Series: Walk on Wild Side
Also available: Walk on Wild Side Anthology
Rating: (3 stars)
After reading this story, my reaction was very mixed and I was unsure as how to rate it. As an innovative and interesting shifter story, I enjoyed a somewhat novel approach to “romantic” shifter stories and would give it 4 stars. However, the romantic relationship was not very compelling to me and perhaps rates just an “o.k” (2.5 to 2.75 stars). If I average the two, it results in a 3.2 to 3.3 star rating overall
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: Malak, a doctor of Persian descent who recently set up practice in a small town, knows the three men killed on the night of three different PTA meetings had very suspicious deaths. However, dis cussing his true beliefs with the sheriff may be difficult, as he has a hard time keeping his eyes off the attractive lawman.
Review: The story and ideas felt refreshingly innovative for a shifter story to me as a reader of paranormal romances, although are probably not uncommon in speculative fiction. The multi-cultural background of a character or two was integrated nicely into the shifter mythos and even a bit into the fearful reaction of a small-town. Overall, the plot and mechanics of the shifter setting and story interested and intrigued me as a reader.
Unfortunately, I did not find the relationship very compelling. Mechanically, it’s hard to point to anything in particular but I will just say it didn’t work for me, especially once Faysal entered the picture. Indeed, I found myself feeling more of a creepy vibe than a lusty, attraction chemistry between the pair.
Recommended for fans of: Investigations of deadly, evil threats in a Supernatural– style; shifters versus weres; characters of Middle Eastern/Muslim/Persian origin.