Having read books by both K.A. Merikan and L.A. Witt, and being a little bit of a lover of all things supernatural, I really enjoyed this book. This book has the a great story line to it, with the right amount of juiciness to it and some serious funny moments, and in the end turned out to be a real page turner. Looking forward to the next releases from each of these authors - and maybe even another collab...
Well, I was wary of reading this one, not least as its werewolves/shifters (I'm not the biggest fan of PNR to be fair), then there's the whole MMM scenario (again, not my thing) but the real biggy that admittedly had me slightly anxious – and I say this with absolutely no intention to offend – was when I'd learned that my 2 fave authors were collaborating with a third (well I did say no threesomes right). However, there wasn't a hope in hell I was gonna pass up the chance to indulge in some hot man lovin’ by The Merikans, so of course I had to have it. However, my concerns were unfounded, as this was a funny, sexy, occasionally sad, but mostly very lighthearted read – which in itself is pretty rare for KAM.
Quinn, a travel blogger who is visiting the Ukraine, decides to ignore the gun-wielding tourist guides caution of not to enter the exclusion zone as there are “wild animals” around. Being a natural risk-taker of course he enters the black zone and pretty soon comes face to face with a wolf monster type thingy. Enter Dima, who is the weakest of his wolf/bodark pack, with a malformed hand/paw. Beyond excited to have met and made a genuine connection with a beautiful human male (who talks funny and gave him his first ever Snickers), Dima can't wait to get home and tell his best friend/lover Nazar of his exciting news. Nazar, one of the top ranking and most powerful of his pack, is equally excited by Dima's news and eager to please his friend/lover, agrees they'll sneak out, find this delicious smelling human, basically steal him back to their pack so that the very lowly-placed in the ranks Dima, can finally have a bitch of his own….aawwww, and they say romance is dead!
Needless to say, this trio VERY quickly get hot n’ heavy together, and to say their sex scenes were scorching would be an understatement – they were off the bloody richter! However, what I was most intrigued by was Nazar and Dima’s relationship. It was intense. And they clearly had a very strong emotional connection full of love and trust, not to mention their desire for one another was breathtaking. The way in which Nazar found such genuine pleasure in watching Dima not only have sex with another male, but to watch him also be the dominant partner for the first time in his life, was spellbinding. In fact, I could've easily read about Nazar and Dima’s relationship with regards to their miscommunication over their sexual preferences (bodark hierarchy has forced these guys to be in ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ roles that go against their very nature) and been just as riveted to my kindle even with the exclusion of Quinn I'm afraid. Having said that, of course this tale desperately needed Quinn. Not only was his inner monologue a laugh riot, but he was intrinsic to the development of Nazar and Dima’s relationship and opening them up to the ways of the outside world and them discovering their true sexuality. I suppose what I'm saying is, he made a beautiful distraction, a sex aid if you will, and like any good fairy godmother, he did his job well and then it was time for him to pi$$ off and leave these two beautiful bodarks to explore this new side to their relationship. See, I just do not get polyamory.
That said, this was undeniably a cracking good read with plenty of steam and laughs and even a heartwarming HEA showing the guys living their dream life. But did it change my opinion on threesomes? Nope. Not even KAMs bewitchery has that kinda power I'm afraid ;D
KAM don't do simple, easy to read, easy to understand tales, but they do create brilliant worlds in which you end up immersed and happily going with the flow if anything that requires suspension of disbelief pops in.
The tale pretty much follows the blurb, told with a mix of humour, 'really????' and 'aah' moments. It doesn't have the lightness of their recent The Cattery and it doesn't have the darkness of their GnB tales or MCC tales; to me, a fan of their stuff, this felt fresh and new and of course, pretty unique.
I can't say too much about the tale for fear of Spoilering it, but despite the dangers, the secrecy, the in some ways archaic beliefs of the werewolf clan, the guys make it. They were willing to make sacrifices, they were willing to stand up and be brave and were willing to risk their lives for each other and deserved to make it. I kind of had to do some head shaking when I read the epilogue, as I could never have pictured the werewolves in the setting, but, it did seem plausible enough with a little obfuscation.
ARC courtesy of the authors for my reading pleasure.
Once you accept that one of the main characters is of the 'too stupid to live' variety (a personal turn off), this moves at a rollicking pace. It involves a top who'd rather bottom and a bottom who is really a top, and the guy that can help them navigate the change in circumstances. Dima and Nazar have a complicated relationship with each other, their environment and the rest of the world. None of which is particularly healthy. Quinn is annoyingly hipsterly entitled (the too stupid to live bit) but turns out to have the life skills and experience the other two desperately need. Don't read this is you're even mildly squicked out by fur, but overall this was a fun read, as I'd expect from this trio. This is a self-pub, and for whatever reason speech marks are somewhat absent. For the most part this is not an issue but Quinn in particular talks to himself, which sometimes makes for a quick reread of the last few paragraphs to figure out the switch between inner and outer voice. -- I was given a free ARC (my first free book ever!) in exchange for an honest review.