Saturday, November 13, 2010

Contact Point


Title: Contact Point
Author: Gwendolyn Cease
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-339-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Jesse Chandler is utterly alone in the world, which explains how he finds himself on a deserted road in the middle of a storm. When he comes across an out of the way biker bar, he thinks his luck is changing, especially after he learns about the pool tournament scheduled for that night. He’s willing to gamble his last twenty dollars on the entry fee in hopes of winning enough for a hotel room and a few hot meals. Fate has other ideas and the tourney is called due to the storm and when he’s forced to leave for the night, Jesse winds up huddled under a tree for shelter.

From the moment pack Alpha and bar owner, Cade Reynolds sees the small human male walk into his bar, he knew the stranger is trouble. When he signs up for the pool tournament, Cade lets him play, figuring he’ll leave as soon as he loses, except Jesse wins every game, upsetting a few of his regular customers. The evening takes an odd turn when the weather turn worse and the bar closes early and Cade finds the little human outside under a tree.

Unwilling to leave Jesse outside in the cold and wet, Cade invites him home for the night. It only takes one touch before he realizes that it’s for more than sleeping and that his wolf wants to keep Jesse forever—as his mate.

Contact Point is the first book by Gwendolyn Cease that I’ve read and it was a pleasure. I admit it; I have a soft spot for werewolf stories, especially those featuring big-hearted Alphas falling for their mate; in this case a human, they never thought to find. The chemistry between Jesse and Cade is intense and I liked them both from the beginning. That’s especially true of Jesse. He’s gone through a lot of terrible stuff in his short life and the author has given him a well rounded but wounded persona you just want to take care of---Cade certainly did.

There’s a lot about this story that I enjoyed but the one aspect that really sticks out for me is that despite the werewolf shape-shifter backbone, the story focuses on the human side of the new and growing relationship between Jesse and Cade. Ms. Cease did a very nice job expressing Jesse’s desperation to find a place to call his own and a man to love him and Cade was just as adorably described in his fear of telling his new mate the truth of his were-heritage.

Don’t get me wrong - there is more than enough emphasis on Cade’s werewolf heritage and his Alpha status to satisfy any lover of the genre. And this part of his life is certainly brought to the forefront in a violent fight scene near the end. It’s well done and appropriate for the overall plot and plays out well with the ending. Give this little gem a try, you won’t be sorry you did.

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