A Walk on the Wild Side Anthology (review)

Tagline: 30 brief m/m romance shifter stories released one per day in June 2016

Walk on the Wild Side Anthology Book Cover

Daiy Dose 2016
Title: A Walk on the Wild Side Anthology
A Dreamspinner Anthology – Daily Dose 2016
Genre: Paranormal Shifter M/M Romance

Format:  Anthology of 30 short stories
Size: 370k words

Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)
ISBN: 9781634775168

Rating:   star star star star 4 stars  (I really liked it!)

Summary: A wide variety of m/m paranormal romance shifter stories released (to me) one per day in June 2016.    Individual stories are rated and listed below with links to  fulls reviews.

Each year Dreamspinner Press compiles a “Daily Dose” anthology of 30 short stories and novellas. This year’s theme is A Walk on the Wild Side consisting of paranormal shifter male-male romance.  Since I have a particular interest in shifters and short stories, I purchased a pre-publication package which means I received one new story each day during the month of June.  As I had time to read and review them, I added a new post for each new release, and they are listed and linked below.

Individual Story Ratings and Summaries

Alpaca Lies by Elizabeth Coldwell
2.5 stars (short / full review)
Short story (7k words, 23 pages)
Alfie the Alpaca lusts after estate heir Sam (even though he has a dodgy boyfriend)

Always Follow Your Goat by Nora Roth
2.5 stars ( short / full review)
Short story (9k words, 29 pages)
Milly the meddling goat butts the camp counselor towards her Jack

Bye-Bye Birdie by Lex Chase
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short story (10k words, 29 pages)
Flighty parakeet shifter flees from the heroic but clueless iguana shifter

Buddy the Cat by Sara Stark
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short story (6k words, 22 pages)
A librarian, a wandering cat, and the hunky businessman

Book Cover
A Cat Builds a Raft by Bee Allen
3 stars (short / full review)
Novella (18k words, 52 pages)
Zeke lives as a housecat for Toby, and when Toby’s family causes issues, the cat shifter might have to confront fears and more

Chords by Taylor Roxton
3 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (11k words, 33 pages)
Werewolf howls should soar at Julliard but for a mysterious, unscented upperclassman – and a cage

A Cobra’s Charm by Meghan Maslow
4.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 52 pages)
Sshy sssnake enslaved ssshifter belly dances for his master before meeting his animal’s arch-nemesis

Daniel’s Lynx by Ava Hayden
4.5 stars  (short /full review)
Novella (16k words, 55 pages)
Jilted middle-aged man finds the missing Lynx

A Dove’s Wing by Katya Harris
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17K words, 55 pages)
When his nephew shoots a dove with a BB gun, uncle Abe is in for a surprise

Faerie Riddles by Cassia Rose
4 stars (short / full review)
Fantasy Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
The scholar and the bounding fae puppy are riddled with danger beyond the Great Iron Wall

Fieldwork by Charles Payseur
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (12k words, 38 pages)
Shy shifter with a secret is thrust into a dangerous, field-agent assignment with a buff partner

Holy Cow! by E.M. Lynley
4 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
Shiva’s bull rushes an American doc in exotic, intriguing India

Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage  by C.S. Poe
4 stars (shortfull review)
Short Story (9k words, 32 pages)
Queer penguins looking for a mate at heterosexual WaddleCon find an egg

Love Unmasked by Dale Cameron Lowry
4.5 stars (short full review)
Short Story (8k words, 28 pages)
The shame of being a varmint ‘Coon could challenge the most open-minded of critters

Man’s Best Friend by C.B. Lewis
4 stars (short full review)
Novella (17k words, 48 pages)
Colorado lumbersexual looks for the dog he rescued only to find a naked Englishman wearing a leather collar

More Beautiful Than a Unicorn by Bell Ellis
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (12k words, 28 pages)
Twenty-five year old virgin, a unicorn, an exotic Indian… nice gay fairy tale

More Fish in the Sea  by Fil Preis
3.5 stars (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 49 pages)
Betrayed Wiccan bisexual beseeches the Hawaiian Moon only to get fed to the sharks

Of Nuts and Men by L.E. Franks
2.5 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (14k words, 41 pages)
On a hunt for summer nuts, the squirrel shifter encounters alpha pheromones gone wild, tiger piss, and a treed man

Pastures New by Parker Foye
2.75 stars (shortfull review)
Novella (15k words, 45 pages)
A champion stallion retires to be a lonely stud and preens for an inquisitive journalist

Putting Down Roots by Tam MacNeil
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Stories (9k words, 29 pages)
Bookstore clerk gets a teaching job in an isolated manor rooted in a haunted village

Quiet as a Mouse by Asta Idonea
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (8k words, 25 pages)
Shy church mouse shifter trapped by his feelings for the choirmaster

Shifter  by Mark Wildyr
4 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (5k words, 19 pages)
The young native man canoes past the enchanted isle with a story to tell his childhood friend and crush, but witch spirit will transform the pair?

Shifting Silver  by Brandon Witt
4 stars   (short / full review)
Novella (15k words, 45 pages)
Sparing the horned whale might mean death for the vegetarian native, making him as rare as a unicorn in his family of hunters

Spiked and Feathered by Jessica Walsh
2.75 stars (short / full review)
Short Story (7k words, 21 pages)
Anthony wakes up with a hang over and wonders why his one-night stand has feathers

They Called Him Nightmare by Deja Black
5 stars  (short / full review)
Short Story (7k words, 26 pages)
A bright boy turns into a businessman of the night who burns for the dark one called Nightmare

To Arizona by Meg Harding
1 star  – due to personal dislikes (short / full review)
Novella (15k words, 46 pages)
Hockey player/otter shifter shipped to the desert deals with a tough captain

A Werewolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Rob Rosen
3 stars (shortfull review)
Short Story (5k words, 19 pages)
Vegetarian predatory shifters must stick together lest they fall off the wagon

Werewolf PTA by Felicitas Ivey
3 stars (short / full review)
Novella (18k words, 51 pages)
Small-town PTA meetings, an exotic Doctor, a hunky sheriff, and multiple murders spell… werewolf?

Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks
3.5 stars  (short / full review)
Novella (17k words, 55 pages)
Heading deep into the Alaskan wilderness, the photographer is fated to meet a bear of a man

A Wolf’s Résistance by T.J. Nichols
4.5 stars (short / full review)
A shifter member of the French resistance seeks shelter with the gruff blacksmith

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