Book Reviews

Animal Magnetism by Willow Scarlett and Andrea Speed at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-July-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

Do you laugh when you read a blurb about another book with an obscure animal shifter? Do you ever want to write a shifter story of your own but tire of those wolves and big cats and dragons? Well, here is your chance to write a character that changes into an animal your readers will be rushing to Google!
This man changes into one of these amazing creatures (your choice). Is he a timid African bongo, with graceful vertical horns? Is he a waddling capybara, who make some people giggle with mirth and others jump onto their dining room chairs at the sight of him?
Is he a civet, captured in an underground perfume trade? Is he a jerboa, with a tail longer than Princess Diana's wedding train? Or a kinkajou nicknamed Pooh-Bear for his love of honey?
Is he an okapi who looks like he can't decide what animal he is?

Photo Description:
The photo is of a hot nerdy guy. There’s really nothing more to it than that.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

This story is outrageously funny, cute, and has a great moral as well. Starting with a group therapy session for weird shifters (such as a dodo, a walrus, a kinkajou and a pangolin) and continuing with the play on superheroes, I can recommend this if you want a laugh. Heavy on the sweet and with just a touch of tender, the upbeat message for anyone who is different or feels their abilities just aren't properly valued comes across loud and clear.

Terry is the pangolin shifter, and boy, does he have a case of no self-confidence or pride in what type of shifter he is. It's his first visit to the group therapy session, and he's already trying to back out. His painful shyness combined with his shame about being a nerd and a weird shifter makes him a prime candidate for depression.

Craig is a kinkajou shifter (and yes, I had to Google that one), and I'm not sure why he's in the group because he's pretty self-confident and not in the least shy about approaching Terry. Maybe he's been to the sessions a few times, and has managed to work out his issues, whatever the case may be, he's exactly the right guy to pull Terry out of his funk.

If you like shifter stories about unusual animals, if you enjoy reading about men who help each other find a new purpose in life, and if you're looking for a read that is both funny and upbeat while not taking itself to seriously, you will probably like this free short story a lot!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 14 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-June-2013
Price FREE
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