Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Whiskers of a Chance

Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634765251
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Keith can’t stay under his father’s roof one more day.  The only way to get his freedom, even if just temporary, is for him, his sister and her son to buy a home away from the tribe.  What Keith does not plan on is meeting his mate the day he moves in.  Now he has even more reasons to find a way to get out from under his father’s thumb.

Whiskers of a Chance is a new paranormal romance from Tempeste O’Riley.  This story centers on Keith, a Lynx shifter.  While wolves are still one of my favorites, I like this switch as it helps the story stand out from others in this sub-genre.  As is normal for this sub-genre, the shifters know when they have come across their mates, so when Keith is enticed by a wonderful smell as he is moving into his new home; he knows his mate is nearby.  He prays the gods have given him a male mate but is shocked when that mate is also human.  Keith’s father is a bit of an ass, so Keith has only a narrow understanding of the shifter world he lives in.  This means there are times when he is not sure how to proceed with his mating to Jason. 

Jason is a human who finds it is easier to work from home than being surrounded by people on a constant basis.  He would love to have someone by his side but does not ever see that happening.  When he sees his new neighbor, he’s intrigued and decides to introduce himself.  What follows shocks Jason but he is in no hurry to change things.  The author did a great job with Jason.  He comes across in a way that the reader will find themselves rooting for him, while also understanding the way he feels and his actions after everything about Keith is revealed.  I liked that he needs clarification of Keith’s feelings and is unwilling to mate the Lynx shifter just because there is some magical pull tying the men together. 

There is a lot of tension between the main characters and I like that the author does not have them automatically falling over each other just because there is a strong connection between them.  I also like that Keith is willing to give Jason some time even though that causes problems for Keith and his Lynx.  

The author also throws more problems into the story when it becomes necessary for Keith to do something about his father.  There are some secondary characters that play important roles in this story and I think it would be interesting to see them get stories of their own.  Whiskers of a Chance is a great book for those who love shifter stories.  There is a lot of romantic tension, as well as outside issues, to keep the story moving.  The main characters easily pull the reader into the story and readers will find themselves rooting for both of them.  Whiskers of a Chance is one story that will find itself on many reader’s keeper shelves.

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