Friday, July 22, 2011

Fang and Fur

Title: Fang and Fur
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-631-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Vampire Sterling Roane doesn’t like being the bodyguard to his coven leader but it’s still his duty to protect him.  That changes the night of the UPAC Conference when he’s accidentally mated to Beau Garret, the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Region. A man who claims he isn’t gay and, even worse, is engaged to a woman. 

Heartbroken to learn his mate doesn’t want him, Sterling lands his jet in the middle of nowhere, dropping off Beau before heading back to New York. He doesn’t realize that what’s waiting for him is worse than anything he left behind, because someone back home wants to claim him and it isn’t his mate. 

Fang and Fur is release five in the Midnight Matings series, this one by Stormy Glenn. The concept of the forced mating hasn’t changed but this time, there’s a twist giving hope if it didn’t work. This is also the first time I saw one of the elders might have a plan behind what they were doing with the mating edict. Otherwise, it just seems like another means to hold power over the members of the paranormal community. I’m crossing my fingers for more explanations in the future. 

I admit to liking Sterling immediately. He’s an honorable man who’s trying to do the best he can. Beau’s so shocked at being mated he didn’t handle it well, making Sterling miserable which didn’t endear him to me. Initially, their actions are based on all over-the-top-emotions. I found this surprising coming from two such duty-bound individuals, but Ms. Glenn used her creativity to save a situation spiraling out of control and got it back on track and did it believably. She even managed to get Sterling’s uncle, Elder Lewis, back into the story briefly even if he did appear an insensitive jerk. 

The problems with the coven leader surprised me but the ones with the ex-girlfriend didn’t. I mean, the woman got dumped for a man, so yes, she’s angry and a werewolf. I couldn’t expect anything else. Still it was handled nicely and gave the story more interest and didn’t bog it down, making the plot arc an entertaining part of the book. And of course the villains get their just desserts in the end. Sterling and Beau have problems but when they finally get together, it’s sizzling hot, giving them the physical and emotional bond they both want and need. I’m anxious to see what happens with the next set of releases coming in August.

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