I am torn between 3 and 4 stars, but decided on 3.I loved Ted! He is a gay cop who took the fall for his partner and now is a private eye. He ends up going out to the bayou and finds an attraction to the local sheriff, Scott. Scott of course is a shapeshifter.Here's why it's a 3 instead of 4: the trope of "instant mate love". While I love the whole "mate" passion, this gay for you mate thing was just a bit to swallow in this one. I had to roll my eyes a bit.That being said, I actually liked the book and moved right into the second book.