Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Series: Peckers #2
Heroes: Sebastian & Louis
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 120 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: World-renowned avian vet Sebastian Grant is so sure bird shifters aren’t real that even when an unruly cockatoo named Louis ends up naked in his arms, it’s difficult for him to admit he’s not imagining it. Louis might be everything Sebastian has been looking for in a partner—funny, confident, sexy, and genuine—but there’s one major problem: Louis is a captive in a gilded cage. With the help of Simon, his blue jay partner, Jay, and the expanding team of Undercover Peckers, Sebastian finds out he’s willing to do anything to make sure Louis is able to fly free and cock strut to his heart’s content.
Louis has lived in a gilded cage as a cockatoo his whole life and he’s always been content with it… except for those annoying urges that make him want to shift and shake his tail feather as a human. After a night out leads to a horrible hangover, Louis’ owner thinks he’s dying and calls Sebastian in to look at her pretty bird. Little did Louis know he was about to meet his mate and Sebastian’s left with an uncharacteristic desire to free Louis. But they’re completely different people and Sebastian doesn’t know shifters are real, how will they be able to have a life when Louis doesn’t even want to be human for long?
This was a super cute story! I really liked that Louis was so enamored with dancing. I found it hilarious how he’d strut and shake his tail feather. It was definitely a hysterical story. I also loved that Sebastian was so confused on why he was feeling so intensely towards a bird. It was adorable the way he’d think Louis as a bird was having very ‘human’ expressions like laughing and smiling and all that. It was just too cute.
I enjoyed this one but throughout the story, I couldn’t help but ask questions about Louis. How did he end up being sold as a ‘regular bird’? Didn’t he have a family? Where IS that family and how did he end up being stuck in a cage his whole life? Then I started wondering, are these bird shifters born as birds? Or are they born as humans? Because if they’re born as humans… that a goes back to the question of how did Louis end up thinking he was the only bird shifter in the world? Beyond those questions, though, I found I was a little peeved at the way Louis was ‘saved’. Why couldn’t he have just have escaped himself the way he did in Canada? Why go through all that elaborate plot of ‘breaking’ him out. I just thought all that was extremely unnecessary.
In the end, though, I liked the story. It’s funny and cute and while I wasn’t exactly satisfied with how things were handled, I still loved the setting of the story and the trademark humor in it. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next and where Undercover Peckers goes from here.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*