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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn

Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

The Gathering is called. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings.

Sterling Roane has a job to perform. He is the personal bodyguard of a vampire coven leader. When the council of elders decrees that everyone needs to find a mate, Sterling isn't interested, but he can't deny the mating heat sweeping through his body.

Still, he has a mission to complete and a coven leader to protect. When a wolf shifter interferes with that duty, the fight is on. Before Sterling knows it, he's accidentally mated to the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Region. It's just too bad that his new mate swears he isn't gay. It gets even worse when Sterling finds out that Beau is engaged to be married.

Heartbroken, Sterling drops Beau off in the middle of nowhere and flees back to New York only to find out that the hell waiting for him there is worse than what he left in a Wyoming airport. Someone is trying to claim him, and it's not his mate.

With every new addition to the Midnight Matings series we meet character who are forced together when in their regular lives would never have met. The whole concept of forcing individuals of different species to mate makes for some very entertaining reading and for some of the sweetest love stories I have ever read.

Sterling and Beau are victims like all the other paranormals attending the council meeting and are accidently mated to one another. This relationship starts off rocky and full of misunderstandings and misgivings. Sterling is a vampire who found himself mated to an alpha werewolf. Sterling may be a small man but he is a strong force to be reckoned with. I really liked this character. His small size gives people the impression that he isn’t a threat but he is the biggest threat anyone could come against. He also has a quick witted personality and he pushes the buttons of others around him and especially his mate.

Beau is the alpha of the Pacific Northwest region and being gay had never entered his mind until he meets Sterling. Beau is a man who goes through his own self-discoveries to become the mate that Sterling needs. Yes, at first this two hundred year old werewolf tries to ignore the attraction and pull to Sterling but he cannot deny what is in his heart. This character is a different spin on how an alpha should act. He’s sensitive and caring and willing to share control when it comes to his and Sterling’s bedroom activities. For me Beau came off as a very likable man who is doing his best to feel his way through all these new emotions he is experiencing.

Conflicts come in pairs where this couple is concerned. Sterling’s ex-coven leader has lost his marbles and thinks Sterling is his and his alone. Then Beau’s fiancĂ© of convenience is not taking the broken engagement well. Both these men are strong and capable of taking care of themselves and each other; it’s just allowing the other to face unknown danger that seems to be their main problem. And with scorned individuals from their past they will need all the help they can get to have good over come evil.

There was a character by the name of Micah that made an impact in this story. His role within the story was small but memorable and I would like to see him get his own story.

Ms. Glenn paired together two men who butt heads yet complement each other so well. Their love is one of struggles at first but worth it in the end. Besides being a love story it was also very funny at times. The dialogue between Sterling and Beau was realistic and gave me a good chuckle. This author has the ability to bring a tear to my eye and make me laugh out loud and I look forward to reading more from this complicated world of forced matings.

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