Werewolf PTA by Felicitas Ivey

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Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 24,  2016
Pages: 51 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Dr. Malak Shahzed moved to the small town of Goodfields for a quiet practice and a chance to leave his other life behind. Finding kind and handsome Sheriff Shiloh Payne is a bonus. Their relationship is mostly stolen glances and innocent meetings, but Malak wants to play doctor with Shiloh—if the sheriff feels the same.

All is not well in Goodfields. After each PTA meeting, the body of a single man is found torn apart by a wild animal, and the town is getting nervous.

Murder is complicating Malak’s seduction of Shiloh, especially since he knows more than he is willing to admit. Because sane people don’t believe in werewolves…. Do they?


Okay. So this one didn’t work for me and I am bummed at that. Maybe it’s my fault for thinking the title would involve more of a cute scenario with the whole PTA deal and schools and… yeah, I really thought that would be in the book but it wasn’t and now I’m totes confused.

So, Malak is a doctor and something else but we don’t know what. We know he likes the Sheriff, aka Shiloh, of the small town he has moved to for a change… why the change and what he is looking for again, we don’t know but it’s hinted at A LOT. We also know there is a string of murders that seem to be related and seem to be of more animal based than human and so there must be shifters about somewhere, right?

Before I get too into the story, I do want to say I liked the take on the differences between what a Were  was and what a Shifter is. The explanation was detailed so that I got it and that I liked the line drawn between the two. Now having said that, it was about the only thing that was detailed, organized and made sense through the book.

I am not going to go into what I didn’t work for me as this is a short story… sigh. This had a so much potential to be really good and interesting but it really fell flat. I wish Shiloh had stayed with the shy personality we got in the beginning instead of the sex machine we get later. Had we learned more about Malak and what Faysal were and maybe just … I wish Malak would have not played the ‘I’m not what you think I am card’ less and crap, I don’t know.

This had again, potential to be a great story had it been longer, maybe? Ugh.

About Felicitas Ivey

Felicitas Ivey is the pen name of a very frazzled helpdesk drone at a Boston-area university. She’s an eternal student even with a BA in anthropology and history, since free classes are part of the benefits. She’s taken courses on gothic architecture, premodern Japanese literature, and witchcraft, just because they sounded like fun. She has traveled to Japan and Europe and hopes to return to both in the future.

She knits and cross-stitches avidly, much to the disgust of her cat, Smaugu, who wants her undivided attention. He’s also peeved that she spends so much time writing instead of petting him. She writes urban fantasy and horror of a Lovecraftian nature, monsters beyond space and time that think that humans are the tastiest things in the multiverse.

Felicitas lives in Boston with her beloved husband, known to all as The Husband, and the aforementioned cat, whom the husband swears is a demon, even though it’s his fault that they have the cat. The husband also is worried about Felicitas’s anime habit, her love for J-Pop music, and her extensive collection of Yaoi manga and Gundam Wing doujinshi, which has turned her library into a Very Scary Place for him.

Tartan Candy by KC Burn

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Release Date: February 26, 2016
Pages: 206 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.



This was different than I expected though I am honestly not sure exactly what I expected but what I got was well… yeah.

Told from the dual POV’s of our MC’s, we meet Raven first as he is working as an escort to the despicable human being named Jeremy during the weekend of his high school reunion. Raven is sporting a nice kilt, in the Royal Stewart plaid complete with a sporran and of course, he is eye candy for doing so. But Raven, he is bored and he really is just there for the money and Jeremy is an ass so Raven attempts to find other things to do. When his first night leaves him with a sweltering hotel room, in Florida, with a broken AC, the repairman who shows up turns a crank Raven thought was dead and gone. You see, as the blurb states, Raven is a retired porn star and his retirement was forced due to an accident that left him unable to perform yet this dude walks into his room to make the room cold and ends up making Raven hot. Yup. I went there with the puns.

Said repairman, also known as Caleb, has the hots for one pale skinned Raven as well but neither man acknowledges the attraction nor really talk to one another when they first meet. They have a lot of fantasies about one another but there is no interaction with them for some time. Caleb, comes from a traditional Cuban family who does not know he is gay… I have a thing for boys in the closet and what Caleb goes through with snide comments from his family hurt. I was worried how this would go about, how he would be able to attempt anything with Raven with his family not knowing about his sexuality and would it create unnecessary angst.

So, they do finally find a way to see one another again with a purposely broken A/C unit, a kilt and a quiet understanding of want, things get a bit awkward. I do like that Raven has ghosts from his accident and his porn past colliding. This relationship, if one is going to happen at all will be doubly difficult as both men are arriving with baggage but I get Raven’s hang-up when it comes to intimacy.

Now, I really wanted to like this book. I did, it has all the trappings and tropes that I love but at about 35% I, well… got bored.

What makes this book not work for me is the time the MC’s spent apart. I get it, they have separate lives but I came to read a romance and it’s hard to read a romance when the MC’s aren’t together. The other thing that makes this not work for me and something I was waiting for the most though, was for Raven to become Finlay, to drop the candy coated fancy name. To keep using his porn name became pretentious and really kept me from connecting to him the way I wanted to. Yes, I know they why is briefly stated but why even give us a name duality if it’s going to be glossed over like that?

I did like that Caleb was patient with Raven’s injuries and issues with sex. I like that Raven was patient with Caleb’s reasons for not being out to his family but when Caleb finds out what Raven does and then how the book ends? It just was off for me and I never felt the romance between these two men.

Sometimes books work and sometimes they didn’t. Sadly, this one didn’t work for me regardless of the kilt factor.

About KC Burn

KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own—getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.