Reviewed by Morgan and Nikyta
Title: Always Follow Your Goat
Author: Nora Roth
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Heroes: Noah Matthews/Jack Rideaux
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 29 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Camp Pooka has been a summer staple for Noah Matthews since he learned he was a shifter, and he’s looking forward to spending a final summer there before beginning his career as a veterinarian. But the season takes an unexpected turn when Noah meets blunt but charming Jack Rideaux and his goat, Milly. Soon Noah is sneaking off every night, gladly following Milly to Jack’s cabin.
When life and Noah’s work intrude and the two men lose touch, it’s time for meddling Milly to work her magic and help them reconnect.
In this story, only 29 pages, Noah is 26, about to take his first job as a veterinarian, and is spending his last year as a camp counselor at the camp he summered at throughout his childhood.
While there, he meets Jack, a man who knows about the camp and knows that shifters attend the camp and Jack also has a goat.
Somehow the two fall in love.
Seriously, I didn’t get this story. At all.
Noah doesn’t like to shift. He’s excited about his new job. His parents don’t like shifters. The kids he works with shift. That’s what I do know.
Most of the rest left me baffled. Why did Jack and Noah fall for one another? What purpose did Noah’s being a veterinarian serve? Why was the goat part of the story? How did Jack find out about shifters? What’s going to happen next? None of it made much sense.
I can’t recommend this at all.
Morgan’s Overall Impression: It wasn’t for me
For me, this story started out really good. It was interesting, I liked the pacing and I enjoyed Noah and Jack. I liked that Noah didn’t much care for being a shifter because you don’t often read (at least for me) a shifter that doesn’t care for being a shifter. I loved the fact there’s a camp for shifters and they can mingle with other shifters. I liked that Milly was so quirky. Jack is a bit of an enigma in that we really don’t know anything about him besides the fact he lives near the camp and owns a goat but he still intrigued me.
However, I agree with Morgan in this case in that I was baffled by the story. More so with the ending than anything else. I felt like it was going pretty well – Noah and Jack were starting to get together and I felt like they were leaning towards learning more about each other. Then BAM! It just ends! It was so sudden I felt like I got whiplash. I just could not understand how they could go from meeting once, then having sex on their second meeting to them having a long distance relationship. To be honest, I don’t even KNOW if they had a long distance relationship or if Jack just decided to rekindle things with a guy who lives nowhere near him.
In the end, I enjoyed the story all the way up to the end. I liked Noah and Jack as characters and I adored the kooky goat, even though I was expecting Milly to be a shifter with the part she played in the story. I hope the author considers expanding this story because as it is, it feels incomplete or as if multiple chapters are missing. I still think readers should give it a try but beware it might not be up to your tastes and of the sudden ending.
Nikyta’s Overall Impression: It was good
*We received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for fair and honest reviews.*