Author: Christi Snow
Series: Texas Paranormals 2
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website:
A year ago Corey Abbott’s life entered the realm of the bizarre when he discovered the things that go bump in the night are real. But working for the local vampire council didn’t prepare him for were-deer shifters.
Nine months ago Dare Buckley’s herd abandoned him. Now, he’s slowly going mad from Lyme disease...something that doesn’t hurt normal deer, but for were-deer is fatal.
On one snowy, sleet-filled night, the two collided...literally.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Corey's driving home from work when the biggest deer he's ever seen jumps in front of his truck. He hits the deer and is pretty sure he killed it, so he decides to bring it home for the meat. Except, when he gets home there's a man in place of the deer; a man Corey is having trouble taking his eyes off of. Of course, that attraction might just get them both killed.
Dubious consent appears to be a running theme for this series. Normally I would have a big issue with that, however Snow does a good job of showing that the lack of consent goes both ways. The mating urge overtook both Corey and Dare and the graphic sex that ensued was neither of their faults. Still, it was definitely right on the edge of making me very uncomfortable.
What really disappointed me in this book was the lack of detail. I get that it was set up as a short holiday story, but the reader is only given hints of vampires, fae, deer shifters, and an entire magical community somewhere out there. Corey is new to the community and his trying to figure out his place in it is central to his character, and yet all of that was completely glossed over. Instead, the reader is treated to yet another round of graphic sex. I don't mind sex when it's well written, but it didn't actually add all that much of substance to this story. If you take out all the sex scenes, you're left with maybe ten pages of actual plot, and that just wasn't enough to carry the book.
The dubious consent in this story was actually explained fairly well, so it didn't bother me as much as it ordinarily would have, but the lack of detail everywhere else in the story did bother me. That is why I can't recommend this book.
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