Top critical review
Cute but too short for either character or plot development
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
This is a cute and whimsical read. It’s lighthearted entertainment with a fresh angle on the shifter genre. And I enjoyed it quite a bit.
It's a fun story and definitely my first dinosaur shifter read. It’s well-written, but the storyline would need some more work. Sure, the story isn’t meant to be plausible but, dinosaur shifters aside, it would have been nice if the rest of the plot had been slightly more believable.
As for the characters, both Simon and Dalton were endearing in their own way. Also, they couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Opposites may attract according to some, but I wasn’t actually convinced of their attraction to each other. I couldn’t feel the spark. And with Simon’s somewhat square personality, it grated how easily Dalton convinced Simon that a road trip to Dallas was the solution to his cartel-problem.
Smash & Grab is a short read. Really short. So despite the cuteness, despite the delightful whimsy, there’s no room for either character or plot development. The storyline’s straight as an arrow with no surprises. So as cute and fun that it is, Smash & Grab isn’t particularly memorable.
It’s perfect if you want a couple of hours of distraction and some laughs though.