Friday, September 7, 2012

Hot and Cold


Title: Hot and Cold
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren Book-Strand
Publisher URL: www.sirenbookstrand.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62241-055-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Theris wasn’t supposed to have a mate so the elders didn’t invite him to the UPAC gathering. He knew the big event was happening and thought it might be exciting—that something interesting might occur—so he showed up anyway. Theris was right. He just didn’t realize the excitement would be meeting Ry, the most gorgeous man he’d ever seen.

When Ryo Dantis’ grandfather sends him to the gathering, he isn’t thrilled, especially after hearing the elders’ crazy toast.  That changes when he spies the cute guy with the brilliant smile across the room. After chatting for a few minutes, Ry decides Theris will make him the perfect mate.  It doesn’t matter how happy Ry is with his new mate, his grandfather’s furious he didn’t mate with a female. That anger with Ry’s disobedience turns to threats and when Theris disappears, Ry’s frantic. Can he find the man he loves before it’s too late?

Hot and Cold is Gabrielle Evans newest release in the Midnight Matings series. It’s an easy read—a fun romance with another interesting pairing.  This time it’s a Djinn and a Reaper, both of which I’ve never read as characters in any paranormal story. It’s an unexpected choice that I appreciated.

For a story of a little over 35K, I thought the personalities of Ry and Theris were pretty well-developed and I enjoyed how they interacted, even if their relationship gets off to a quick start. The little bit of light BDSM in their relationship surprised me since it wasn’t mentioned in the blurb, so just be aware. There are a few secondary characters that the author gave starring roles. Ry’s grandfather, our evil villain—I like how Ry stood up this jerk—and a couple of interesting friends of Theris. You’ll find them and where they live very interesting (spoiler alert).  There are several twists and turns that take the plot into directions I didn’t expect but the ending is a little abrupt. Even so, overall I enjoyed the premise for the story and found the characters very appealing. 

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