What’s Thanks Fur Last Night about?
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Title: Thanks Fur Last Night by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter
Series: Fur #1
Published by St Martin's Press on 30 January, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 400
Narrator: Chandra Skyye
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes
Enter a world of smoldering shifters in this scintillating anthology headlined by New York Times bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden with brand-new, never published novellas!
Bearing His Sin
Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.
Bought by the Bear
Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That's it. There's no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter's mate so he can assure his grandmother he's settled down. There's no reason to stay at his place so they learn "more about each other." And there's definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that's hired her.
Xander just needs a fake mate for a week to get his grandmother off his back. But what's a bear shifter to do when the impostor mate he hired turns out to be his actual mate? All sweet, luscious curves and a heart of gold, Xander's not going to let his mate get away. Now all he has to do is show her that they belong together, one kiss and touch at a time...
The Alpha and IDevon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man—a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man—in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…
Liam Murphy isn't simply a werewolf. He's the Alpha. In a heated battle with a deadly bear shifter, he's moved his pack to the Sawtooth Wilderness in order to draw danger from them. He was hoping to escape his problems—but the last thing he expects to find in the isolated Idaho wilderness was his mate. Fragile and unfamiliar with the violent supernatural world, the only way he can protect Devon is to make her what he is: a werewolf. He only hopes that in the process convincing her to enter fully into his world, that he doesn’t drive away the one woman he can’t live without.
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Read: 21st – 23rd January 2018
The expected publication date is 30th January 2018.
This book is a collection of three original paranormal romance novellas. I’m already a big fan of Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire series. However, Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden are new-to-me authors.
What did I think about Thanks Fur Last Night?
I will take each novella in turn and give you my thoughts and rate each one.
Novella 1 – Bearing His Sin by Eve Langlais
My thoughts about this story?
Eve Langlais is a new-to-me author but I don’t think that she writes my kind of stories.
In the first chapter, we meet Cole, a bear shifter and our story’s hero. I didn’t like him at all. He isn’t my kind of swoon-worthy hero due to his many personality flaws. Our heroine, Anja, is more like the strong female leads that I like. However, I felt disappointed with the insta-lust between the pair. It didn’t feel natural or believable.
I prefer paranormal stories that aren’t as far-fetched as this, both in the plot lines and characterizations.
If the setting is now in our world, I prefer it if the author writes more complex human facets, temperament and foibles onto their supernatural beings. With a paranormal romance set in a fantasy world, I feel there’s more poetic licence. For example, I like the Dragon Kin books by G.A. Aiken. I can suspend my dislike of male chauvinistic behaviour and insta-love/lust and just go with the flow.
The characters in Bearing His Sin feels similar to that series. Therefore, I tried to forget that the story takes place in our modern world and just go with the flow… but I struggled. 🙁
There are certainly a great many twists and turns in this plot which kept me wondering what would happen next. However, they weren’t as smooth as I’ve read in novellas from other authors.
While we’re on the subject of smooth…
Although I enjoyed the way the relationship aspect of this tale was concluded, the very end flummoxed me. Did I miss something?
My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 2 Stars (It was OK)
Novella 2 – Bought by the Bear by Milly Taiden
What did I think about it?
Milly Taiden is another new-to-me author. I really liked the concept for this story and I found it very easy to read. However, there were some aspects of her writing style that jarred. For example, the way she laid out Josie’s background story wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. Both with the order in which she described incidents and facts and some of the prose she used. Some of the dialogue between characters felt forced, out of context and a bit unnatural at times. As a pre-proofed arc, I tried to ignore the editing needs I encountered assuming that they would be fixed before publication.
In the first chapter we meet our heroine, Josie.
I liked her, she’s got gumption. Although she’s lost everything, she’s still fighting. She’s loyal, still has a sense of humour and is looking after her young nephew.
We’re introduced to our hero, Xander in the next chapter and I thought that he had potential.
He’s an alpha bear shifter in charge of a huge company. However, he still has an honourable humanity about him, a sense of humour and a kind heart. I liked the banter between him and Keir and chuckled at his “problem” of needing a fake mate to placate his human grandmother. So sweet.
I liked the personalities of our romantic couple and I enjoyed the emotional turmoil that their situation caused.
Having said that, I must just say that the “you are mine” declarations in these types of stories only gets me hot when the male also declares that he is hers completely too otherwise it’s just a chauvinistic pig statement for me and the magic’s gone. Unfortunately, Xander fell into this box all too often. Shame. 🙁
I understand that writing a standalone novella is challenging; creating a full, engaging story within so few pages.
Bought by the Bear is crammed pack with storylines. Xander’s need for a fake mate to satisfy his human grandmother, Julia, for him to settle down and have kids. Josie’s custody battle for her nephew Nick with his snobby grandmother, Mildred. Josie’s dire financial situation following her very messy divorce from Michael. A deranged wolf shifter on the loose. The prejudices Josie regularly experiences due to her size and cleaning job. Plus a mystery stalker/psycho fixated on her. All this running alongside the romance and relationship aspect! With so much going on, I felt that this story was rushed. Especially towards the end, to enable all the loose ends to get neatly tied up.
My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 2 Stars (It was OK)
Novella 3 – The Alpha and I by Kate Baxter
My thoughts about this story?
I am already a fan of Ms Baxter’s books. I find her writing style very easy to read. Her plots are engaging and her characters intelligently written and full of depth, including the supporting cast. I was delighted to find the same level of care and proficiency in this novella, The Alpha and I.
We meet both our male and female lead characters in the first chapter.
I liked Devon straight away, she’s what I look for in a heroine, intelligent, witty, resilient and self-reliant. She had gumption. However, life hasn’t been a bunch of roses, Devon comes with her own troubles and backstory. Our hero, Liam, is a werewolf and Alpha to a local(ish) pack. He has his own troubles nipping at his heels. I liked the humour and the way our romantic couple dealt with their feelings for each other. I also appreciated the fact that Liam had had to earn Devon’s trust. I think that made this paranormal tale feel more believable.
I really enjoyed The Alpha and I. But.
My only niggle is that Devon’s dog, Mac, wasn’t mentioned after they left him in her cabin to go to Liam’s pack in Stanley. I’m sure Devon wouldn’t have forgotten Mac. However, it would have been nice to get a sentence or two confirming this after the threat had ended.
Oh and I must just say that I liked the “can’t lie to a mate without pain” addition to the traditional werewolf lore that Ms Baxter created here. In short, I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anxiety and I felt the flutters of arousal; I was gripped from beginning to end.
My Goodreads Rating For This Novella: 5 Stars (It was amazing)
Basically what I’m saying is…
Confession time. I love paranormal romance stories with titillating sex scenes. However, my favourite authors manage to make the most explicit sex scenes still feel very romantic. I’m a soppy sod at heart. I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this. When reading ‘erotic’ or ‘passionate’ stories, I often feel that romance is sacrificed for porn-esque sex. For me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved.
So bearing that in mind, I think that this paranormal romance anthology is OK, I enjoyed reading it. Of the three novellas I really liked one (I’m sure you can guess which one, lol!) but still thought the other two were OK.
This book was a good opportunity for me to read a couple of new-to-me authors. Both keep popping up on my various “recommended book” feeds. However, I think I’d have felt a bit disappointed had I actually bought it myself. (n.b. the current Kindle selling price of £7.59 seems a bit steep to me.)
There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.
I’d recommend Thanks Fur Last Night to existing fans of Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden or Kate Baxter. Together with lovers of relationship and romance stories with oodles of action and passion galore.
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