The Kind: a species of big cat shifter infected with vampyre blood. Leron Wilder is a Reign warrior, protector of the compounds that house the Sovereign Kind. He becomes a jaguar, and is a lone cat. Until the day he walks into the coffee shop owned by his former partner’s mate and meets the new waitress, Corinne Nelson. He accidentally spills hot coffee on her hand, and like any cat, licks it to make it better. With that one taste, he’s lost, and knows Cory is his. Being around her is like being a cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But Cory has secrets, and is hoping to hide them and her past. Can he convince her that he is the one for her? More importantly, once she sees what he is, can she accept him, and will she survive the transformation necessary to make her Leron’s in every way? And will Cory’s past return to keep them apart?
Extra Cream 2: Hot Tin Roof by J. Hali Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly
Leron Wilder is a jaguar of the Kind species, big cat shifters infected with vampyre blood. Nothing has gone right for Leron since his best friend Jag mated with the owner of the local coffee shop. Stuck training a new cat shifter who's a badass wannabe, Leron stops by the coffee shop to seek his ex-partner's advice.
Corinne Nelson loves her new home and her new job as a waitress at the Coffee Swirl, and she's really hoping she won't have to move on this time. Life's finally looking up -- until the hottest man she's ever met walks into the shop -- and licks her hand?
Mating is not something Leron is looking forward to. Yet the minute he tastes the new waitress, he knows he's in serious trouble. She's a flavor he could find addictive. But she's not who she says she is, and everything's falling apart around them. He's starting to feel like a cat on a hot tin roof...
J. Hali Steele has created a species unlike any other. Hot, sexy and gorgeously furry. There is a sense of danger behind her bad boys, but also a sense that they can be the most loyal of beings. I loved that although Leron’s partner has met his mate, the mind link between the two men is as strong as ever. The mystery is an added bit of interest: who is Cory and why is she running away?
The characters are fully developed and beautifully complex. The attraction between Leron and Cory is intense and almost immediate, and the scene in the kitchen of the coffee shop is as hot as any I’ve read. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who wants to visit these exotic cats and their friends. But be sure to take plenty of cold drinks and keep the a/c on high. Do Cory and Leron have the happy ever after they are looking for? You’ll have to read J. Hali Steel’s Hot Tin Roof for the answers.