Book Reviews

Salamander Moon by Kate Roman at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 22-October-2012

Book Blurb

In the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, florist Rhyan Hall accidentally outs himself as a salamander shifter to his crush, hunky ceramicist Mike Chen. But can Rhyan trust Mike with his secret? And in the midst of the town’s autumn moose festival, will Mike find a way to share his own true nature?


Book Review

This is a short, fun story that made me smile from the first moment. It isn't every day that you encounter a were-salamander, or actually a salamander shifter since, as Rhyan says, "The moon has nothing to do with it." And when that salamander shifter gets himself into a mess, then figures he needs to run, only to find  out he's been invited to a date, you can be sure what happens is not going to be scary. Instead, this is a short story filled with humor, fun observations, and a shifter who can speak in his shifted form. Definitely to be read with your sense of humor fully deployed.


Ryhan is a florist, and I loved the explanation of why that was the ideal job for him. He turns into a salamander at the most inopportune moments, and since he was the only one in his family, and rejected by his parents because of it, he is pretty lonely. His first instinct when the man he crushes on discovers his secret is to run. Not that I can blame him, a salamander, even a talking one, is pretty small and defenseless.


Mike is a fellow shop owner, and even though he ends up almost being strangled by the makeshift anti-burglar device Rhyan has installed, his interest in Rhyan is clear. He is pretty tolerant and seems very interested in how things work for Rhyan. He turns out to be a very loving man and just what Rhyan needs – in more than one respect!


If you like stories that make you laugh, if you enjoy humor in your romances, and if you're interested in reading about non-standard shifters, you will probably like this short book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 32 pages/8200 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-October-2012
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