Hide (Spotless Book 1) was an original take on the shifter theme. It is well written, interesting plot, well thought out over arching theme, and of course the m/m mating which is typical for a shifter story.
Adal is a half breed puma/leopard shifter and as such was ignored, abused, and tortured by his alpha father his entire life. His only friend was his older brother, Steven, who was another victim of their father's wrath. On one mission Adal finds his human mate Dorso. The interaction between the two was instant attraction and Dorso, being the player he is, acted on it. While Adal knew Dorso was his mate, he is a virgin, never had a relationship of any kind, no one to hug or offer comfort. Even though Adal had his doubts, he was completely honest. Putting his trust in his newly met mate, he even showed his animal, proving he was a shifter.
Now that took guts. And as the story unwinds we learn just how strong Adal is -- To have survived his father's abuse yet still willing to trust and believe he has a future. He was willing to trust in Remy, to hope he'd be cured. Throughout the story, Dorso was there to encourage and care for him. The tenderness between the two was wonderful. They had an instinctive grasp of what the other needed - That when Adal was in pain, despite being warned he could be hurt, Dorso was there holding him.
Yes, this series starts as a spin off of the Leopard Spot's Series. I only read one book from that series and was able to relate to this one. I wouldn't say it's mandatory to read all of the Leopard Spot's Series before this one. The connect for me was the wolf pack that Adal and Dorso visit as well as Dorso's friends who happen to be cat shifters. But all those characters make up a small part of this story so I'd say this could be read as a stand alone. Even the author doesn't say you have to read the other series to enjoy this book.
Because of Adal's father, the boys have to keep running to stay alive. There are some light hearted moments. One is when Adal interacts with Dorso's extremely large family. Another is greeting the guards at the wolf pack gate. . . And . . . Window slobber.
This is a story of a half breed shifter that overcomes his past, discovers his mate, does all he can to survive, and move on. It's a story of Adal's courage and the ability to improve and become who he wants to be. Well worth reading. - Dan's Wife