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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Faewolf by DM Atkins and Chris Taylor

Faewolf by D.M. Atkins and Chris Taylor
Publisher: Circlet Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (245 pgs)
Other: M/M, Bestiality, Forced Sex
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Fern

Faewolves, like werewolves, can walk among men. What happens when Kiya White Cloud, a young gay college student in Santa Cruz, wants one of these men enough to risk his heart–and his life? A paranormal m/m erotic romance from Circlet Press, Inc.

Writing a review for the unique and one of a kind, Faewolf, wasn’t easy. There were dark themes that ran deep, and the material wasn’t always easy to read. However, authors D.M. Atkins and Chris Taylor have managed to create something that, even as you long to turn away, you’ll find yourself unable to.

Kiya is an openly gay, and somewhat arrogantly proud, young-man. When you are first introduced to his character, you get a pretty decent look at him on the whole. When he sees something he wants, he’s not afraid to do what it takes to get it. Upon resting eyes on the luscious teacher’s assistant, Brian, he knows he’s found a man he cannot resist. Unfortunately, Brian rebukes his advances, citing it as inappropriate.

Brian is a Faewolf -- half fae, half wolf. As his race continues to dwindle, he has left his pack in search of answers. Now, he is a lone wolf, which is a sad existence for someone of his nature. When he meets Kiya, his wolven half (which is referred to as Saio) comes to life. Both man and wolf want Kiya, but as a wolf, Saio can be dangerous, and Brian doesn’t wish to place Kiya in harm’s way. When Kiya is attacked by a former lover, neither Saio nor Kiya have a choice. A friendship is formed as well as a bond, and as they become closer.

Although the work is cleanly edited and has portions you can’t put down, I found the voice and outlook of Kiya to be disturbingly childlike-like at times, and got the impression I was reading about a teenager versus an adult. I understood that Kiya is in college, but considering the content involved, I was slightly uncomfortable with his maturity level. A large reason for this is that Faewolf contains explicit sexual scenes and themes (including violence, bestiality, forced sexual situations), including one in which the protagonists are forced to have sex while Brian is in wolf form and they are being filmed. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, and I should warn that if that sort of thing is a turn-off for you, it is something to reflect upon when choosing whether or not the story would be something you might enjoy.

With that said, by tackling the taboo(s) in erotica, and allowing Brian’s/Saio’s nature to be revealed on page versus behind closed doors, the authors also ensure the material is original and uncensored. Faewolf is raw, unabashed, and captures the emotion and depth of the characters portrayed, which means you witness everything. This is not your typical shifter romance, but it is a story that will remain with you after you’ve finished.

Although not suitable for everyone, I would recommend Faewolf to those who like dark, original works. If you like to find material that pushes the envelope, you won’t be disappointed by this story.

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