“Hide” by Cat Zheng
War isn’t fun. It’s even less fun when you are fighting
primitive creatures that are part animal, part human. If
there is any human left in them. Vonne and Hewitt are two
soldiers who don’t believe in leaving a man behind, and both
will do whatever they can to save their fellow soldiers.
Even if it means putting themselves at risk, or coming face
to face with the enemy.
is a dark tale of violence and love that will leave you
thinking about the tale for a few days after you’ve finished
it. Love that is stronger than anything, and a will to
survive to be with your lover are two things that made this
story stand out in my mind.
Hide is a
great start to this anthology.
“Rescuing Ryan” by Sara Bell
Ryan needs quiet. He wants time alone to think and heal
–both mentally and physically. His family’s concerns because
of his bad leg are understandable, but they needed to
realize he can still take care of himself. Hearing a strange
voice in his head is the least of his worries when he finds
an injured wolf on the forest path. An injured wolf that
somehow becomes a tempting man.
is a sweet story with plenty of danger and violence, and
love that struggles to survive all odds. Finding a
shape-shifter in your backyard can’t be easy for anyone. To
find one who hates humans yet arouses you more than any
other man has must increase that confusion at least tenfold.
I enjoyed this love story very much.
“Who Will Know?” by A. Steele
An interesting tale with an unusual shape-shifter, this
story features Prometheus and Antok, an eagle shape-shifter.
Filled with sexual tension,
Who Will Know?
is a story that will keep you reading to find out if Antok
will give in to Prometheus, or if today will be a repeat of
every other day. An eternity of never being able to orgasm.
While not a traditional love story, I found this tale
“The Lost Tiger” by Sean Michael
Torao has finally escaped from captivity, and he’ll do
anything he can to stay a free man. Anything. When he meets
Greyson he discovers that not all men are the same. This one
gives him hope. But will it be enough when The Keeper comes
close to finding him?
The Lost Tiger
was a unique story about a tiger shifter and a world that
isn’t very nice to it’s inhabitants. Or perhaps the
inhabitants who aren’t very nice to it. I did not enjoy this
story because I could not stop thinking of Torao as a child,
and Greyson as a man. Torao’s thoughts, words, and actions
are childish and I was unable to enjoy the intimacy in this
story as a result. I understand he’d been in captivity for
years, but I don’t know what his actual age is, and even if
I had known, his thoughts and speech still would have kept
me from enjoying the intimate scenes. The story is well
written, and the world one that is in depth and realistic.
I’m only sorry I couldn’t enjoy the story in its entirety.
“Plums” by Camilla Bruce
A young man has devoted his life to ferrying the dead down
river to the graveyard. It’s a lonely life, but then he was
born for it. He enjoys solitude, and the peace of the river.
He even loves the ravens, especially the one he has
befriended. When the raven hasn’t returned after the plums
have bloomed again, Simon has trouble remembering that it’s
just a bird, and not a human. But then the raven returns,
and the priest’s omens of Simon’s death begin to worry him.
is an interesting story with a story line that is winding
and slow like the river Simon ferries the dead on. Not that
it reads slow, but that there is no hurry to finish this
tale. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Simon and the raven,
but wasn’t surprised like he was to find out his Raven was
“Singing Up The Moon” by Angel
This story is about young lovers and old, family feuds, and
a quest for a place where lovers of the same sex don’t have
to hide their relationships.
Singing Up The Moon
was an interesting take on pack dynamics and what happens
when new wolves come on the scene, and sexual preferences
become challenged. The alternating between two sets of
couples in a story this length, made it so that by the time
I’d met the one pair, then I was put into the other’s story
and then when I became engrossed in that one I was put into
the other. I didn’t enjoy the ending of the story, but the
tale was well written and the romances sweet.
“Seal Skin” by Kara Larson
When a Widower finds a seal on the beach that turns into a
human, he does what anyone else would have done. He grabs
the selkie’s skin and runs as fast as he can. When he
reaches his home, he hides it somewhere he thinks the selkie
will never find it. What’s a man who’s only known the love
of a woman to do once he’s made the decision not to release
the very male selkie?
is a sweet story about finding love again. I didn’t really
feel an emotional development between the two until near the
end of the book, so their decision to become lovers took me
by surprise. I hadn’t sensed sensual tension between the
two. The story did leave me wondering about their future.
“Alpha” by BA Tortuga
When Roman returns to his den and finds a cub has claimed
it, he’s pissed. Both for the loss of the friend he’d left
guarding the den, and because the damned cub keeps claiming
the den is his.
is full of sensual tension and action. Roman and Cage strike
sparks off each other, and enjoy doing it. There were some
tense spots in this story, but the end more than made up for
the journey to get there.
is a compilation of unique twister tales. This anthology is
not for the faint of heart. Most of the stories contain
violence that could be disturbing to some, but many of them
also have sweet love tales and hot sex scenes. If blood and
gore doesn’t bother you, then you may enjoy these stories.