Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Fangs and a Hoof

Title: Two Fangs and a Hoof
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-587-8
Genre: {M/M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Shea Mayer isn’t thrilled to be attending the UPAC Conference, held every four years but he’s furious after he drinks a glass of champagne and hears the crazy proclamation of the elders. Before he can take a step to escape, Shea finds he’s in a tug-of-war with two vampires and he’s the prize they’re claiming. He isn’t pleased. 

After their birth coven tried to kill them for being gay, Calin and Dustin ran away to the city and have been on their own since, struggling to make a living and pay their bills. They didn’t mean to claim Shea as their mate against his will and they’re devastated when he rejects them, just like everyone else in their lives. Is there any way for these three to move past the hurt and pain caused by their forced mating or will they exist as strangers for the rest of their long lives? 

Two Fangs and a Hoof is the fourth release in the Midnight Matings series and this one is by Joyee Flynn. I’m still having trouble with the forced mating premise and while I understand that the facts of what the elders did can’t change, I wish a way could have been found around the repetition of so much dialogue in the opening scene.  

One of the things I enjoyed about this story was the unexpected pairing of submissive vampire predator versus dominant herbivore. It’s not something I’ve seen before so it was a treat that allowed a number of interesting twists and turns throughout the plot. It also helps that Calin and Dustin are so cute and endearing, despite being a bit childish at times. I can only assume Ms. Flynn did that intentionally, due to the way they were raised in their backwards puritanical coven. The conflict between Shea, Calin and Dustin go on for a good chunk of the story but when the change in their relationship occurs, it’s like turning on a light switch fast…it’s too fast. 

Be aware that the story is told in Shea’s POV, so we don’t get the chance to see how Calin or Dustin feels. Also, if you’re squeamish, the later scenes during which a furious, and on the rampage, Shea is rescuing his mates turn graphically bloody. The next book in the series is Fang and Fur.

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