Friday, June 17, 2011

Squeak and a Roar

Title: Squeak and a Roar
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
ISBN: 1-60601-651-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

The elders of the paranormal world are tired of the fighting among their young people and they’ve come up with a plan to stop it. Everyone who attends the UPAC Conference has something slipped in their drinks and it triggers each person’s mating heat, with the result that they have twenty-four hours to find and claim a mate from another species.  

Software developer Gavin Ashby is happy with his life.  He doesn’t want a mate...he just wants to be left alone. It’s not much different with video game tester Ant Marino.  He, too, leads a solitary life and after his last abusive relationship, wants to keep it that way but like Gavin, he’s sucked into the plans of the elders and they end up mated. Both men are unprepared for their feelings and they have more than a few hurdles to overcome. Can they reach out and grab the love being offered or will they let problems continue to get in their way? 

Squeak and a Roar is the first release in the new Midnight Matings series. Ant is a sweet and kind mouse-shifter with the cutest little squeak, and it’s easy to like him from the beginning. Gavin not so much. He’s an arrogant lion and he’s not exactly the warm and fuzzy type, but he’s happy to find a mate he has something in common with. And the blistering hot sex isn’t bad either. Then when things are going well between them, Gavin overreacts about a trust issue and does something in anger, not thinking or caring how it will affect his mate.  This didn’t endear Gavin to me…and then Ant forgives his mate far too easily to be believable, considering how hurt and upset he was. This part of the plot didn’t flow for me and left me with bad feelings for Gavin, even though he managed to redeem himself later. 

The poor relationship between Gavin and his father, the leader of the lion pride, is well developed, giving a good sense of why Gavin acts the way he does. His father is a nut and the author does a nice job working through the difficulties and dangers associated with him, resulting in a satisfying resolution for Gavin/Ant and the pride in the end.

Please be aware that there are numerous typos scattered throughout the manuscript that I found distracting. While the story did have some things I had issue with, I still enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next release in the series, Scales and a Tail.

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