Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spells and Bananas

Title: Spells and Bananas
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
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ISBN: 1-61034-734-X
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

After drinking the Elders’ spiked champagne, spider monkey shifter, Kirby Saxon is rescued from an aggressive woman by a kind, hunky man who makes him go all tingly. They don’t have much time and decide to mate now and to get acquainted later, which sounds okay while standing in the chaos of council hall. What Kirby doesn’t know is that male witches can get pregnant…very easily. 

Amery Goddard is a powerful witch over two thousand years old. He works as the Chief Nursing Officer in a hospital in Colorado Springs and is thrilled when Kirby agrees to move across country to live with him. Life is good and Amery is happier than he’s ever been but suddenly his world is disrupted when he’s falsely accused by his employers. He’s devastated by the betrayal but thankful for Kirby’s support. Can they weather the storm caused by Amery’s past or will it destroy their chance at a happy future? 

Spells and Bananas is release nine in the Midnight Matings series. This one by Ms. Flynn is much more fun and lighthearted than the last. Don’t get me wrong. Amery and Kirby have some unhappy, tense moments to work through, but overall the story filled me with smiles and chuckles. I mean Kirby’s a spider monkey shifter…how can that not be humorous?  

Pairing him with a hunky witch filled with insecurities and self-esteem issues was totally unexpected, as was the whole male pregnancy plotline. I would have liked to see more time spent on the reactions and feelings of both Kirby and Amery during the pregnancy, but the plot time devoted to the delivery toward the end was handled nicely. Amery’s betrayal and who was behind it came as a surprise but the whole subplot surrounding it made appearances through the remainder of the story helping to move it along. I do wish Amery didn’t act so much like a girl some of the time. It was a little off-putting considering his size and knowing his witch power.

Even so, I liked this one and was able to zip through it pretty quickly. The story flowed well, had nice character development and enough twists and turns to keep my interest.

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