Birthday Shift by Jasmine Aherne
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (42 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Following a disastrous love life, Molly Jenkins likes her life alone even though her best friend and her mother think differently. Cue her birthday gift of a cat; one male who won’t cheat on her!
Molly soon comes to rely on her new friend, so imagine her surprise when he reveals himself to be a Fae shape shifter, exiled from the Faewild and driven to find a human lover for bonding.
Shy of romance, Molly is slow to trust the new man in her life. But the sexual tension between them can’t be denied. Will Marissa choose to bind Cade to her forever or send him back to the Fae world alone?
In the mood for a short story heavy on seduction and romance without excessive conflict? Then this story delivers.
Birthday Shift follows Molly after she receives a wonderful gift from her best friend. I thought it great that she had a friend who cared so much for her wellbeing, even going to so far as to pick out the perfect companion.
Molly is independent, focused and a very driven woman. She’s happy with the direction her life has taken but there’s just that one little something missing – she’s dateless. Seems a lot of the guys she’s tried dating leave a lot to be desired and truly her litany of her experiences sort of scared me. So it was no surprise that she’d pour all her affection into something cute, adorable and who loved her right back.
Enter Cade the cat who’s more than he seems. His nature is the same in both forms but his agenda is simple – love Molly. Cade was almost too perfect as he never rushed the relationship per se. He seduced her, teased her and was gentle and ardent. He put her first in all things and as I got to know him, I realized that he has a bit more emotional depth that at first revealed.
The story is told from Molly’s perspective and a reader gets to know her through her internal dialogue. Just how special Cade is gets disclosed through an interesting conversation between Molly and her best friend, Lil. Lil is a bit more special than I expected which provided some fascinating reading.
On the whole, Birthday Shift is a sweet romance which packs just the right amount of heat to satisfy the romantic in any reader. The hero and heroine are perfect for each other and the story was entertaining. Check out this story if you need a quick infusion of sensual cheer.