Chayton Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Much to his Native American parents chagrin, he has always dreamed of a fair-haired, Caucasian mate. However, he never imagined his mate would be male. As a heterosexual man, heâ€s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but more than willing to find out.
Keaton Reynolds wakes up, in wolf form, and finds himself with a mate. Heâ€s instantly attracted, but not so thrilled to find out the man is straight. Having been in a relationship once before where his partner professed to be â€śNot gayâ€ť left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chayâ€”but Chay is not ready to let him go.
Together the two work to solidify their shaky relationship and battle the prejudices against homosexuals. Chay must deal with not only his motherâ€s prejudices against gay men but also her hatred of white people. When a power struggle in Keatonâ€s pack threatens Keatonâ€s life, the two men learn to depend on one another and their relationship to get them through it.
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence and hot man-love.
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57 of 62 found the following review helpful:
Just for funJul 26, 2007
By K. Frick
I'm female, straight and over 50 -- does that disqualify me from enjoying this story? I hope not because I found it a flat out fun read. How can you not like a book where the hero finds his soul mate and the mate is the wrong gender? I loved the line "you're my mate, I just haven't figured out what to do with you yet". Not classic literature but nice characters with enough of a plot line that you keep reading. If this was chick lit, it would be called "great beach read." So read it, already.
54 of 61 found the following review helpful:
Fabulous!Apr 24, 2007
By Jem This is a wonderful paranormal gay romance! The main characters have great chemistry, and the story is fast paced. And, despite the tag line, this isn't about a straight man being "turned gay" by true love. Chay has had relationships with women, but he has also experimented a little with men. Once he gets over the suprise of having a male mate, he works to make a life with Keaton. The werewolf aspect of the story is not the main focus, but it provides a great backdrop.
Like many gay romances, there is a lot of angst as the men overcome obstacles, but there is also a lot of humor. Langley is an excellent writer. There is frequent hot sex, but the two men also build their relationship outside the bedroom. This is part of a loosely connected series called the "With or Without" series. The first story, "With Love" can be found in the anthology "Hearts from the Ashes" and feature alpha werewolf Devlin and his new mate, the omega Laine. The next book, "With Caution" is coming soon. I highly recommend all the books by this author.
37 of 46 found the following review helpful:
If you want mushy domesticity and lots of sex, this is your book. If you're looking for something more, well...Nov 02, 2007
By Lauren Shannon
I purchased this book because it had two of my favorite things; werewolves and male/male romance. It made valiant attempts at both, and even some effort toward plot, but the end result were repeating dull scenes of overdone "happy home life" interjected with decently written porn and shallow drama easily resolved by the next chapter.
The book does have a strong start; the author does a good job setting up the characters' personalities and the outlining the potential future conflicts of their relationship. There's racial tension and the expected homophobia tension. The author is also obliviously trying to avoid the "stereotypes" of fictional gay couples having a wimpy "female" role and a strong and controlling "male" role, and does so admirably. Alas for my tastes, the supernatural angle of werewolves is used as a plot device for explaining how quickly the two guys fall for each other.
It begins to loose it's "oomph" after that, as the next several chapters center around the two characters getting hard-ons for each other and their relationship being held up by the infamous "I'm gay, but you're not, even though you say it's okay and you love me anyways, I refuse to date a straight guy" scenario. Once they resolve this, everything quickly moves into them living together, having sex, and cute moments with the their pet puppy. Oh yeah, and the one guy nearly dies a few times.
For myself, the characters did not have a distinctive enough voice or enough spark to their relationship for the Happy Family Life moments to really hold my attention. They weren't bad, there just wasn't enough too them; they revealed nothing new or interesting about the characters themselves and showed no changes or development in their relationship. Conflict was, as stated above, easily resolved, and conveyed no real depth of feeling. I couldn't connect with the seriousness of any given situation because I couldn't really believe how strongly the characters were feeling it. Instead of coming off as a well-rounded, occasionally unstable, developing relationship, it instead felt like I was reading someone's opinion of what they thought a relationship SHOULD be -- complete with kissy moments, cute pet names, snappy dialog, and a clever joke to round up each scene.
All that said, if you like brain fluff and good man-on-man porn, than you might get into this one. The overall writing isn't bad and the characters aren't annoying. But if you're looking for substance and engaging characterization, this isn't it.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Very Little ContentJun 21, 2007
By Jane Not enough descriptive narrative of places, things. This story lacks sufficient character development and not enough plot development. I am wary of double-spaced stories because it usually means not enough content. This is true. Typically in a double-spaced story the author does not take the time to put us in the setting but rather uses one very long sentence to sum up something in which she should really take her time and add A FEW MORE WORDS!
A simplistic story that lacks any imagination. Just read the synopsis. It is enough.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Good plot, but... (spolier-free)Feb 19, 2011
By Anonymous I like the plot, and I find it refreshing that I could only spot one typo in the book, given how many I had found in other published, pro writers' works. The writing is okay, but I seriously considered giving up halfway through and had to make myself finish reading this book because:
1. I had a hard time finding the word "prick" hot. And it was used a lot throughout the book. I prefer "cock" and "dick", but at least the author didn't use "manhood" or "tool" or "meat" - thank all the gods of such things.
2. There was an awful lot of sex. And trust me when I say I'm the last person on earth to complain about too much gay porn, but since I got jolted right out of the story every time I saw the word "prick", I could not enjoy the sex at all and I started skipping the sex scenes about the third time it happened - which means I probably skipped about half the book.
3. I got confused because the author kept switching between the names Keaton and Bit (Chay's nickname for Keaton). If there was any reason other than that she didn't want to keep using the same name over and over again, I certainly didn't get it. When the two names kept popping up in the same paragraph, it was simply irritating. It also prevented me from getting into the story and developing feelings for the character.
4. Like another reviewer R. Stewart said, people do NOT use each other's names constantly during every conversation. Another big turn-off that made it so irritating to try to finish reading the book.
In conclusion, this is not a book that I would recommend, but I got it for USD[...] (it's USD0.00 if you buy it the US Kindle store) so I'm not complaining too much.
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