Book Reviews

Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines 2) by M.A. Church

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-September-2019

Book Blurb

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2015.

Book Review

“It slammed into me, but this time it was stronger. Much stronger. Fresher. It saturated every cell in my body, took me by the throat, and sank its fangs into me. The scent whispered dark, needy things in my ear. My cock sprang up, my balls high and tight to my body. Mate, mate, mate.”

The scent that Heller has been waiting forever for. Too bad it's coming from a human. Heller really doesn't like humans, and his dislike is so pervasive, it caused real problems between him and his friend Dolf when Dolf and Tal mated Kirk. In fact, almost a year later, Heller and Dolf still don't have the same close friendship that they used to. Granted, Heller has a legitimate reason for his feelings, but it's not one he's ever been willing to share.

Lawson is confused beyond belief. This gorgeous guy comes in, acts like he might pass out, then he gets friendly, and then he runs like the hounds of hell are after him. Lawson is not happy when his best friends Janelle and Marshell, who are brother and sister Vetalas—a snakelike paranormal—inform him that guy is some sort of werecat and Lawson's mate. Well, then why did he run from Lawson?

“Funny how things turned around on me. Lawson’s humanity wasn’t the tremendous issue I once thought it was—and wasn’t that just a shocker? All it took was a perceived threat to my mate for me to wake up and see that. I guess it was the kick in the ass I needed.”

Heller is so adorable with his two, count them two, walk-in closets crammed full of clothes, and the fact he doesn't leave the house without styling his long, black hair. He's a good guy, who suffered the loss of a loved one at the hands of a human. I could certainly understand his feelings, but better yet, so could Lawson. Because Lawson has been living with paranormals for ten years, his thinking tends to be more along theirs, especially with regards to punishment, vengeance, and revenge.

This was a wonderful follow-up to the first book in the series. Heller is so different, once Lawson gets to really see him, from the persona he puts on. He's a little shy, vulnerable, and just wants someone to come home to, to share his life with. He endeared himself to me very early on. Lawson is the perfect mate for Heller as he's not shy about standing up for himself, and he has no problem being an equal with Heller. The fact that Lawson can be dominant in the bedroom came as a fun, sexy surprise, and matched really well with what Heller needed.

The author has left me jonesing for the next book. I can't wait to see what's going to happen with Marshell and Remi, plus the psychotic werewolf out to kill anyone who Marshell is close to. As it was, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what else the author can bring my way.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 269 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-August-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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