Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Soothing the Zebra’s Fears

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0076-7
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

At nearly 300 years old, Diego realized that if he ever wants to have a mate, he would have to go looking.  Unfortunately that means leaving his position as alpha and hitting the road with Kontra and his group.  While he likes the guys, he is having a harder time not being an alpha than he thought he would.  Everything changes when he smells his mate, who has no idea that he himself is a shifter.

Soothing the Zebra’s Fears is the latest addition to the Kontra’s Menagerie series.  This story finds Kontra and his men once again on the road, when a stop for chow brings them trouble they weren’t expecting, thanks to Diego meeting Zachary.  I liked the way in which the author introduces Zachary to both the readers and Diego.  This is a young man who is used to being under his mother’s thumb to some extent, and while Diego acted as if the younger man was a shifter, Zachary has no idea about this part of his heritage.  It is easy to see that the younger man’s mother is not happy about the date Diego and her son are planning on going on, but I assumed it was just the reactions of an over-protective, prejudiced mother.  The real reason will surprise the reader and the final show down is very interesting. 

As for our main characters, Diego and Zachary make a great couple.  Because of his age, Diego is a little jaded while Zachary is on the innocent side so they end up balancing each other perfectly.  I loved watching Diego introduce Zachary to the shifter world.  The younger man’s reaction to the others shifting around him is what you would expect from someone who has no knowledge of the shifter world.  The connection between these two is strong, even in the beginning, and the chemistry between them is intense. 

Fans of this series are sure to love this new book. 

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