Shepherd’s Watch: Serviced by J. Hali Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/F, fetish (food play)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Ren Alsatian is no one's guide dog, but when forced to care for a blind woman, the last thing Ren expects is the straight-laced librarian who reads him like a book. She fills his dreams nightly with page after page of raw sex between the dusty aisles. He wants to show her how to smell, touch and taste again.
Marguerite Pinkston knows it isn't going to be easy living with the service animal assigned to her. She dislikes dogs and this one comes with a handler whose husky voice and wild, sexy scent enflame her with visions of entwined bodies. If only she could see...
Rescue comes in all shapes and sizes and breeds.
Few books capture my attention within the first few pages, but this one did. J. Hali Steele captured mine right off the bat. Her characters came alive for me, even when they didn’t behave as I’d suspected. I felt like I was right there with them, going through the motions and learning to love without condition.
As soon as I met Ren, I wasn’t sure I’d like him. He came across as a bit brash and selfish, but as the story grew, so did he. It wasn’t like I got a clear picture of him at first and thank goodness. His devotion and need to be what Margy wanted was refreshing. It was an added bonus that he happened to shift into the very dog I love the most. Think of all the police officers who’d be just divine as shepherd shifters.
Margy was interesting in her own right. She’s blind but not helpless. She wants to do things on her own. Wants to see as she had before, but things happen. Doesn’t hurt that a darned handsome man happens to be her protector while she goes through the physical therapy. I liked how she and Ren had a connection prior to the story, albeit non-consummated. The pairing is simply sexy and I wanted to see them get the happy-ever-after they deserved.
Although the bit of miscommunication was awkward, I liked it because it was human. We all go through spots where we goof up our lives thinking we’ve done something good and it wasn’t or vice versa. That made the story more realistic and a better read.
If you want a story that’s got lots of heart and heat, then you need to read Shepherd’s Watch: Serviced. And yes, I do hope Ms. Steele writes more for the rest of the clan. I give this story 4 cherries.