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by Greta Stone
Published by Skeleton Key Publishing
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, MM
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Peter is a kitsune. It means that chaos follows him wherever he goes. Good intentions, bad intentions---it doesn’t matter. Even mimicking the howl of a friend he hasn’t seen in over a decade turns out to have disastrous consequences.
The wolf doesn’t have a name. For now, he goes by Luca. He has no past, and as a slave who’s only just managed to escape the clutches of a cruel master, if he can’t stay hidden in the shadows, he’ll have no future.
When he hears his own howl come from the mouth of another, he’s drawn to investigate, and ends up saddled with a mouthy fox who insists they used to be friends once upon a time.
Petty problems and a dubious reunion are pushed aside the longer they're stranded together.
The Underwood is a dangerous place. If they want to survive, they have to work together.
The alternative is death.
We live in a day and age where gay relationships are both widely accepted and extremely shunned. Take Disney. They include a gay moment in their latest animated film and the world either celebrates them, or shuns the movie completely – over a very small dance.
If you have any issues what-so-ever with gay relationships, this book is so not for you. If you have trouble reading moments of eroticism, once again, find another book.
I have mixed emotions about this story. I enjoyed watching the relationship blossom between the “fox” and the “hound”. It is difficult being a young adult and navigating the myriad of emotions that come with growing up. I thought the author did a great job of developing the characters on a deeper level. Even though they are mythical beings, they are well-thought out. I wanted to get to know them more.
I also liked the general story line of the story. I love a good paranormal story; they are my go-to genre. I like the idea of paranormal orphans being taken in by granny in the shoe. I like the adventure between the two young men. (I won’t say more, as I don’t want to give anything away.) And the “slave” plot line and pack mentality hierarchy is interesting. It makes me want to learn a little more about the political structure in New Gotham. I am curious to learn more of how the monsters fit in legally in this world.
Here’s what I didn’t like. I felt that some of the writing was a little hard to follow. The different mixes of mythologies and American folklore was convoluted. I had to re-read parts several times to understand. I also didn’t like that she names her world “New Gotham”. Although it seems like a petty dislike, it bothered me throughout the story. Gotham will forever be related to Batman for me.
That being said, I look forward to reading more by Greta Stone. I like her general view on life as mentioned in her author bio. The general idea of life not being black and white. This is my view as well and I like seeing that portrayed in my reading material.