Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Snakeskin Boots

Title: Snakeskin Boots
Author: Xara X. Xanakas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-117-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

In Jeff Cordata’s world, wolves are dangerous and meant to be avoided. Not that he has much luck with men, anyway. He’s found it’s not easy being a were-boa-constrictor in a world where wolves are seen as sexy and desirable. 

It turns out bookstore customer Brad Cannidy’s been watching Jeff for weeks and Mr. Clueless never noticed. Jeff’s shocked when the sexy wolf asks him out, but after his family’s bad history with wolves, his first thought is to run. When he and Jeff are starting their relationship, his ex-boyfriend Michael re-enters his life…only as a pair of snakeskin boots. Someone is turning snake shifters into fashion accessories and while they hunt for the people responsible, Jeff and Brad must decide if it’s possible for a wolf and snake to make a life together. 

Snakeskin Boots is the first release is the new series Were Menagerie by Xara X. Xanakas. This author is a new one for me and after reading this fun, entertaining and humorous story, it won’t be my last. I mean this refreshing look into the paranormal world is really funny and had me chuckling from the first page. How crazy is the pairing of a wolf and snake? The author even included a whole group of weres’ from scorpion, to bear, elephant and even spider monkey. I, for one, can’t wait for the next book in this unique series to see what happens next. According to the website, it’s supposed to be Flight of the Spider Monkey, so watch for it. 

Jeff has a unique and often sarcastic way of looking at the world. He’s pleasant, kindhearted, depressed and has low self-esteem, so he can’t believe hunky Brad could be interested in him. Brad is just the opposite and knows exactly what he wants, and is determined to have Jeff for his own, despite the roadblocks thrown in their way. That means problems with various family members, nest and pack, and a villain torturing and killing snake shifters. This story has it all. It’s well written, has a smooth flow, it’s filled with bantering dialogue, great secondary characters, blistering hot sex, and plenty of action near the end. If you love shifter stories, give this one a try.

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