Book Reviews

Trickster by Nicola Cameron at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-August-2014

Book Blurb

Delaney Smith, coyote shifter and Trickster Technologies executive, thinks humans are bland, boring, and undateable. So he gets the shock of his life when he comes back from vacation and scents his mate in the Trickster offices — a mate who is not only male, but quite human.

Mark Fellowes is taken aback when the CTO at his new contract job makes a pass at him, and even more surprised at his temptation to respond. Straight and dating a career-minded businesswoman, he’s never even thought about kissing another man — until now.

When Mark is attacked by thieves trying to steal company files, Delaney must put aside his preconceptions to protect his mate. But will a criminal bent on destroying Trickster Tech separate them before he can stake his claim?


Book Review

Trickster is a very fitting name for a company run by coyotes, but as much humor as it reveals, the pack behind this business is very serious about what they do. The company structure is based on the pack’s hierarchy though, and that did make me chuckle because so many companies in real life are all about the “top dogs” behaving like alphas and betas do in a pack, challenges for power included. The added element of having humans in the mix without said humans being aware of whom they work for made things more interesting – for the coyote shifter who finds out his mate is a mere human, and the human who suddenly finds himself thrown into a world where shifters exist.

Delaney may be a shifter, but he is full of prejudice against humans. Not that he discriminates against them in a work situation, he isn’t speciesist (I love that word) after all, he just thinks they are inferior and not meant for him. Imagine his shock when he discovers his mate is one of them; it almost shocks him more than the fact he is a man. That, after all, is something that was always a possibility since he is bisexual. Interestingly, he adapts quite quickly. For him, a mate is a mate and that’s the end of the discussion. He is considerate and gives Mark time to adapt, while still being very possessive and wanting to claim him right away. But when Mark is attacked by thieves, Delaney goes into full protective mode.

Mark is a programmer, good at what he does, and has been hired as a contractor for a huge project Trickster is working on. He also has a girlfriend (of only one month and she’s kind of standoffish), so when Delaney makes a pass at him, he is upset. But he knows Delaney is one of the owners, and he doesn’t want to lose his job, so what is he going to do? Besides, he was really tempted to kiss the man – and that confuses him to no end. But that is only the beginning of the confusion that follows, one weird event chasing the other until the full extent of the intrigue is revealed. One thing becomes clear really quickly: the heat between him and Delaney is more intense than he could have ever imagined.

If you like watching shifters interact with the “real world” as we know it in a business context, if you enjoy reading about men who didn’t expect to be attracted to each other yet cannot help themselves, and if you’re looking for a fun, short mystery-like read with lots of hot man-on-shifter action, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 19400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-February-2014
Price $3.99 ebook
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