Thursday, October 7, 2010

Absolute Perfection

Title: Absolute Perfection
Author: Stephanie Burke
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-842-6
Genre: {M/M} Shape-shifter Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Taza understands what is expected of him. As the sole male offspring of the Coushrin king, he is expected to mate well. The female sea horses are hot on his trail and Taza will do anything to squash their plans, including escaping to Baltimore.

The two crazy females are no match for the unstable human he encounters, who is intent on becoming immortal via wishes or cooked up flesh. The encounter has Taza running for his life and into the arms of his mate, Astika.

Astika, a Hindu Naga god, isn’t expecting to find his mate and is reluctant to accept his predicament. Soon, he sees the good Taza can add to his life. With so many after the seahorse, Astika will have to work fast to save his mate and stake claim to the one who has entrapped his heart.

Absolute Perfection is definitely not the paranormal stories I’ve grown used to. The characters are fabulously detailed. The primary and supporting characters each bring something to this story. Their quirks and imperfections displayed for all to see making them believable and likable.

Taza may bottom but he has no plans on remaining there. Even when he relinquishes some degree of control, he still dominates from the bottom. Astika is happy to have a mate who is unwilling to exploit him, while Taza is ecstatic to gain safety in Astika’s arms. They both have painful upbringings and recognize their kindred spirits. Astika’s desire of becoming a father morphs his perceptions of the situation. While he is ready to make the dream a reality, he still considers Taza instead of forcefully taking his heart’s desire.

Stephanie Burke throws in some action and suspense to balance out the humor and romance in this beautifully written story. Those looking for a paranormal story outside of the box need look no further.

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