Thursday, September 22, 2011

Werewolf at the Zoo

Title: Werewolf at the Zoo
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-55487-875-8
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Travis is one of the vets at the local zoo.  He’s not surprised when he comes across the unusual every now and then but he never expects to find the man of his dreams.  Or that Rainy would turn out to be a werewolf. 

Werewolf at the Zoo was a great read and a terrific way to start a new series.  Usually the Alpha of the pack would get the first book but in Werewolf at the Zoo, the first book in the Wolves of Stoneridge, the main shifter is the pack’s accountant.  

Rainy is at the zoo looking for his brother, who has been taken by poachers.  While the concept of poachers is not a laughing matter, the fact that a shifter would find his way to a zoo is a little on the funny side.  Travis is the vet at the zoo and very much in the closet.  After seeing his parents’ reaction years ago when a friend came out, he has no desire to come out.  Travis is leery of the feelings he is developing for Rainy and what that could mean to his life.  The author does a wonderful job bringing this conflict across realistically.  The passion the two have is intense and heats up the pages.  When Travis’s parents find out, the outcome is almost predictable.   

There are many secondary characters, some who get their story told at the same time as Travis and Rainy, and others who will get later stories.  While the characters must deal with problems from outside forces, the issue of poaching is carried over to other stories. 

While this author is a new one for me, I will most definitely make an effort to look for more of her books. 

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