Book Review: Taming the Owl by Stephani Hecht

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Taming the Owl
Author: Stephani Hecht
Series: Flushing Owl #2
Heroes: Gene/Leon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 68 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: June 15, 2014
Available at: Extasy Books and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Sometimes your past has a way of catching up with you, even if you don’t know what said past may be.

When Gene was freed from prison, he was more than happy to join Austin’s Owl Parliament. After all, Gene’s childhood family had exiled him and turned their backs, leaving Gene nowhere to go. He was a nobody. A floater. Just a whisper in the wind.

Ever since Gene joined the Parliament, Leon finds he is drawn to the newcomer. But there are just a few problems, as Gene is smart-mouthed, snarky, cocky, never listens to orders, and has more attitude than a four-year-old who has been denied his candy.

Then an unexpected threat comes from Gene’s past and threatens his life. Will Leon be able to save him? If so, will he be able to overcome all his fears in order to claim Gene as his?



Since being rescued by Austin’s Owl Parliament, Gene has found it difficult to find his place in the group. Determined to pull his weight, he’ll even get a job to help out. Leon’s been drawn to Gene since he’s joined them and to keep Gene out of trouble, he’s willing to keep the other owl close by forcing him to help Leon. But while life has settled down a bit, Gene’s past comes roaring back with a new threat that he doesn’t even understand. A threat even more dangerous than enemy owls.

Oh man. This story, it was so cute! I just adored Gene and Leon. Gene is a smart-mouthed, irritating little thing that has no issues with saying whatever he wants and pouting when he doesn’t get his way. Leon is his opposite and pretty much of the ‘no bullshit’ attitude. The two are drawn to each other and I loved that they weren’t circling around their feelings but instead were just waiting to be able to act on them without the whole Parliament hearing them bond.

My issues with this one are pretty much the same as they were with An Owl Surfaces. The story is cute and quick but it lacks the depth and development to really make it a great story. The characters are charming but they have no characterization to them so they’re still a mystery when the story is over. On top of that, I have a ton of questions about the creatures that were chasing Gene and exactly why they were doing so. Or, more to say, exactly what ‘crime’ was done to them to warrant their threat and what happens next.

Overall, this was a cute little story that was a ton of fun to read. I loved seeing Gene and Leon get a story because they both intrigued me in the previous book. The book is a fast read and has a bit of action to it and I did like the plot even if it wasn’t as developed as it could have been. I sincerely wish this one had been longer because I would have loved to see more of the connection between Gene and Leon and the banter that was in this story. A longer book with more details would have made this one even better but I won’t deny I’m enjoying this series 🙂

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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