Series: Walk on Wild Side
Also available: Walk on Wild Side Anthology
Rating: (3.5 stars – I liked it!)
Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released to me one per day during the month of June.
Synopsis: The Arizona dude did not trust his Wiccan bisexual boyfriend to be true, so he cheated first. The Hawaiian shark shifter lost his boyfriend when the modern man refused to respect the traditional, spiritual beliefs of the Islands’ native and mysterious people. Can a Wiccan’s prayer to the moon be answered? Can a man from the people of the Shark ever find someone who respects him? And how can two betrayed men ever learn to trust another?
Review: While this was not an extremely revitting read for me, overall the themes of betrayal and trust combined with some interesting and enticing spirituality worked rather well as a plenty entertaining and nicely different story. The background and setting – which had at least a bit of complexity and nuance – needed to be explored and explained quickly in this novella, and the character writing moved along nicely without it being too mechanical or simply plodding exposition. While I found the themes personally enjoyable, I also appreciated how they meshed internally for each of the protagonists’ stories as well as the satisfying manner in which they eventually came together. I wasn’t totally bowled over, but I very much enjoyed reading a cool story about some common relationship themes wrapped nicely in some alternative character and cultural concepts.
Recommended for fans of: Lovable sharks; indigenous/pagan/Wiccan spirituality; Hawaii; bisexuals finding their one true love.