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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chasing Her Tail by Katie Allen

Chasing Her Tail by Katie Allen
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal
Length: Short Story (155 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, spanking, anal play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

As a first-grade teacher, Bridget thinks she’s prepared for anything a classroom of six-year-olds can throw at her. So it’s a bit of a shock when she’s bitten by a were-puppy and transformed into a dog.

As if peeing outside, excessive furriness and squirrel-chasing urges aren’t enough, it seems as if everyone is after Bridget—including a billionaire with an unhealthy interest in the paranormal, and Micah, the smoking-hot uncle of her were-puppy student.

When she takes refuge with Hammer, a kind stranger who has the body of a god and feeds her hamburgers, Bridget thinks she’s safe. Micah’s hot on her trail, however, and the crazy billionaire isn’t about to let a were-dog slip through his fingers. Meanwhile, Hammer is determined to discover the truth about the mysterious woman who visits his bedroom at night—wearing nothing but a black leather collar.

Ever wonder what life is like as a dog and wonder what it would be like to be privy to a man’s secrets because he thinks you’re a dog? Then get ready for an exciting, hot and hysterical story of a woman who finds more than puppy love.

Bridget is cute as a human and positively endearing as a newly made dog. The perspective of a human female coming to grips with the instincts of the canine world made for lots of laughs, very hot observations and excitement and made this book a fast read. Ms. Allen has given Bridget a unique voice and I chuckled at her reactions to petting, eating hamburgers and getting her ears scratched. I enjoyed the push-pull of her thoughts when her doggie self wanted one thing and her human self was affronted by the very thought of it.

Micah is one of the men in her life, both as a human and as a dog. He’s quite yummy and acts like an alpha with her. He is also very worried for her safety because he knows something that Bridget doesn’t and he’s not too sure how to protect her. Good thing Bridget found an owner.

Hammer is one alpha dude with whole lot of attitude and history. He has a scary and intimidating personality because he’s ex-military. But one look at Bridget the dog and he’s a big cream puff. I enjoyed the aspect of him being so open and communicative when she’s just a dog. A reader gets a good idea about Hammer because it’s told through Bridget’s observation of him. She gets to see the unvarnished truth without all the usual macho stuff that men do to impress women. He is what he is and she likes what she sees and hears. The fun comes in when he catches Bridget back in human form. No wait, it’s also extremely funny when he has to come to terms with the fact that shifters exist. In fact there are many parts that are amusing with Hammer – he’s a terrific guy.

Speaking of fun - there is a lot of that going on. First, Hammer thought she was a dream. And because of that dream assumption, Bridget does things that are typically out of character for her. Personally, I think she’s finally getting in touch with her inner vixen. It’s also pretty nifty to be able to disappear into the form of a dog because it’s a failsafe way of having her fun without the morning after issues. The romance starts building when she starts realizing that she wants more than steak on a plate; she wants Hammer. Then there is the delicious development when Micah turns out to be more beta when he is in the presence of Hammer. Get ready for some hot and heavy man loving. If that wasn’t enough to get me salivating, it’s spiced up when Bridget joins in. Then the pages positively steam and scorch from the passion that erupts between the three of them. I think lovers of erotic romance are going to be pretty happy with the well written and inventive scenes in this book. I think Hammer is perfect as the dominant. I liked Bridget’s heightened sexual courage and Micah’s push-pull of command and submission.

The story isn’t all wagging tails and sensual hi-jinks. There is an external conflict which, excuse the pun, dogs Bridget’s steps throughout the book. A freaky mad scientist is determined to exploit the paranormal aspect of Bridget’s very existence and uses Micah’s family member to flush her out. He’s diabolical, demented and warped – a very convincing villain. Out of that fiasco is an interesting black wolf. I’m never really sure if he’s a real wolf or something more. I think more and if so, Ms. Allen certainly has left a carrot dangling for this reader because even in wolf form I sense a being with attitude. One I’d love for her to explore a bit more.

Chasing Her Tail gets the high marks from me for the sheer inventive point of view from a woman gone to the dogs. I experienced a gamut of emotions while reading this book - from amazement, joyful laughter, worry, suspense, sappy happiness, fast breathing from all those bedroom antics (and other rooms) and outrage on behalf of little Sam, the puppy who started all. It has a happy HEA and is a book worth reading but I’d recommend having something nearby to cool down with because this story isn’t stingy on the lovin’.

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