Book Reviews

Happy Birthday to Me by Stephanie Burke at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-April-2021

Book Blurb

Mason Klien, larger-than-life alpha, is just what Maxie needs to make his birthday night special.

Clancy Maxwell is an omega who is unique even to his own sub species. He's far shorter than most of the supposedly more delicate type, but the tiny redhead does not have a submissive bone in his body.

After ditching one puffed-up alpha, the ex-stripper-turned-business-owner focuses his attention to Mason, an alpha with a small submissive streak.

But this is just a one-night stand... or is it?


First edition published by Changeling Press, April 2014.


Book Review

When “accepted wisdom” for shifter stories is turned upside its head, and the story is told with a ton of humor and many laugh-out-loud moments, it can lead to a very entertaining story. Such is the case with ‘Happy Birthday to Me' where the omega is dominant, the alpha has a submissive streak a mile wide, but neither of them can completely ignore their biological imperatives. Watching how that works out for the two main characters of this hilarious short story was not only a lot of fun but also very hot.

Clancy Maxwell is a successful business owner, used to be an exotic dancer, and usually gets his way. He happens to be an omega whom people expect to be submissive, but why should that stop him? He knows who he is and a little biological predetermination isn’t going to stand in his way. Oh, and he hates the name Clancy, instead going by Maxie. When his birthday (blind) date with a more than obnoxious alpha turns sour, he is only too happy to take Mason home with him. Mason may also be an alpha, looking for one is just part of Maxie’s nature, but he is also a nice guy who refuses to use his “alpha scent” to try to trap Maxie.

Mason is hot for Maxie the moment he sees him. It may be his day off (he works at the club as a bouncer), but that doesn’t mean he is going to watch the arrogant alpha out to get into the omega’s pants get his way. When it is clear Maxie wants nothing to do with him, Mason steps in. Being asked to go home with the hot guy is an unexpected bonus.  The sex that follows is incendiary, and Mason regrets it was just a one-night stand (Maxie’s idea, not his), but he is a man of his word and slinks away before Maxie wakes up. 

And yes, you guessed it. What follows is two men moping and unhappy because they didn’t get what they really wanted. Needless to say, neither of them communicated what that might be, so they shouldn’t have been surprised. It all felt a little high school to me, but with the humorous tone the book is written in, I can’t say it surprised me. So, I leaned back and watched the comedy of errors take its course. It’s very hot course, I might add.

If you like shifters who don’t take their natures, or themselves, very seriously, if you enjoy reading about two bullheaded men who blame each other for getting it wrong, but don’t seem too inclined to fix it themselves, and if you’re looking for a read that is as funny as it is hot, then you ill probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 67 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-April-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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