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Monday, May 28, 2012

Flying High by Em Woods

Flying High by Em Woods
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (63 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Sometimes a mate bond can be damned well as crucial to survival when a murderer sets his sights on one of the pair.

As if life isn't tough enough for a half Fae, half butterfly shifter, Tate is thrown for a loop when his mate turns out to be a reclusive Lynx shifter. Cain is focused on tracking his brother’s killer, and stumbling across his mate at the same time he finds the murderer wasn’t in his plans. Especially when the discovery means the killer gets away.

Sparks fly between the Lynx and the halfling even though neither wants to cave to a fated-mate bond. But when a serial murderer comes after Cain, Tate must call up powers he rarely uses to save them both.

Vampires and wolves, wolves and humans, lynx and butterflies…one of these is NOT a typical shifter mating but it is the basis for an exciting and thoroughly entertaining story by the talented Em Woods.

Cain Howell is a lynx shifter. The story opens with him tracking the man who viciously killed his brother. His anger and impulsiveness puts him in the sites of the killer until he suddenly catches a fresh scent that distracts him from his goal. His mate.

A trope often used in fated mate/shifter books is the ability of the mates to know each other by scent. The smell is typically pleasant, intoxicating even. This is true for Cain when he catches Tate’s scent but there’s more. Cain also describes the scent as “reassuring and soothing” but that doesn’t mean he’s going to roll over for a belly rub just because some cosmic force deemed them mates. How can a lynx mate with a butterfly anyway? He can when the butterfly in question is more than he seems. Also, it doesn’t hurt that these men aren’t too proud to accept some motherly advice. Those scenes are actually pretty funny.

Tate wasn’t out looking for his mate, either, when he spots Cain hiding in the tall grass, but they can only deny facts for so long. Tate accepts his fate a lot quicker than Cain and that’s a good thing. They need each other and the timing is perfect. He uses his influence on Cain to convince him to wait until the right moment to confront the killer. Even still, they’re both thrown for a loop when the truth behind the murders is revealed. Would fate be so cruel as to bring them together, just to be pulled apart before they have time to truly appreciate their bond? This is romance; what do you think? The way they talk to each other, the way they touch, it all works together to solidify a very tangible bond.

Ms. Woods knows how to build a story around her characters. Cain and Tate are wonderfully drawn out men. They come from totally different worlds and just the idea of mating a butterfly to a lynx seems impossible. Not only does Ms. Woods make it possible, she makes it plausible. I first read a shortened version of this story as a sequence of editions to The Story Orgy’s Monday morning story prompt shorts. She expanded on a clever premise and breathed life into the characters and their struggle. If the short edition was fun and unique the expanded version is completely entertaining. The dialogue is witty and the chemistry palpable. There’s no doubt the men are attracted to one another. When they finally act on those feelings the scene is literally combustible.

If you love a good paranormal but want a story that’s unique and well written. Look no further than Flying High by Em Woods. She’s an auto buy for this reader and I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

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