Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Captive Creature
Author: Angelique Voisen
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: Angelique Voisen
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: I thought I had nothing left to lose.
Betrayed and abandoned by those I love, and captured by the enemy, I learned death is a privilege, not a right. Nursing my vengeance and honing my hate is all I can do. Then he appears, turning my black and white world upside down.
Scar Greyback is Alpha to the largest werewolf clan in the region. Scar’s dominance frightens me, excites me. One touch and I know I’m his. His to possess and control, maybe even to love, but I can’t yield. I’ve been bred and trained all my life as a soldier to hunt his kind. Accepting his mating call will doom us both, but once I start on this road to hell, I can’t stop.
Review: As per usual, I am drawn to paranormal, military-ish, alpha male stories. I definitely prefer them a little bit longer, and I really wanted it to have more depth, but it was still a nice little twist on a overly-used-but-much-loved trope. Still, it was entertaining for what you get. The plot itself was interesting, the characters were likable, and the theme, though predictable, was pretty much what is expected for the length of the story. If this were a full novel, or even a longer novella length, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
My main issue with stories this short, especially when I see the promise of what could have been, is that it sparks my interest but leaves me feeling a little empty. I still love to read short stories because they are like literary palate cleansers between novels. I never rate lower because of the size of book, so the four star rating might seem contradictory to my above discussion, however that is because I needed to get out of my system why I wanted more, without docking points for the actual book. Hopefully, in a roundabout sort of way, that makes sense.
Gabriel is basically a human born, bred, and trained as a soldier whose sole purpose is to help rid humanity of paranormals. What he doesn’t expect is to be betrayed by his brothers, especially his best friend, Raphael. Scar is the alpha of the wolf pack that has captured (basically given) Gabriel. What neither expected, nor initially wants, is the attraction that flares between them. What we get is a fast paced, BDSM themed, Master-pet scenario coupled with the growing affection of two men who have enough baggage to make a relationship seem almost impossible.
Do I recommend this short story? Yes. But, be prepared to want more, understand that editing issues were pretty much prevalent through out (which again, I never ding in my reviews), and accept that you will feel like you’ve missed something along the way. I think that missing link is the “more” that I needed from above. So many secondary characters needed to have their stories told, and I wanted to see how Gabriel and Scar interacted outside the bedroom, and I wanted to see Scar in wolf form. Otherwise, it is a good story, and if another short sequel follows, I will probably read that too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*