I’ve been enjoying Shapeshifters since I discovered HBO’S Trueblood and following that Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series (the books Trueblood is based on). Although I’m aware that her work is probably derivative of legions upon legions of Shapeshifter erotica and romance books long before hers broke into mainstream publishing, I still get that exciting Trueblood feel from paranormal stuff like this. It’s a great feeling!
I especially love anything involving characters from the southern states of America. I’ve never been there (though I have family living in Texas) but I’ve always had this burning desire to go, especially when that whole region sounds so…Rustic and exciting in the books.
I know, I know. Probably wishful thinking…But that’s not what the authors say! Desiree Holt, for example, says in the back of this short story that Texas inspires everything she writes. Does that mean sexy southern Sam-Merlotte-esque shifters are real? Pleeeeease?
Anyway, on to the review!
I really enjoyed this little freebie from the Naughty Nooners selection. The story was linear and simple, and the hero is a definite hunk – to use Trueblood as an example, think Aclide Hervaux. Yep. Mmmhm. I particularly enjoyed the whole voyeurism aspect, which also gave me the impression that this story was targeted at men as much as women. Men love watching sexy ladies, don’t they? (psst, we love watching sexy men! You know, in a clean, breaking-no-laws kind of way)
Liane and Charlie give in to their natural urges in a delightfully wolfy way under the moonlight on her back porch, where they discover that they’re in fact in love with one another. N’aw!
Here’s the blurb:
In Line of Sight, Charlie Aquino had trouble believing his partner, Jesse Farrell, fell in love with a shapeshifter. Now he’s drawn to one himself, Liane Cosa, a woman who makes his blood boil, his body hard, and erotic images scream in his brain. One hot night, beneath a full moon, they finally come together, indulging themselves in an orgy of unbridled lust where anything goes. But what will happen when the moon finally sets and daylight creeps up on them? (Desiree Holt)
I didn’t realize this, but it looks like this is part of some kind of mini series, or at least the stories are linked. I really like that as a concept, because erotic romance – or “Romantica” as EC calls it- lends itself so well to the short story form.
Regrettably, there were a few editing issues. They didn’t spoil the story, but I did find them a little jarring. There are many instances, particularly around the sex scenes, when words get very repetitious in the same sentences/paragraphs. As a writer, I understand that this kind of thing happens, but you’ve got to fish these naughty little words out!
The other problem was a few typos, or misspellings, such as “She through her arms around…” as opposed to “threw”. Again, these are innocent enough, but issues with editing can potentially spoil the story.
HAVING SAID THAT – This was a free read! So you know, it’s all give and take.
I thought Hot Moon Rising was a lot of fun. Hey, if it can remind me so much of one of my favourite TV shows (and I watch a LOT of TV!) then it has to be on to a winner, no?
Enjoy some wolfy-love under the moon HERE!
*I have two more EC freebie stories to review, so check back!