Friday, July 15, 2011

Call and Answer

Title: Call and Answer
Author: Val Kovalin
Publisher: Amber Allure

ISBN: 978-1-61124-083-2
Genre: {M/M} Nostalgic Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Interracial
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

For Henri Broussard, life is just beginning.  He didn’t anticipate encountering a man who makes him ache for sex or who could thoroughly awaken his passionate nature.  That’s just what he finds in Gabriel.   

To most, Gabriel appears to be a handsome black musician but to those who are aware of his true nature, Gabriel is known to be a very old and powerful alligator shape-shifter.  When Gabriel shows Henri the truth, will he run away or will he embrace the important role he is to play during Gabriel’s season? 

Val Kovalin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  This talented writer has brought us characters with depth, beautiful settings and life lessons in this wonderfully told tale.  Henri and Gabriel’s attraction is mutual and instantaneous.  There was no doubt that they would become lovers, but there was an uncertainty of how close they would allow the other to get. 

The plot is simple but thanks to the complex characters, it doesn’t feel as if it’s a story I’ve read before.  The imagery of Gabriel’s shifting took my breath away.  I could imagine his body gliding through the bayou, and only wished I was there in person to see in myself.  With a touch of suspense, drama, and action the story is complete and entertaining.  It truly drew me in from the opening lines.

Ms. Kovalin leaves the ending open, which I hope means there will be at least one future story for the two men.  I, for one, will be the first in line to read more about this couple.  Those who enjoy paranormal tales will enjoy reading Call and Answer.

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