Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Mating Balance
Authors: Gina A. Rogers and Kyle Adams
Series: Love’s Landscapes
Heroes: Seth & Troy
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 68 Pages
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Release Date: July 11, 2014
Available at: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
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Blurb: Dear Author,
I am a shifter looking for my mate and need to satisfy the overwhelming animal urge that dwells within me.
After many years prowling the globe looking for him, I believe my search is over.
I can smell him near me, I can feel him near me but, I want to feel him inside me!
Photo Description: A man standing alone and naked in the woods next to a tree looking into the distance. He has messy, finger-length, brown hair. His sleek, well-defined muscular body, looks quick and flexible. Tan skin, pouty lips, high cheekbones, and a straight nose. Broad bulky shoulders and a defined V leading down to close cropped crotch and thick thighs.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.
When Troy’s dad tried getting revenge for his mom’s death, a Leshy cursed their family instead. To break the curse, Troy has to find his mate before he turns thirty so he’s spent the past years searching across the world for the one meant for him. Unfortunately, he’s had no luck and comes home to get his affairs in order. When he gets home and goes for one last run, he finally smells the scent he’s been desperately looking for. But when he tracks the delicious smell, it leads him to a place he never wanted to go again. Still, Troy’s mate is there, has been next door all along, and he’ll do anything to finally have what he’s been craving.
This was such a cute story. It’s no secret that I love shifter stories and this one was no different. I loved that Troy was so emotionally damaged when he came back home. He was resigned to his fate and had lost hope in ever finding that one person meant for him. He’s adorable and sometimes awkward but I liked that about him. Seth, on the other hand, is exuberant and, well, slightly crazy LOL. I mean, the man dances with ferrets! I found him hilarious and loved that Seth was such an odd-ball and loved that, together, they fit so well. Their teasing was just too cute! Plus, the ferrets were freaking adorable! I’ve never really liked ferrets (they smell horrible, IMO) but these were so cute!
I really enjoyed this one but I will say I was a little saddened at parts because they weren’t expanded on. For instance, the few weeks after Seth and Troy start dating is glossed over. I would have liked to see them and how they interacted and got to know each other while cleaning up Troy’s yard. There was also the scene where Seth’s mom tells him who he is and such that I REALLY would have loved to read about, especially since it would have been nice to get a different perspective on the whole Cecelia situation.
Overall, this was a good shifter story. I liked that while it dealt with mates, there wasn’t that desperation to consummate and seal the deal. It’s a cute story and while I wish it had been a bit more expanded in some areas, I still enjoyed the fact that this wasn’t a typical shifter story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*This is a free book available through the Goodreads M/M Romance Group*