Croc’s Return by Eve Langlais (Bitten Point #1)

Croc's Return by Eve LanglaisAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Coming home doesn’t always solve things … but it does pave the way for second chances.

Take one deadly bite and, bam, a man’s life is changed forever, or so Caleb discovers when a loss of control leads to him joining the military and leaving everything behind.

Time goes by … years spent silent and alone, cut off from those he loves. Until it’s time to come back, a scarred veteran, in many ways broken and looking for a meaning to his life. Perhaps it’s not too late to right some wrongs. Make amends. Kiss a certain pair of sweet lips one more time.

If only Renny would damned well let him.

It doesn’t take Caleb long to realize Renny’s just the thing this croc needs to bring him back to life. Yet, what if he loses control again? He doesn’t want to take nibbling on her thighs to a whole new level.

Too bad, he can’t stay away, especially not when he discovers her secret. Add in a strange creature stalking the townsfolk and there is no way he’s leaving her alone.

Years ago it just about killed him to leave, but Caleb’s a changed man now. A darker kind of animal, and this retired soldier is ready to kill so he can stay.

Welcome to Bitten Point, where the swamp doesn’t just keep its secrets, it sometimes eats them.

I’m always eager to start an Eve Langlais book and when I heard about Croc’s Return I knew I had to have it. I absolutely love the different shifters Eve comes up with and having read a book of hers featuring a crocodile shifter before I knew Croc’s Return would be awesome. I wasn’t wrong.

Caleb has made some mistakes in his life, but the biggest was leaving everything behind to suddenly join the military. Now that he’s returned home a changed croc, he’s unsure where he fits into the small town life he left behind. Covered in scars and suffering from panic attacks isn’t what he wants everyone from his past to see, especially a certain female he’s intent on claiming again.

Being left behind by the only man she ever loved was bad enough for Renny but finding out she was pregnant several weeks later and never getting an answer to the letters she sent Caleb was devastating. Now four years later he’s back in town and after finding out he’s a father, wanting to settle down as a family. Renny isn’t sure she’s ready to surrender so easily after having to be independent these last few years. The comfort and safety Caleb offers is enticing, especially with something stalking the swamp and seemingly after the one thing they both have in common, their son.

As the first book in a new series (although it ties loosely into the Kodiak Point series) Croc’s Return sets the stage for the town of Bitten Point and the residents that call is home. Even with the story focusing on Renny and Caleb, the cast of supporting characters was strong with each one screaming for their story to be told.

Caleb was an awesome hero who was real, well as real as a crocodile shifter can be anyway, because of his PTSD he struggled with and how he handled it daily. Having seen war up close in the manner he did made it even harder to return to normal life and come home but having Renny back in his life (and by extension his new found son) soothed his tension and made assimilating back into society much easier. Once Renny had accepted him back into her life, everything else sort of fell in place for him.

I really liked how Renny prided herself on not asking for help and her determination on raising her son on her own….right up until the point where she decided to let Caleb back into their lives. The fact that she would allow Caleb back in and choose to trust him again just reinforced the iron willpower she had. She was strong yet vulnerable. Capable yet willing to give over the control she’d had and let her son have the father he deserved and needed.

The swamp monster is obviously being manufactured by the local laboratory but only time will tell who all is involved and how things will fall into place. While there wasn’t a whole lot of sex in Croc’s Return, I found the story engaging and captivating. True to an Eve Langlais book, action is prevalent but not overwhelming and the story line remained fluffy enough so not to scare off those turned off by dark romantic suspense.

I give Croc’s Return by Eve Langlais 4 stars!

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