Book Reviews

Creature Feature by Poppy Dennison and Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-November-2013

Book Blurb

Diagnosis: Wolf by Poppy Dennison

Thanks to his good-for-nothing brother, Andrew Hughes is up to his eyeballs in debt and needs a job fast. When a nursing position opens up in Myerson, Arizona, Andrew has no choice but to take it, despite a warning about how difficult a patient Caleb DiMartino can be. Andrew can deal with a little trouble—but Caleb’s strange family, the armed guards, and the unknown cause of Caleb’s mysterious illness may be beyond his skill set.

Landslide by Mary Calmes

For three years, paranormal courier Frank Corrigan has been working for incubus demon Cael Berith. Cael knows Frank is his mate, but Frank is pretty sure Cael doesn’t even like him, never mind want to spend the rest of his life with him, so their personal relationship is at an impasse. When Frank’s sister, Lindsey, gets bitten by a werewolf she's sleeping with—and possibly witnesses a murder—Frank rides to her rescue. If he’s lucky, he might just save his love life too.



Book Review

I loved the title and the cover of this book. Yep. I'm just that shallow to read a book because of those things. Well, the fact that two of my favorite authors, Mary Calmes and Poppy Dennison, had each written a paranormal 'Creature Feature' probably played a bigger part.

Diagnosis: Wolf by Poppy Dennison

Andrew needs money, badly, since his brother decided to "borrow" all of his savings and max out his credit card. If he doesn't get some work soon he won't be able to pay his rent. When the manager of the job service he works for calls, he'll do just about anything, even heading to a house where they've requested a female nurse, and where the father is apparently "difficult". But it's at double his normal hourly wage so he'll certainly try. Once Andrew gets inside the house, it's obvious the father isn't the problem, but his two bodyguards could use some manners. What's really strange, though, is that no one will tell him what is wrong with Caleb, and with no chart around, Andrew is left in the dark. He reluctantly agrees to care for Caleb for three days and, after that time, if he's going to stay on as his caretaker, Caleb's dad agrees to tell him everything.

Andrew's second day of work has an explosive beginning and, all of a sudden, Andrew is hit with the knowledge that shifters, wolf to be exact, do exist. It appears that Caleb has been growing weaker over the past few weeks and has now lost his ability to shift. Huh. A medical mystery, albeit of the paranormal type, for Andrew to focus on. The fact that Caleb's wolf appears to be responding to Andrew is taken as a good sign. Now, if only Andrew and Caleb can try to ignore their attraction while Andrew is working for him.

This is an exciting, fast-paced and very well written story. The climax (grins) left me breathless (snort) as there was a whole lot of intrigue and an action-packed ending. The romance between Andrew and Caleb was super sweet and I thought it was wonderful that both men got their perfect person when everything was said and done. Great story, Poppy, thank you!

Landslide by Mary Calmes

Demons, werewolves, witches, and more. Oh my! I love a good demon story and the fact that the author created a world where fairly regular people work as couriers for the paranormal was fascinating. Turns out paranormals don't trust other supernaturals to come and go from their homes, places of business, etc. Huh. Who knew? So, that's where Frank comes in. After eight years in the Marines he was introduced to the paranormal world, and being a big, tough bear who also is a mihr, someone whose mind and body cannot be messed with by paranormal tricks or magic, he took on the job of courier and has never looked back. He's worked for Cael, incubus demon, for the last three years. Of course, Cael claims that Frank is his mate and he even marked Frank with tattoos from head to toe, but Frank isn't buying the whole mate thing. Frank figures it's just demon doublespeak. Unfortunately for Frank, everything about Cael, even his true form in hell, just does it for Frank.

I fell for Frank and, amazingly, I fell for Cael, too. Frank is just a big ol' bear who likes to take care of people and protect them. I mean, in the three years he's been working as a courier for Cael, he's become friends with the werewolf who is always hired to steal whatever Frank is transporting. Frank even nicknamed the werewolf, Charming. It was really easy to view Cael as a power hungry demon, but he isn't. He has his own vulnerabilities and the fact that Frank doesn't believe he is his mate and won't spend time with Cael really hurts him. So, when Frank asks for Cael's assistance to help his little sister who got herself into a world of stupid trouble, Cael is thrilled to spend time with Frank. Helping Frank's sister doesn't turn out to be that easy, though, and the intimacy that Frank has fought against for three long years can't help but come to the forefront during their "adventure".

Wow. These guys were intensely hot together. Watching Frank lust for Cael's dominance was intensely erotic and when Cael claimed him? Oh boy. Cold shower might have been required. I'm not admitting to anything, though. This was a great story and I loved every minute of it and really would like to see more of Cael, Frank, and this world. Thank you, Mary!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Anthology/ 2 novellas, 236 pages/65501 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-March-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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