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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Two Fangs and a Hoof by Joyee Flynn

Two Fangs and a Hoof by Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

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

Shea Mayer suddenly finds himself the prize in a game of tug-of-war. He doesn't want to be the chew toy of one vampire, much less two. Despite Shea's protests, they each stake their claim.

Calin and Dustin have been living on their own since their coven tried to kill them for being gay. Now they find themselves once again being rejected by someone who is supposed to love them.

Will Shea, Calin, and Dustin find a way to navigate the twisted path forced upon them by their leaders, or will they remain lost—and lose everything that could be?

This is one coupling that is one hot mess from the get go. When you live forever picking a mate is some serious business. This story picks up at the dinner where the elders of the paranormal community have sprung on all unexpected attendees that you have to mate or die. Normally rational people are doing irrational things and this is what makes this book so entertaining.

Being one of the oldest living paranormals makes Shea pretty much immune to everything except two young vampires treating him more like an object to be fought over and not a person. His anger over the forced mating is understandable but in all actuality what is done is done and Shea has no choice in the matter.

Calin and Dustin are vampires who only attended the paranormal gathering in hopes of finding new coven after being forced out of their old one for being gay. At first I felt these two were insensitive and had little regard for their actions but as I read I got a better understanding of what these two men had gone through. They’re not bad guys just victims like all other paranormals being forced to mate.

This threesome has their struggles at first but once a heartfelt plea by Calin is made, things get set on a different path, one of forgiveness. Reading how these men interacted was heartwarming and tender. It was like all the pieces of a puzzle that just fit.

The conflict in this story was a slow build piece by piece until it comes to a head. As the reader, I knew what was going to happen but to the characters in the book it was shocking. I really liked how when the attack came the resolution was swift and decisive.

Ms. Flynn’s imagination is one of wonder and the sex scenes she writes in this book are steamy. A little spanking, sex toys, and dirty talk always help a book move right along and this story was definitely a page turner. I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to ménage love stories but she wrote a love story between three men who felt as if not being a trio wasn’t an option.

As a follower of the Midnight Matings series, it's a little frustrating that the first few pages are just rereading what is in all the other books; the "why" of the forced matings. But for folks who haven't read the previous installments, that is also what makes the series so good. You do not have to read every book in this series to know what is going on in this crazy world.

If you’re looking for an erotic love story where the characters come full circle from hate to love, then this is a must read.

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