review: Petra and the Wolf

Title: Pumpkin Spice: Petra and the Wolf

Author: Gigi Gericault

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WhatWhat: A witch in search of the catalyst that will unleash her powers finds it, and it’s alive. Specifically, it’s a gorgeous wolf shifter named Dodger. They have sex.

Money Quotes:

Dodger caught her effortlessly, and she wrapped her legs around his tapered waist.

“You brute!” She panted against his parted lips.

“My witch,” he growled possessively, groping her ass through the light fabric of her dress. He dropped to his knees, still holding her flush against his body. (loc 118)

Verdict: This is definitely erotic romance (specifically “erotic paranormal romance,” I guess), not hardcore erotica. Nothing weird happens here, and there’s a definite happy-ever-after ending. I realize I’m using “nothing weird happens” to describe sex between a witch and a werewolf, but I’ve been at this a long time, and my palate’s jaded. This is sweet and romantic, and yes, erotic; perfect for the romance reader who likes a high “heat level” and wants a short Halloween read.

review: Deep South Wolves 2: Hunter’s Creek

Title: Deep South Wolves 2: Hunter’s Creek

Author: Kaden Mallory

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WhatWhat: Kage and Jason go to a gay bar to pick up a guy, only Jason is in wolf form (Kage explains this away as “he’s a service dog”). Kage fucks the guy under a bridge, and then Jason mounts him. Yes: the guy they pick up is in for not just surprise buttsex, but surprise bestiality.

Money Quotes:

Even as he was pulling out, Jason surged up onto the man’s back. He clamped both forepaws around Daniel’s waist.

“What the fuck?” Daniel, also breathless and wet with sweat, tried to scramble away.

Jason snarled and bit down on the back of Daniel’s neck, his head turned sideways for a firm hold. (loc 166)

Verdict: I’m amazed that this actually went to the dogdick place. I mean, I know all werewolf erotica and omegaverse stuff is damned close at the best of times, but this kicked it up a notch. Or a knot, I suppose.

DNF: Omega: Destined to the Alpha

This is my first official DNF. There aren’t a lot of stories I don’t finish, and when I do I don’t usually mention them here at Lover, Raptor, Gentleman. Since not finishing a story is usually a matter of personal taste–a bad fit between myself and the stories kinks, tropes, or setting–it doesn’t seem worth reviewing something I just didn’t click with.

But there is a lot of Omegaverse fiction out there right now, and wading through the torrents of werewolf cum can be difficult. It’s worth weeding the field, I think. So this is my first DNF report. I’m not using the author’s name in my tags or categories, because it’s entirely possible that at some stage an editor or proofreader got onboard and improved matters, and if so, I don’t think linking other stories to this one is necessary.

But this one? Yikes.

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Title: Omega: Destined to the Alpha

You know, I should have guessed from the awkwardly-worded title that there were problems ahead, but when I downloaded it I’d convinced myself that maybe there were just too many things titled “destined for the alpha” already.

Author: Aiden Bates

WhatWhat: After a blowjob and the resultant car crash, Michael wakes with a handsome stranger staring at him. He knows nothing about this man, but thinks of him as “The Alpha,” and is soon in a car with him having sex again. According to the summary on Amazon there is mpreg in this, but I quit before that point.

Money Quotes:

The Alpha looked down and his cock wriggled at the soft of the boy’s big lips wrapped around it. (loc 48)

I don’t know what’s worse: the “soft”? The wriggling cock? The fact that the mention of big lips makes me picture a young Mick Jagger?

The Alpha but the Omega’s lip and laughed. Gabriel at the electric jolt of Gabriel pinching the boy’s nipples. (loc 122)

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Their eyes met and Andy felt a burst of ecstacy move up and down his body as warm milked streamed into the boy’s mouth. (loc 55)

The man turned around and walked out with his butt shaking sensuously. (loc 81)

Sadly, this is not a sex scene:

Michael didn’t like the way this man was shoving his way in. (loc 115)

Michael found himself nesting against the man’s shoulders before he caught himself and sat his head up straight. (loc 115)

“Nesting” and “nestling” are two different words, and unless Michael’s got a beak full of twigs, that’s the wrong one in that sentence. But that fades into insignificance next to the delightful insanity of “he sat his head up straight.”

Wonders of the Insect World:

The Omega’s moth was warm and soft. (loc 55)

Verdict: For the love of kindleporn, hire an editor, or suck off someone literate in exchange for beta-reading.