Sunday, March 4, 2012

Monsters and Mayhem

Title: Monsters and Mayhem
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-272-X
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx  

Cocky news anchor Samuel Anderson makes the trip to Scotland, certain the UPAC meeting will land him the story of his career. His plans go awry when he insults an elder and winds up mated to Coby Pherson, an arrogant and out-spoken shifter who doesn’t like him. Learning his new mate is a famous shifter, Samuel’s determined to take him on a long national tour, promoting him as the face of the paranormal world. Coby isn’t thrilled with all the attention but it allows him to get acquainted with his mate, while Samuel learns about life as a shifter, which shatters some of his preconceived ideas. Can this selfish human and shifter find a way to live together happily or will their differences drive them apart? 

Monsters and Mayhem is the newest release in the Midnight Matings series, this one by Gabrielle Evans. There have been several in the series that I’ve really enjoyed but this one might be my favorite for the very reason that Coby is none other than the famous “Nessie” of Loch Ness. After all, who doesn’t want to think there’s a water horse swimming around the Loch 

Coby’s pairing with Samuel is a hoot and their being together is like oil and water in the beginning so there’s bound to be conflict. But surprisingly Ms. Evan’s didn’t make an issue of the differences between shifter and human, instead concentrating on their relationship issues and the external conflict coming from the boss’s daughter who wants Samuel for herself. But that doesn’t mean they’re not working on their relationship. They are, but the story doesn’t focus as much on the stipulations of their forced mating as the others, making it much more a regular romance with paranormal components.  

Overall…I liked the details of both Coby and Samuel’s family backgrounds, their physical attraction is sizzling hot, the bantering conversation is fun and their personal growth is realistic. The scene where Samuel sang to Coby is great and when he stood up to his boss, I wanted to cheer. My niggle: Coby is from Scotland but there’s no mention of an accent or him missing the country he’s lived for two hundred years or the Loch where he swims. I just found it strange.

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