Book Review: An Owl Surfaces by Stephani Hecht

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: An Owl Surfaces
Author: Stephani Hecht
Series: Flushing Owl #1
Heroes: Kayden/Austin
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 79 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Available at: Extasy Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Sometimes, the one love you seek is closer than you ever imagined.

As an Elf Owl shifter, Kayden is the smallest one in his Parliament. But that hasn’t stopped him from being an important member. An IT tech, he can hack his way into any computer system. Plus, he’s in charge of his own group’s security. Now, if he could only get their leader, Austin, to notice him for something more than his technical skills.

Austin takes his job as the leader of his small Parliament of Owls seriously, which leaves little time for himself. However, he can’t help but notice the cute, small tech, Kayden. But Austin knows he has no time for romance. Not if he wants to keep his group safe.

Will Austin and Kayden find a way to get together? Or are they forever doomed to be alone?



When owl shifter, Kayden, is kidnapped, he’s confidant his Parliament will come save him even when everything and everyone points to them not coming. Kayden knows his leader and long time crush, Austin, won’t give up on rescuing him and when he’s proven right, he’ll do everything he can not to put the Parliament in jeopardy again. But Kayden’s capture may prove more dangerous than anyone knew and lead the enemy straight to them. Can these owls figure out what’s attracting the enemies so quickly? Or more importantly, will Austin ever realize that the one person meant for him may just be the geeky tech guy he’s done everything in his power to resist?

This was SUCH a cute story! I’m a very big fan of avian shifters and I do believe this is the first book I read that had owl shifters in it. It was very refreshing to have a different type of shifter. Add to that, these owl shifters are constantly on the run to avoid being captured by enemy owls who are hellbent on executing these ‘abominations’ just because they’re gay. As characters, Kayden is extremely adorable. I loved his infatuation with Austin and how obvious it was. At the same time, I found Austin’s attempts to resist Kayden very amusing. These two were so obvious in their longing for each other that EVERYONE knew that they were meant to be together and did their best to push them to take that final step.

This was a pretty interesting book but it lacked the length and a lot of the depth that could have really made it great. I felt like the blurb gave more details into the background of the story than the actual story itself did. The characters are enjoyable but they lack the necessary characterization to make them three-dimensional. The same with the world-building and the villains.

In the end, while this is definitely a cute story, it could have been longer and more detailed to really give it the ‘meat’ it deserved. As it is, this was a good start to a new series about a group of gay owl shifters trying to stay alive. Hopefully, as the series progresses, more of the world will unfold and we’ll get to know the characters better. If you’re looking for something quick, easy and fun to read, give this one a try 🙂

Overall Impression: It was good

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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