Monday, September 9, 2013

Texas Longhorn Surprise

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publishers URL: http:/www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-77111-656-5
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Ryan hopes that by helping Kontra’s group of shifters take out one of the scientists research facilities, it will help him make up for falling for the scientists line of bull.  He did not expect one of Kontra’s men to be his mate so does not know if he should bring his past up, or if it would be safer to stay quiet.

The thirteenth book in the Kontra’s Menagerie series, Texas Longhorn Surprise, is the story of Ryan and Sam.  Readers may remember Ryan from his brief appearance in Solider of Fortune’s Downfall.  In this newest story, the readers learn how Ryan became involved with the scientists, as well as some of the things he was forced to do.    I really felt bad for the former military man, especially when he is faced with possibly killing a rogue shifter. 

Sam is one of Kontra’s men.  The author reveals a lot about Sam’s past, and I must say readers will be shocked by what the shifter went through.  His past has some dark moments that left more than physical scars.  He always hoped finding his mate would help him overcome his past so Ryan’s reaction to the news that they are mates devastates Sam.

These two men have the mating pull right from the beginning, but each has issues in their past that they have to overcome first.  I like that the author did not whitewash the problems these two face.  I really felt for Sam in the beginning when Ryan denies him.  I do understand, however, why Ryan was so hesitant to get involved with Sam, and like Ryan, wondered how the shifters would react when they found out about what Ryan had been forced to do. 

Ms. Richards is able to bring together couples facing all type of issues.  That she is able to bring Sam and Ryan together in a believable way will not surprise the many readers that love her stories.  There are many shifter couples from previous stories around to help the men find their way.  The secondary characters also add a few laughs and don’t forget the action once they set out to hit the scientist’s facility. 

This was a fun story and, as more and more of Kontra’s men find their mates, I can’t help wonder how many more stories we will see in this series.

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