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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Protect and Serve: Sex on the Hoof by Silvia Violet

Protect and Serve: Sex on the Hoof by Silvia Violet
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Deer shifter Jason Fleetfoot has turned his life around. After years of taking chances, he's got a job as a crime lab technician, and he's determined to forgo the risky behavior of his past.

Then he meets Drew Danvers, the only undead detective in the city. Jason hates vampires, or does he? Drew defies all the stereotypes of his kind and something about him has taken hold of Jason and won't let go.

Will Jason take a chance on a man others would label a risk to his health if not his very life?

This book was so much fun for me on a couple of levels. Imagine a buck and a vampire falling in love at one of the worst possible times resulting in the best of everything. Very romantic.

One of the reasons I jumped on this title when it became available was because it was about Jason. I’d met him in a previous installment of Protect and Serve when his sister, Natalie needed saving. Well, so did Jason, and this is his story after the fact. This adorable little gem stands alone just fine but since I’d read the previous book, I knew more about just how dire his situation had been and in this installment, just how far he’d come. I was so happy to find out he’d get his happy ever after but never imagined who it’d be with.

Jason knew he messed up before so he’s doing his darndest to make his sister proud and recoup some of his lost pride. I think the job the author matched him up with was perfect. I knew he was loyal and dedicated as well as a braniac. What I did not know was his aversion to vampires. How ironic that the one man who makes his blood sing and his dreams burn his inner eyelids from imagined passion would turn out to be a vampire. And yet, I really respected Jason because he didn’t cast generic aspersions or run around with a phobia so encompassing that he’d stake an innocent man, although a dead one. He remained professional and calm. That is until one of the bad guys threw a curve ball and presented Jason with a slight dilemma. That was yummy, in a twisted sort of way.

Drew is part of that dilemma. But he’s also Jason’s personal thorn and eventual salvation. Drew is more the tortured hero in this book. Once I found out about his background I felt a lot of emotion for him. I would have liked to have explored him a bit more because a man who can rise above the horror foisted upon him has to have an incredible inner core of steel and integrity. As it is, the author only allowed me a glimpse of his depths. The bane of a short story is the length of the tale.

Both men are strong and took turns telling their side in each chapter as first person point of view. At first, I was all excited about Jason, but Drew quickly engaged my interest. I credit that to being able to see into his head, by getting to see the taffy pull battering his emotions inside throughout the story. Sure, Jason has his share but it’s not the searing pain that Drew has to deal with. It was a great hook.

The dialogue is brisk and informative, the editing clean and the characters fun. The only drawback for me was the brevity of information. I could have used a bit more background on Drew, a bit more meat between scene changes and believe it or not, more loving words between Drew and Jason. Their bodies talked the loudest and the author certainly wrote scenes that pleased my fast beating little heart. I just wanted a tiny bit more emotional connection because then I truly would have been assured that Jason and Drew would be together, forever. Maybe Ms. Violet could have them get married? Ooh, I’d buy that book.

Protect and Serve: Sex on the Hoof is a delightful and cheeky romance between to unlikely men who end up happier than they thought possible. There was fun exploration and heartfelt skin on skin to appeal to erotic readers. To engage the senses for readers who need a bit of meat to their short stories, there’s a bit of action when Drew tried to chase down a bad guy. For me, the best is the closure that both brother and sister are safe, loved and have a bright and terrific future ahead of them. I’d love to visit with the deer shifters again; they were so cool!

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