None of the stories had developed characters; the biker characters in the six stories were all stereotypical and high ranking - either the vice president or president of their individual motorcycle clubs. The female interests were all vapid and insipid, no one was worthy of feeling empathy for and so under-developed, this reader could not feel empathy with - anyone. Each character throughout all seven story's I read were one dimensional, almost cartoonish in nature. Wait. That would imply they had a personality present in the tale. None did. All of the biker's tales seemed trivial and childish, no matter the stated ages of characters. None stood out in any way, shape or form. No drama, action or depth, anywhere - characters or plot. Dialogue was stilted, forced and unnatural sounding; in no way authentic to any individual character.
All in all, this reader's first reading of Sky Winters storytelling was a huge disappointment. Her formula seemed the same in each story she told that I read... boy meets girl, boy and girl have sex within twenty-four hours, boy and girl are madly in love and get married, the end. There was no sensual or steamy aspects, no flirtatious buildup; simply, meet, screw, and marry. Blah. Had that formula been used only in the shifter story, it might have worked... it is completely acceptable for the shifter to sense his or her fated mate well before the other one realizes they are meant to be together. That is where many writer's build a sensual tone into a story, during this wooing phase. I won't bother with any of the other bonus stories, or this writer, again. ** Review originally posted to Amazon reviews on December 20, 2017 and Goodreads on the same date. **