Book Review: The Lost Otter and At a Bear’s Mercy by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

Reviewed by Morgan 

27238473Title: The Lost Otter
Authors: Caitlin Ricci, A.J. Marcus
Series: Patching Up #1
Heroes: Aedan/Brody
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 40 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When Aedan disappeared six years ago, his boyfriend, Brody, was devastated. Now Aedan is back, and they both must face the secrets that once tore them apart.

On a tiny island off the coast of Washington, Brody has made a successful life for himself as a veterinarian. The highlight of his practice is when he’s able to help wild animals and rehab them to be released back to the wild. It’s a simple, quiet life, which is exactly what he needs to be able to piece himself back together after Aedan, the man he loves, disappeared six years earlier. He had given up hope of ever seeing Aedan alive again, until one night after an otter shows up on his doorstep, Aedan comes in to take the otter away. Even if Brody didn’t want to smack the sexy grin off his face, he still wouldn’t let Aedan just walk out with the otter. He’s responsible for its safety, and Aedan hasn’t given him nearly enough answers to make the past six years all better.

Aedan doesn’t have time to answer Brody’s questions though. He’s got bigger problems, primarily a clan of bear shifters who claim the otter, Aedan’s little brother, stole something from them. He lives in a dangerous world he never wanted Brody to be mixed up in, but it seems Brody can’t help but get into trouble all on his own. His brother invites danger, Brody stumbles into it, and Aedan just wants to keep them both safe without losing his mind.

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Review: This is a very short shifter story. Aedan disappeared from Veterinarian Brody’s life six years ago so suddenly that Brody conducted a search for him and even performed a ceremony declaring him legally dead. Brody’s been mourning his loss all these years so consider him both pissed and elated to find Aedan alive and well and in his clinic in the middle of the night!

Aedan has secrets – he’s an otter shifter who fell in love with Brody but can’t share that part of his life with a human. So he disappears to let Brody live a life without him. When Aedan’s brother gets hurt and somehow ends up in Brody’s care, Aedan must rescue him and confront Brody after all these years.

Unfortunately it’s not the quick get-away that he’d planned and Brody isn’t willing to just let him go – again.

**

I really wish this’d been a full-length story. It was too short and it felt kind of frenetic.

I thought the premise was cute, the writing was fine, but since there was so little time to develop any real connection with the MCs, I didn’t feel invested in their relationship at all.

I loved the idea and will definitely read more in the series, but this wasn’t my favorite.

Overall Impression:  It was good – 3 stars

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27844541Title: At a Bear’s Mercy
Authors: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
Series: Patching Up #2
Heroes: Pierce/Tim
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 45 Pages
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When a bear shifter decides that a shy marine biologist is going to be his mate, this human doesn’t stand a chance.

Pierce Nillian is shy, socially awkward, and hasn’t had a real date in years. At least not one that wasn’t with someone from one of his therapy groups. When he meets a man needing help with an injured dog, Pierce knows how to help. He’s a marine biologist who works with animals all day, and also has two dogs of his own. Once the dog is patched up, he expects not to see Tim again.

But the next day Tim comes back, and this time he’s brought reinforcements in the form of his sister, along with Pierce’s little sister, who it turns out are dating each other. To add to it, Nikki and Jo can’t be together officially until Tim finds a mate, because Nikki and Tim are bear shifters. Pierce has done a lot of things for his sister in the past, but becoming a bear’s mate is a tall order. His gut reaction is to refuse, but Tim is good at getting his way, and he wants Pierce for himself.

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Review: Pierce had previously worked with Brody (from book 1) on a wildlife rehab project. Tim was the bear who lost his mate to Aedan’s brother (in book 1).

Pierce is an awkward marine biologist who’d rather be with animals than people. When his sister ends up in a relationship that requires Pierce to find a “mate,” Pierce isn’t sure what to make of things.

Tim, the mate-to-be, comes across all wrong at the beginning, but over the course of the next few hours, finds a way to wiggle his way into Pierce’s heart.

**

This was better than the first book in that I felt more of a connection to the characters. It was still far too short to feel really great about, but I definitely got to see the relationship develop here and that felt more “real” to me.

I loved Pierce’s character and how unflappable he was in the face of all the shifter madness. I also thought Tim was a perfect match for him, a lovely extrovert to balance his introverted self.

If you’re fan of shifter romances and in the mood for a quickie – give this one a try. It’s definitely a stand-alone.

Overall Impression: I liked it – 3.5 stars

*I received copies of these books from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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