Flora Reviews… In The Mood Fur Love by @EveLanglais @MillyTaiden and @KateBaxterBooks

Flora Reviews…

In The Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter

Read: 24th – 31st August 2018

Format: Kindle

My Overall Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars

 

So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Press) via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.

The expected publication date is 2nd October 2018.

Thanks for the advance reader copy.

 

So what’s this book about?

This book is a collection of three original paranormal romance novellas from international best-selling authors Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter featuring various species of shapeshifters including werewolves and bear shifters.  I am already a big fan of Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire series but am beginning to enjoy Milly Taiden’s stories although I have yet to purchase a title from either Eve Langlais or Milly Taiden.

In The Mood Fur Love can be read as a continuation to the authors’ previous collaborations Thanks Fur Last Night and The Big Alpha in Town or be read as a standalone.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so I’ve included the official blurb for each story together with my review and rating:

Three hot stories about sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!



Novella 1 Bearing His Touch by Eve Langlais

The blurb says;

When Becka manages to escape her kidnapper, she finds herself asking help of the man with the nice brown eyes. Stavros can’t say no, not when he knows Becka is his mate, but he does have one dilemma when it comes to claiming her. He’ll have to find a way for her to bear his touch.

So, what did I think about this story?

Eve Langlais is still a fairly new-to-me author (I haven’t purchased any of her full length novels); I don’t think that she writes my kind of stories.

The first few chapters are fraught and full of tension and action that I found quite gripping. Our hero, Stavros is an ex-cop bear shifter; the bear and man share the same mind and I enjoyed the humorous inner dialogue going on between the two and I liked the protect women and children mindset that he had. Our heroine, Becka, is not physically strong but I liked that she was resilient and survived physical and mental abuse as a kidnap victim. What I struggled with was that although this is a fictional paranormal romance story, I had to reign in my reluctance to believe that an abused woman would begin to allow or want physical contact so quickly. Having said that, I understand that the story has to progress and we do not have infinite pages in a novella.

Once again, I feel that the prose in this story really lets it down. I was far from impressed with Ms Langlais sentence structure and word choices (there were also a few missing capital letters too) in this novella, however, as I’ve yet to actually purchase a book written by her, I can’t compare an ARC to a finished, published work.

I enjoyed this story; there’s just one sex scene but it is very good and titillating, I liked that the conclusion was a twist/shock and although slightly twee I thought it a nice way to end a paranormal romance with the trademark HEA.

My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 2 Stars (It was OK)

 

Novella 2 – Fake Mated To The Wolf by Milly Taiden

The blurb says;

Looking for a mate to bring to a party? Wedding? Holiday gathering? Mates Fur Hire is right for you? But what happens when your fake mate ends up being your real one, from New York Times best-selling author Milly Taiden!

So, what did I think about this story?

Although I have yet to buy a book written by Milly Taiden, her stories are growing on me. I really liked the concept for this story, I found it very easy to read and the plot had me growling in indignation, chuckling and put a lump in my throat.

The story itself is engaging; a classic paranormal romance with a HEA ending. Ms Taiden has written a couple of plot-lines that run alongside the romance aspect – Shawna’s family and the weird mystery nuisance caller – which I enjoyed getting my teeth stuck into as the romance between Hawke and Shawna evolved.

Our heroine, Shawna is certainly a lady with gumption and anyone who has read my reviews before, will know that this is a personality trait that I admire and crave in my leading ladies.

Got to be honest, there were a few little things that I struggled with; firstly, our hero’s name – Hawke Hawke (really?!) – it took the shine off wee bit, I’ve got to confess that the sex talk and descriptions for that final sex scene were a bit disappointing – it all turned me off rather than got me hot – we didn’t really get to the bottom of the mystery calls and I thought that the end felt a bit rushed. As I was reading a pre-proofed arc, I tried to ignore the editing needs and assumed that they would be fixed before publication so won’t detail them here.

Having said all that, I understand that writing a standalone novella is challenging; creating a full, engaging story within so few pages and getting the balance right between building/describing the scenes and moving the plot along and I do think Ms Taiden did a good job here.

My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 3 Stars (It was Good)

Novella 3 – The Witch, The Werewolf and The Waitress and I by Kate Baxter

The blurb says;

For centuries, Lowman, Idaho has been Ellie Curtis’s prison. A vengeful witch cursed her with immortality and locked her within the confines of Lowman’s borders, sealing Ellie off from most of civilization for eternity. She’s learned to make the most of it. But when she meets a cocky werewolf who’s part of the elite supernatural law enforcement group, all bets are off…

Colin instantly knew that Ellie was his mate, but when he discovers her secret, he’s determined to help set her free. But in doing so, he might just lose the one thing he knows he can’t live without…

So, what did I think about this story?

I am already a fan of Ms Baxter’s books; I find her writing style very easy to read, her plots engaging and her characters intelligently written and full of depth. I was delighted to find the same level of care and attention in this novella.

I enjoyed how we were introduced to our leading hero and heroine, both are keeping secrets from those around them but exhibit personality traits that I love my leading characters to have. Throughout this novella Ms Baxter managed to catch me out, just when I think our hero will be a Neanderthal alpha (yuk) Colin says or does something to melt my heart and wish he was my boyfriend plus, I loved “can’t lie to a mate without pain” addition to the traditional werewolf lore that Ms Baxter created here.

Ellie may not be strong physically but I loved her resilience; I suppose if you’ve already got first-hand experience of the supernatural world, meeting someone who claims to be a paranormal being is easier to believe, so I could appreciate Ellie’s rapid acceptance of Colin being a werewolf. Plus, knowing of Ellie’s lonely life to-date, I completely understood her desperation to grab the sexual opportunity when it presents itself, so in this case the insta-lust that I usually find so off-putting was acceptable.

As a self contained standalone story with the added restriction of being a novella rather than a full size novel, I understand that aspects had to be concluded with no loose ends in reduced pages but I am satisfied with how Ms Baxter concluded this novella; the mystery and the romance aspects.

In short, I really enjoyed this story and I was gripped from beginning to end; I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anxiety and I felt the flutters of arousal.

My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 4 Stars (I really enjoyed it)

 

So, basically what I’m saying is…

I think that this paranormal romance anthology is GOOD, I enjoyed reading it. Of the three novellas there is only one that was just OK. I felt that this book was a good opportunity to read a new story from a favourite author, having said that, I think I would have felt a bit short-changed if I had actually purchased this for myself (n.b. the current Kindle selling price of £7.59 seems rather expensive to me, I feel £5.99 would be a fairer price).

Due to the graphic violence and sexual content in these novellas – they are definitely steamy and not blood-shy – I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are either existing fans of Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden or Kate Baxter and enjoy relationship and romance stories with oodles of action and passion.

So, has my review of IN THE MOOD FUR LOVE encouraged you to find out more? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the authors. To see other books that I’ve read, take a look at my profile on Goodreads.

See IN THE MOOD FUR LOVE on Goodreads.com

Buy IN THE MOOD FUR LOVE in print and eBook formats through the usual sources, including Amazon

Visit EVE LANGLAIS‘s own little corner of the web, connect to her on social media via Twitter or Facebook

Visit MILLY TAIDEN‘s own little corner of the web, read her blog, connect to her on social media via Twitter or Facebook

Visit KATE BAXTER‘s own little corner of the web, connect to her on social media via Facebook  or Twitter or Goodreads


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