|Shane and Matt are the best of friends. They have a very close and enviable relationship. Feelings of more than friendship are hard to keep under wraps for both men. Matt is at odds with acknowledging his real feelings, thereby denying his true nature. Shane is true to himself but when his wolf is revealed, life changes completely. Unable to cope, he turns to alcohol and quickly
spins out of control. Deciding to leave town, he begs Matt to come with him. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse, frustration leads to a situation that might sever their relationship for good.
I knew I would like this book. I've enjoyed the author's previous books and looked forward to reading this one. Although I was a little disappointed Shane's voice is the only one we loudly hear, it's still a good read. I needed to hear Matt, his silence left me wondering about a lot of things integral to the story. On the other hand, it's an easy book to read even with all the angst. The author has a knack for writing unusual shifter stories that capture your interest. The sex is hot and mimics the gorgeous book cover. Both of the main characters are extremely likable with strong support from some of the secondary characters. Ms. Violet pulled no punches in writing Shane's struggle with alcohol. It was stark and drove home the realities of alcoholism. Denying Yourself is an endearing account of Shane and Matt's struggle to find themselves without losing each other.