prequel for a new series, and am looking forward to reading it. I doubt Raz’s rule is going to be smooth sailing, and it’s a good thing he’ll have Attiker by his side.

Prince of Indigo Island by Jacki James
This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I loved it. I thought the world building was great, and I loved the detail and family vibe of the merrows. Ford is a sweet guy, and I love the way he takes things slow, and works out a safe scenario for Caspian who is totally freaking out about being near the water. Their romance is very sweet, and I got wrapped up in it very quickly. I hope this isn’t the last story for these guys as I’d love to read more about them and their world.

4.5 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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