Heat Stroke: Paws to Heal by Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Review by Dandelion
Two were-dogs welcome the return of their former lover back into their arms after being enemy packs for so long. Duke, Katriena, and Eduardo must pause to heal the breach and bring the were-canines and lupines together.
“Paws to Heal” is a quick read, a sexual reunion of three friends who belong to different were-packs but are now mating for the good of their two distinct packs. It’s an interesting tale, featuring a hot ménage that has the added dimension of involving not three new lovers, but three friends from college who are middle-aged but still long for each other and know each other’s favorite sexual tricks and positions.
I liked the interplay between Katriena, the strong-willed, confident “Alpha Bitch,” her husband Eduardo the stocky were-dog, and Duke, the rangy, sexy were-wolf who separated from his friends long ago. It’s a nice “reunion” among middle-aged characters who have loved and missed each other for years. The sex, too, is hot and well-written.
What I found a little awkward was the complex plot that Ms. Austin tried to introduce in the span of such a short story. Apparently, Katriena and Eduardo have guarded a secret about Duke’s identity for years – and this reunion is a celebration of this secret. However, this explanation is too rushed for a story of this length. It’s not clear that their two packs were enemies, either. I don’t think the author needed to include this plot twist at all; and with a rushed explanation of it, I was simply left wanting more.
Overall, though, “Paws to Heal” is a quick, entertaining read. It should please those readers looking for a good ménage story that can be read in a single afternoon!