Nate’s Deputy is the fifth book in Lavinia Lewis’ Shifters’ Haven series. It’s a standalone story about two strong-willed gay werewolf shifters, Nate Stanford and Deputy Jared Ambrose. Nate’s Deputy focuses on life in the small town of Wolf Creek and the activities of its denizens.
Jared is looking to find a home for him and his troubled younger brother, Tristan; while Nate’s want to restore the home his deceased brother Rick lost. At the same time these two stubborn young men work to gain a home, they must deal with the shady activities going on in Wolf Creek involving the Supernatural Council. They also need to cope with an attraction so passionate it threatens to overcome all the other obstacles in their lives.
Lewis writes some steamy scenes between Jared and Nate, as well as other key characters in Nate’s Deputy, including Aaron and Cary from other Shifters’ Haven stories. Lewis has a strong voice and her characters are sympathetic and compelling. Jared’s relationship with Tristan is tender and caring. Nate’s grief over the death of his little brother is touching, as are the scenes with Cary and Aaron.
Nate’s Deputy moves at a fast clip; the action almost never stops. On occasion, this shortchanges the depth of the story. There are also some minor technical and grammatical problems with Nate’s Deputy that are not present in other installments of Shifters’ Haven. Nevertheless, Nate’s Deputy is a fun read worth 3.5 stars. Shifters’ Haven is a nice series and with some interesting characters worth getting to know.