Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Alpaca Lies
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Heroes: Alfie & Simon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 23 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Alpaca shifter Alfie dreams of a life beyond the petting zoo at stately Mattock Hall. He can’t explore his crush on Simon Mattock, heir to the estate and caretaker to the animals, for two reasons. One, he’s never shifted into human form, and two, Simon is saddled with a boyfriend who’s exploiting him for his wealth. But when a fire threatens both the zoo and Simon, Alfie knows the time has come to put his fears aside, make his first shift, and save them. He just hopes Simon will like what he sees.
As an alpaca shifter, Alfie’s only ever lived as an alpaca and lives a pretty cushy life on a petting zoo. But over the years, he’s developed a crush on the owner’s son, Simon, even though he knows nothing can come of it. Then Simon is home for a while he brings his gold digging boyfriend with him. When a fight leads to the zoo catching on fire, Alfie has an important decision to make – keep his secret as an alpaca shifter or finally shift to human and save the man he’s fallen in love with.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this story. On one hand, I thought it was super cute. On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed in the execution. I liked Alfie because of how innocent he was but I didn’t like Simon at all. I found him ridiculous for wanting to stay with someone who so obviously was using him. Then I found it outrageous that he loved the guy that was using him but not long after breaking up is having sex with Alfie. That really put me off the story especially since Alfie’s never shifted to human, so it made me wonder how Alfie even had the dexterity to even HAVE sex.
In the end, this was a cute story but I didn’t particularly enjoy it as much as I would have liked. If it had been longer with more meat between the pages to actually DEVELOP the time between Alfie shifting and Simon and he ‘getting to know each other’ would have been great. As it was, it was only an okay story but other readers might enough it more than I did.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*