This story can be read independent from books 1 and 2 in the series. But it doesn't hurt to read them all.
With each book I read from the series I find I'm looking it more and more. This book focus on Zeki and Theo in a shifter two called Wolf's Paw. Zeki returns home after five years to gossip about Theo mate's rejecting him. Having had a crush on Theo in high school and still retaining those feelings, Zeki is embarrassed and sadden by the news that Theo doesn't date and bottles up his feelings. But unable to help himself, Zeki tries to talk to Theo and the results are a bit unexpected.
There were a lot of internal and external struggles for Zeki and Theo both. I really liked that the author displayed those emotion/feelings in the book through the characters. The awkwardness and the struggle in dialogue really hit home that no matter how much time has pass a person can still be awkward and struggle with the same feelings they had in their teen years. I thought it was cute and I liked seeing both Theo and Zeki working out their issues.
I thought the book was a perfect example of what could happen when communication was lacking between two people.