Friday, December 23, 2011

Splash and Elegance

Title: Splash and Elegance
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-177-4
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Whitley Turner is so socially awkward and forgettable that he’s practically invisible to everyone around him. Learning of the elders' plans to force a mate on everyone doesn’t upset him, but instead gives him a glimmer of hope that someone might want him. So when he ends up mated to an orca shifter he’s not certain what to think. 

Jude Chambers has been trying to get close to the shy swan shifter for months. With a little manipulation added to the elders' plans, he has Whitley exactly where he needs him…as his new mate. Except now Jude feels guilty because Whitley isn’t the arrogant creep he thought. His plans are ready to be put into action but it doesn’t take long for Whitley to realize he’s being used. When the truth comes out, can he forgive Jude or will the lies drive them apart forever? 

Splash and Elegance by Gabrielle Evans is release thirteen in the Midnight Matings series. It’s well written, with an interesting, suspense filled plot but not my favorite of the group. Yes there’s almost instant sex and mating between Jude and Whitley but that doesn’t mean love and trust come easy for them. For a big portion of the story, it focuses on the secrets they’re both dealing with…especially Jude, and his arrogant attitude and disregard for Whitley feelings, taking away some of my enjoyment.  

Eventually we discover the reason behind Jude’s actions and it kind of redeems him but only to a point, since he could have accomplished his task by another method. But by then I couldn’t find an emotional attachment to him, knowing how badly he’d treated his mate. That’s not the case with Whitley, who Ms. Evan gave a much more winning personality. He’s a real sweetie who deserved a better life and I enjoy how he managed to learn to stand up for himself in the end. He wasn’t a doormat any longer. 

If you like suspense, drama, lots of sizzling sex, and plenty of misunderstandings all in a paranormal story, then give this one a try. Look for Monsters and Mayhem, coming next.

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