Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 106 Pages
Category: Paranormal Romance, Shifters
At a Glance: The story of Quinn, the paranormal hunter, and Taolma, the shifter, takes us to new places.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Into the Paranormal World: Change is never easy, but it is oftentimes worth the painful effort.
Taolma is a young boa constrictor shifter who has recently been reunited with his father after almost two decades apart. He currently lives with a clutch of gargoyles on the outskirts of a small town, but he doesn’t mind. There’s a massive arboretum to sun in and a pond to swim in, plus plenty of trees to climb. Due to the small town atmosphere, Taolma doesn’t expect to find his mate any time soon. Imagine his surprise, excitement, and disappointment when he walks into a hotel room and discovers his mate. Quinn is slender, muscular, and handsome. Oh, and he’s a hunter recovering from claw-wounds received by a gargoyle. Taolma hadn’t planned on settling down any time soon, but the pull to mate is undeniable. Can he figure out how to convince a hunter that not all shifters are evil, come to grips with Fate giving him a mate when so young, and of course convince a man who hates paranormals that they were meant to be together?
Review: While Coercing Quinn is the sixteenth book in this series, it can be read as a standalone. I would, however, recommend reading Believing in the Traitor first, because there is a great deal of information about how Walter comes to be acquainted with this particular group of paranormals, and there is also some information about Taolma that is a bit spoilery.
We meet Quinn in Believing in the Traitor too, when he and Walter were captured after trying to escape the gargoyles while leaving the hunters’ facility. Quinn even tried to kill one of the gargoyles during the escape attempt. While Walter accepted Treatise as his mate, and understood that not all paranormals were rogue or dangerous, Quinn has a very personal reason for believing that paranormals are all evil and should be wiped out.
When Quinn meets Taolma again as he’s being held at the gargoyle’s compound, he knows that Taolma believes that they have a connection. He also knows that something is about to go down at the compound thanks to him. While Perseus tends to Quinn’s wounds, he talks to him about paranormals, expresses sympathy for Quinn’s loss, and tries to make him understand that not all paranormals are bloodthirsty killers. Quinn, however, is still consumed with hatred over his personal loss.
When Taolma is wounded after the hunters had tried to storm the compound and kill all of the paranormals, and anyone else they could find there—including human mates and any offspring—Quinn realizes that there is something to this mate thing, even though he is fighting it every step of the way. And he’s not fighting it because Taolma is a guy. He’s fighting it because Taolma is very young and also a shifter.
The gargoyles and the shifters are in contact with the vampire council, and agree to take Quinn’s case to them. He is entitled to restitution and the council will help him determine where to look for the perpetrator. Taolma is there supporting Quinn every step of the way, hoping that whatever they find will help Quinn put this behind him so that they can start their life together.
This was a pretty fast paced episode in the series, with a lot of action. There are some surprisingly tender moments between Taolma and Quinn. Quinn makes some major changes in his life and outlook that will hopefully bode well for a happy future.
Coercing Quinn is recommended for fans of this series and these paranormals. Hopefully we are getting closer to finding and punishing the hunters and scientists who are making life hell for our paranormal friends.
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