Thursday, December 15, 2011

Crank’s Craving

Title: Crank’s Craving
Authors: Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-900-8
Genre: {M/M} Science Fiction Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx  

Kidnapping Anok seemed like a good idea, since Crank was just trying to keep him safe, but he’s so angry, Crank’s not so sure. With Anok refusing to be mated, Crank’s mating heat is almost out of control and he’ll go feral within days and need to be put down. For the safety of everyone on the Lady Blue, the only answer is for Crank to be sedated until they can decide what to do with him.  

Since he’s never wanted a mate, his feelings for Crank confuse and unsettle Anok and he doesn’t know what to do. Then he learns Crank’s been sedated and everyone on board ship blames him and he doesn’t understand why. There’s only one person who can explain what being mated to the cougar shifter will mean and he’s unconscious in sick bay. Is Anok brave enough to have Crank awakened? And what will it mean for his life? 

The latest release in the Lady Blue Crew series is Crank’s Craving and because the plot and characters continue from one book to the next, they should, in my opinion, be read in order. 

Despite it being a fun read, it still has its fair share of angst and pain as Crank tries to deal with a mate who doesn’t understand or want him. Most of his problems stem from not talking to Anok and explaining what’s going on. Truthfully I have trouble with basing a book premise on two characters not talking. It’s a weak ploy that could easily resolve their problem with one conversation.  

Still I like both Crank and Anok. They’re interesting guys individually and once they get their act together, make a great couple, but it takes a good half of the book for that to happen. During this time emotions between them run high with lots of pain, unease and distress.  The authors did a nice expressing all of these feelings and making Anok understand what being Crank’s mate means. The initial claiming scene where Crank is mentally mostly cougar is handled nicely.  

From this point the story shifts from being relationship to action driven as the Lady Blue and her crew try to escape from the Elite Force creeps chasing them. This portion not only brings in the other couples but also new crew members Mo and Mykel, who we’ll see as the couple featured in the next release, What Once Was Lost.

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