Series: Walk on Wild Side
Also available: Walk on Wild Side Anthology
Rating: (4.5 stars – I really liked/loved it!)
Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released one a day during the month of June.
Synopsis: Jiri the Cobra Shifter spent life as a trophy of a collector, part of a harem of a deviant master deep in the Sahara. When a honey badger shifter is added to the collection, the cobra saw its arch nemesis, a dangerous and deadly foe. But Jiri the shifter saw more, and the man behind the badger might not always be a frenzied fighter.
Review: For a short work, the author does an excellent job of establishing an intriguing and exotic setting, enough shifter lore to whet the appetite of paranormal fans, interesting characters, the feeling of some real chemistry and heat between the heroes, challenges to overcome, and some climactic scenes. I found this story to be enticing, plenty romantic, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Of course, one of my favorite themes are repressed and brutalized men rescued by the strong hero, and even more when the characters make it not quite as simple as that. For a quick read, the author packs a great range of intriguing ideas, characters, and scenes into a brief package.
Recommended for fans of: Harem boys belly dancing; a Middle Eastern themed harem of shifters; natural enemies to friends; an extraordinarily rough and tough fighter mesmerized by a slim and slick survivor; a “weak” “boy” in distress “rescued” by a tough but true and stout hero (a little bit of a gay version of a maiden in distress).