Wednesday, September 7, 2011

White Paws and a Dream

Title: White Paws and a Dream
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-710-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Ifan Vashnikov is called to the UPAC Conference, he isn’t thrilled. He attends because he doesn’t have a choice but when he learns of their plan, he’d rather go feral than have a mate forced on him. Not that the Elders care what he think and Ifan finds himself mated, even without drinking the spiked champagne.  To irritate him more, he learns his mate is a human, being cared for to insure his safety. 

Misha is a dreamwalker, the most powerful in a thousand years and his father wants to use his ability for evil. He’s being tortured when he’s rescued and taken to the UPAC Council to recover. Misha hopes to meet the man he’s been sharing dreams with but when they meet, Ifan doesn’t remember him. He’s hurt and doesn’t know what to do. Should he give life with Ifan a chance or would it be better to run? 

White Paws and a Dream is release eight in the Midnight Matings series and is by Stormy Glenn. It’s a much darker and more serious tale than any of the other books, which took me by surprise. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and Ms. Glenn has again wrote a well plotted, smooth flowing and entertaining story but this one had little to even smile about. Misha’s life is hard. He’s been emotionally and physically abused by his power-hungry father for years and then the Elders turn around and assign him a mate. It makes for a tense and painful introduction between Ifan and Misha. 

Misha is very interesting and vastly different from others in the series, so far. He’s the first human mate and the first with an ability so out of the mainstream in the paranormal world. I loved the creativity of this selection and putting him with the protective and isolationist Ifan worked perfectly. He’s a dominant guy others don’t want to mess with since his white tiger is uber-protective. 

Secondary characters are numerous and weave in and out of the story. I liked Brodelyn, the UPAC Historican that showed up at important spots along the way and I’d like to see him again. Then there was the villain and his minion. The scenes involving these two unsavory individuals are handled well - filled with action and result in a satisfying ending.

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