Love Unmasked by Dale Cameron Lowry (review)

Tagline: Lonely Raccoon shifter subjected to study by hunky man in eyeglasses…

Love Unmsked Book Cover

Title: Love Unmasked 
Genre:  Paranormal M/M Romance
Format:  Short Story (8k words, 28 pages)

Series: Walk on Wild Side

Book Sites: Author PublisherGoodreads
Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)

ISBN: 9781634774895

Also available:  Walk on Wild Side Anthology

Rating:  4.5 stars (out of 5)

Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released one a day during the month of June.

Synopsis:  Aaron is a rather jealous of the praise, attention, and love people give to predatory shifters like wolves, and tigers, and bears (oh my!). As a Raccoon shifter, he has never been able to sustain a romantic relationship due to his occasional nocturnal antics, and generally kept it a secret held close to the mask, err, vest.  When he meets Phillip, a smartly sexy man who studies shifters, he knows he should disclose his true, generally frowned upon, nature.  But after scenting the man, he thinks perhaps he could wait until after enjoying some initial time with.  He could hold things together without an unexpected surprise, right?

Review:  This was a charming, enchanting little tale that was the perfect escapist, “aww” story for me at the end of a craptastic, painful day.  The parallels between discrimination and fear of discovery of one’s “dangerous” secrets between fictional shifters and the true life experience of LGBT folks is clear in quite a bit of paranormal fiction, and this story succinctly outlines the metaphor and incorporates both literally and figuratively it into the plot.  Kudos to the author for hitting that “shameful to reveal my true self” theme on several levels in story that was fun to read. The chemistry worked well for me, moving quickly and smoothly from nervousness to excitement to heated attraction in a nicely realistic and enticing manner.

Recommended for:  Fans of the little guy with the “you would reject me if you saw how clunky/klutzy/goofy/problematic I am on the inside” secret.

Sizzle:  The focus of the story was the nervous tension of revealing one’s most intimate secrets to a potential lover.
Heat:  fire fire – a nice little bit of delicious, explicit heat
Chemistry: heart heart heart – some fresh but heartfelt attraction two brand new lovers

Other comments:  Interspecies escapades. As George Takei would say – Oh my.


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