Saturday, October 1, 2011

Howl and Harmony

Title: Howl and Harmony
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
ISBN: 1-61034-785-4
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Milo Gavari is a man who doesn’t do relationships or commitments, which explains the steady stream of men through his bedroom for one-night stands. He’s not thrilled with the elders mating plans and while trying to escape the ballroom chaos, a sweet sound catches his attention.  

It doesn’t take long for Milo to lose control, claiming the song’s owner in the middle of the ballroom floor. Lark’s thrilled with his new mate and quickly realizes the hellhound is his other half. He doesn’t care about Milo’s cold reputation and knows that deep down, there’s a tenderhearted lover just waiting to come to the surface. Now if he can just get his nosy aunts and Milo’s arrogant father to leave them alone, they might have a chance to build a life together. 

Howl and Harmony by Gabrielle Evans is book eleven in the Midnight Matings series. This one’s a fun, lighthearted read and certain parts had me grinning or chuckling. I just couldn’t stop myself. There’s something about this well-thought-out pairing of a big, burly hellhound with a small, rather delicate siren that appealed to me. I especially liked that Lark’s wonderful voice could indeed soothe Milo’s savage beast…it’s corny but cute.  

Milo and Lark as different as different can be but from the beginning, they get along great, inside the bedroom and out…think sizzling hot passion and sex. It’s their two odd families creating problems for them. That initially means Lark’s 27 interfering aunts…I know, a crazy number. It’s during this portion of the story where we’re given a truly interesting look into Lark’s family history and how they know the identity of their mate. Then there’s Milo’s father, the mythical hellhound Cerberus, who isn’t a nice guy and has a really bad attitude problem. Adding these unique secondary characters changes this pleasant read, which is mostly entertaining fluff, into a story with depth, suspense and betrayal. It takes some twists and turns, including the unexpected appearance of a god, for Ms. Evans to get things straightened out but she does it and supplies the guys with a satisfying happy ending.

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