Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 74 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Shifters
At a Glance: This is an adorable story with a very sweet dingo shifter and some cute calves!
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Just a little Love Bite: You can’t control how another will respond to adversity.
Mathe Winters knew his coven’s vampire second was bringing several dingo shifters home to their ranch. He didn’t expect one to be his beloved. Still, there’s something about the way Julian looks at him, with a gaze so full of hope…and a little fear. He finds himself instantly smitten. wanting to show the dingo shifter the wonders of his cattle ranch home, Mathe runs into a snag. While Julian had met bull shifters, it doesn’t prepare him for the reality of dealing with the non-shifter variety. He gets too close to the wrong animal and ends up injured. Can Mathe earn Junlian’s forgiveness–and win his trust–so he can show his dingo how to play safely in his new home?
Review: Note: Although this is the tenth book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
Mathe is a vampire foreman of the dude ranch, part of the inner circle of the coven that owns and operates the ranch. Greg is a wrangler and human donor who has set his sights on Mathe. He also is a lazy SOB that will try to use his body/blood to get his way. Mathe gets pretty pissed off, though, when Greg’s carelessness results in an injury to a guest. He needs to be punished.
But before Mathe can dish out the punishment, Gypsum, the coven Second, returns with three new dingo shifter brothers who are moving to the ranch. And, lo and behold, Julian, the youngest of brothers, is his Beloved! But he’s young and inexperienced and comes with a very protective older brother. Luckily Gypsum and Master Jaymes help ease the situation, and Julian decides to move in with Mathe immediately.
But on a visit to the barn, and a very unwelcome interruption from Greg, Julian becomes frightened. He shifts and is injured. Mathe feels horrible—guilty and sick that his Beloved has been hurt! Julian’s brothers aren’t too happy either. And Greg is totally pissed off at being pushed aside. It’s quite a first day for Julian!
Luckily, as a shifter, Julian heals pretty quickly. But he’s afraid of the cattle on the ranch since his injury. Even though he is fascinated by the calves, he’s afraid to get anywhere near them because of the heifer who injured him. Mathe has to figure out how to get Julian over his fear. And he does it in the cutest way possible!
This was an adorable story. Julian is so cute and naïve, and Mathe is so protective. The little calves are a fun addition to the creatures in this series, and Julian is a gentle lover of animals who is happy to see them. Just a very sweet and enjoyable story in this series that keeps me coming back for more.
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