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Friday, October 16, 2009

Animal Attraction: Embracing the Leopard by Michelle Houston

Animal Attraction: Embracing the Leopard by Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (19 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Born of leopard shifter parents, Erik had always known his feelings for other men weren’t natural for his kind. Caught between two worlds, his desires for another man and his animal within, he has chosen to be alone rather than surround himself with what he cannot have.

Then Brandon comes into his life, and he discovers a whole new way of looking at things, and of embracing both halves of his nature.

He feels unwanted by his pack because of his preferences. What’s a man to do? He’ll find that Embracing the Leopard will solve everything, if he’s strong enough to accept his fate.

Ms. Houston writes a sweet yet scintillating story of love between two men. You could feel the passion flowing between them from the moment they rekindled the attraction. I liked how the author made you feel Erik’s depression at being shunned by his own pack. Many people can identify with his sadness and longing to find the place he belonged. The impact of the emotion was very strong.

I liked how Brandon, though young, went for exactly what he wanted and showed the maturity to wait for his chance with Erik. It was beautiful to see two people, who really understood each other despite the age difference and time spent apart, find each other and make the relationship work.

I found this story short but touching because we all have felt those feelings of rejection and dissolution because of a choice we’ve made. This story shows that you can overcome your past, you can use it to your advantage, and grow beyond your own capacities.

If you want a sweet and saucy love story, then you need to read Embracing the Leopard. I give this short story 4 cherries.

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