Alpaca Lies by Elizabeth Coldwell (review)

Tagline: Concerned (and horny) alpaca shifter cares for and lusts after estate heir on his birthday…

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Title: Alpaca Lies 
Genre:  Paranormal M/M Shifter Erotica
Format:  Short Story (7k words, 23 pages)

Series: Walk on Wild Side

Book Sites: AuthorPublisherGoodreads
Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-499-4

Also available:  Walk on Wild Side Anthology

Rating:   star  star  half-star (2.5 stars -It was o.k.)

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


Synopsis: Alfie has spent his entire life as an Alpaca in a petting zoo on an English manor, with a soft spot in his heart (and a bit of lust in his dreams) for Simon, the estate’s heir.  As Simon’s 21st birthday part approaches and the heir’s boyfriend may become more, the Alpaca shifter watches with sadness and apprehension.  When events conspire to put all in danger, Alfie needs to finally shift into his human form, possibly exposing himself to his friend and the man he wants to be near.

Review: Although there is a bit of a story in this brief read, to me the focus was very much on the explicit coupling.  The author did create a rather unique and interesting shifter set-up, and a quick exploration of a “boyfriend just being used” setting.   Perhaps because of the very quick nature of such a short story, these interesting ideas were not overly compelling to me, as the shifter’s inner dialog and the heir’s family and relationship conflicts did not engage me as a reader too terribly much. The idea of a shifter “in hiding” in a zoo who had never shifted before is extremely enticing, but the build-up and action was so quick this brief work only hints at the potential of such as plot line. Overall, the story did set up a bit of a nice snog and a shag.

Recommended for fans of: shifter sex; alpacas; comfort after being dumped by a douche.

Sizzle:
Passion: heart  – The alpaca lusted over the heir for years, and his concern was sweet.
Explicit Heat: fire  fire  fire – Focus and strength of the story to me was the coupling
Genre:  Erotica  (mostly because while the story ideas were interesting, they were too quick to be compelling to me on their own)

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