Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Title: Uncaged
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-129-6
Genre: {M/M} Shape-shifters
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Gorilla-shifter Kong really hates cages. So when Dakota and his mate, Jax, fly in from Wyoming to the rescue, Kong is really grateful. Meanwhile, Reporter Derek MacCaffrie has a lead on a possible shifter living in the wilds of Wyoming. When Kong decides to leave Shifting Sands Ranch, he comes upon a house bordered by woods. Kong also discovers the wonderful scent of a human like none he has ever encountered before. Unable to resist, Kong enters the house to meet Derek who promptly faints dead away upon seeing a gorilla sitting on the other side the room.

Uncaged is the third book in the superb In Their Own Skins series. Previous books consist of Shifting Sands and Mark of Cain. Three bonus shapeshifter short stories included with the book are Glitter Palms, Divinity Park and Killer Love.

In this installment, the residents of the Shifting Sands Ranch are publicly exposed. It is up to Alpha wolf Jax and bear Dakota to fight for the rights of shifters, along with keeping their family together. The plot illustrates all the unsavory sides of humanity when people are presented with diversity of any kind. Fame and fortune is the main motivators with a side dish of constraining anyone out of the ordinary. The characters are believable. Rather than suffer rejection from humans, as well as other shifters, Kong spends most of his time as a gorilla or adopts strange behaviors when in human form. However, underneath his façade, Kong is a considerate man. Derek is also a considerate man, when he realizes writing an exposé on the shifters may cost him Kong’s affection. Derek’s priorities immediately change, once he comprehends the magnitude of damage his story could cause. Uncaged is humorous, psychologically stimulating in addition to being heartwarming. The gifted Kiernan Kelly has added another extraordinary installment to this exceedingly enjoyable series.


Kiernan_Kelly said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review! You once again made my day. :)

Chocolate Minx said...

I do luv those shifters, plus the banana boat song is stuck in my head now, ROTFL