Shifters and Partners 3 : Joey and the Fox by Hollis Shiloh

Title: Joey and the Fox                           Word Count:57,000
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb:Joey and the Fox (Shifters and Partners) by Hollis Shiloh – Romance>LGBTQ>Gay eBook

Asshole cop. It’s Joey’s role, and one he’s comfortable with. Joey tells gay jokes. He’s crude, tough, and thick-skinned. But now he’s got a chance to work with a fox shifter—and he doesn’t want to lose that opportunity.

Dylan is a mess: clingy and broken, cheerful but lost, seriously unpredictable…and very gay. But Joey desperately wants the partnership to succeed. He’s not willing to lose the fox shifter for any reason, even when Dyl drives him crazy.

Is there any way to make it work? And will the weird attraction he feels to the cute redhead ever go away?

My Review : Joey is a cop who has always dreamed of being paired up with a shifter. It seems like he is finally going to get his chance when he is paired up with potential fox shifter Dylan. However, it’s seems like he is about to get more than he bargained for.Dylan is a sweet, lovable, overly active creature which is great. He is also the same in his human form as well as being extremely sensitive and almost fragile. Dylan is very tactile and has no sense of personal space and herein lies the rub. Joey is not sure how to react to these situations as he is not gay and oftentimes , he has an effeminate young man sitting almost in his lap. Dylan brings out certain feelings in Joey that he is not sure how to process without questioning his sexuality. Although he feels uncomfortable at times, Joey knows he can’t give up on sweet vulnerable Joey. In so many ways he is like a child needing guidance. He trusts Joey explicitly and Joey would hate to break his trust and watch him regress even further.
Joey has a hard time labeling his sexuality, but he can no longer deny that his feelings for Dylan are no longer platonic. This becomes obvious when Dylan decides to go out clubbing because he needs to get laid. Joey spends the whole time getting drunk and feeling absolutely jealous of all the guys who are possibly putting their hands on his sexy fox.
Joey embraces his possessive feelings where Dylan is concerned and decides to talk to him about becoming ‘partners with benefits’. Dylan readily agrees and Joey finds out that it’s definitely not hard for him to become aroused by Dyl and reciprocate the feelings.The fireworks between these two are amazing and a new world is opened for Joey. Their working relationship is also improved because of their bond being stronger.
Joey is constantly plagued by feelings of guilt when he thinks that he might be taking advantage of sweet Dylan. He also realizes that his tactless borderline homophobic jokes when around his cop buddies really hurt Dylan’s feelings. He makes an effort to change and be more mindful of hurting Dyl’s feelings, the man he now realizes he is in love with. Joey is still a bit worried about being perceived as gay , but he soon realizes that it gets easier when he finally opens up to his mom. He is also worried about what his superiors will think of him and Joey partnering up in more ways than one. This hurdle is successfully jumped, when he talks to another shifter-human pair and sees that love is all that matters. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.