Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Cobra’s Charm
Author: Meghan Maslow
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 50 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Jiri’s life has been one misery after the next. A cobra shifter, he’s held captive by a collector who keeps him—and other shifters—in a private harem-style “zoo” in the Libyan desert. Considered a dangerous predator by the other shifters, and little more than a boy toy to the collector, Jiri is friendless, timid, and despondent.
Miksa is the collector’s latest find. But honey badgers are known for their bad attitude, fearlessness, and fighting spirit. Miksa has no doubt he’ll escape, even if it means taking the whole zoo down with him.
When honey badger and cobra meet, there should be instant enmity—after all, honey badgers eat cobras—yet both men find themselves oddly drawn to the other. Romance blossoms, but can it survive captivity and beyond? In order to do so, Jiri will have to find a strength he doesn’t know he possesses and Miksa will have to open a heart long closed to anyone except his immediate family.
Review: Jiri was sold into captivity as a child and forced to remain as a human love slave to an evil “collector”, Demetrius. While Jiri holds “favored”status and has many luxuries, he can never shift or be free or have control of his own body.
When Miksa is “collected,” he immediately knows he will one day escape, it’s only a matter of time. Meanwhile, he befriends the shy but beautiful Jiri and they become lovers despite the odds.
When it comes time for Miksa to escape he has to ask himself if he wishes for freedom or Jiri more.
This is a very well written short story. It tells a lot in a short amount of time, giving us a broken Jiri and a cocky Miksa who are so wrong for each other, they’re right. The bad guys are suitably awful and the situation is believable – enough. I do wish we’d seen Jiri shift, at least once, but it was a very sweet love story with a bit of heat as well.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*