Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stripes and Twin Horns

Title: Stripes and Twin Horns
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-504-4
Genre: {M/M/M} Contemporary Fantasy Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

The elders of the paranormal world have called a gathering. Blake and Drake, ancient twin unicorn shifters, are two of the individuals attending the UPAC Conference and they only have a few hours to find and claim a mate. As soon as the announcement is over, the room erupts in chaos as violent claimings go on around them. Through the crowd, they see a cute little twink that no one else wants, but that’s perfect for them.  

Blake and Drake have been alone for nearly two thousand years and having a mate to love and care for takes some getting used to. Gilbert’s led a rough life, suffering abuse at the hands of others in his shifter ‘kit’, making him unsettled and jumpy. He needs help in understanding how to deal with two large, dominant mates, making life uneasy for the newly mated trio. Will their mating turn into the blessing they hope for or will Gilbert’s dark past destroy any chance they have of a happy future? 

Stripes and Twin Horns is the newest release in the Midnight Matings series, this one by Joyee Flynn. There have been some strange pairings in this series but putting twin unicorns and a raccoon together in this one might be the oddest one yet.  

Due to their age, Drake and Blake are set in their ways and dealing with a young raccoon shifter who’s suffered years of abuse is difficult. He needs lots of emotional support and while the book could have been depressing, Ms. Flynn handled it with care, keeping it from getting too heavy. That means she interjected plenty of lighthearted and fun moments as the trio got acquainted. And I can’t forget the blistering hot sex either. But there are parts that seem a little stiff and unrealistic…and where I caught myself rolling my eyes.  

Gilbert’s mom is a nice secondary character. She adds a good sense of family and warmth and makes appearances throughout the story. Then there’s the villain. He shows up, adding fear and danger to the storyline…and someone to hate. If you like stories where characters grow, overcome adversity and the pain of their past, then you’ll enjoy this one.

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