Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Not a Line of Bull
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: A loving Nip #6
Heroes: Cassium Jones
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 89 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Just a little love bite: The instinct to please your peers should never be stronger than your conscience.
Cassium Jones is closing in on his fourth century mark and over the years has held many roles, from farmer to soldier to vampire enforcer. Now, he’s ready to settle down in moderate relaxation…if working a cattle ranch can be considered relaxing. He loves the wide open spaces, the fresh clean air, and even tending the animals. Handling the maintenance and care for the Angus cows in the northern pastures offers plenty of solitude, and he should have been left pretty much alone. Instead, Cassium stumbles upon an injured Angus bull amongst the livestock, and realizes the bull is not only a shifter, but his beloved, his soul mate. Cassium learns Garth has been driven from his herd for disobeying a controlling alpha, leaving behind two young children. While Cassium is happy to help reunite the bull shifter with his kids, is he ready to take on the role of parent when all he wanted was to retire?
Review: Charlie Richards writes several paranormal romance series: Wolves of Stone Ridge, Kontra’s Menagerie, A Paranormal’s Love, A Loving Nip.
Wolves obviously centers around wolf shifters, Kontra’s centers around a hodgepodge of shifters, including a bull and a chameleon, Paranormal centers around gargoyles, and Nip centers around vampires. All of the series tend to overlap and share common characters, so even though each series can be read separately, reading all the books in all the series will undoubtedly give you more insight because they all bleed into one another.
That being said, you don’t even have to read one series from start to finish, as each book is totally a standalone.
In this case, we see Cassium out fixing fences on the property of his coven. He’s “retiring” for a while (hiding from humans to protect his identity) and taking it easy. He’s almost 400 years old and has experienced a lot in life, he’s not looking for adventure.
While out in the field, he smells blood, follows it and finds a shifter bull hiding among the other cows, and that shifter is his beloved/mate!
Garth was beat up then escaped his herd because he didn’t want to bond with the woman his alpha had declared was the best match for him. He’s scared because he’s never been outside of his herd and he’s worried about the children he left behind. When Cass finds him, he’s initially frightened because the alpha had warned them that all vampires are evil. Cass is nothing but kind and wins Garth’s trust.
Cass helps Garth to re-learn some “truths” the alpha got wrong, help to bring back his kids and save his herd from the evil alpha and find love along the way.
What I love about Charlie’s books is how comforting they are, but still unique. Each story follows a common style, but the characters are always special – either with personality quirks, back history, shifter forms, etcetera. In this case, Garth is a super-sweet guy who has been so isolated he’s like a kid, but all grown up!
There is just a touch of danger and some new characters being brought in to make you think on the next book to come and a bit of hot smexy times.
I really love all four of these series and devour them when a new one comes out. I highly recommend it to fans of shifters, gargoyles and vampires everywhere!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*