Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Cracking the Big Lug’s Shell
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge #37
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 107 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: September 16, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The vampire Vadim Kuznetsov has watched every member of his family find their beloveds–the other halves of their souls. Some were able to connect fairly easily, while others had a rocky road. They are all now happy, though. Vadim wants that for himself, but fears it as well. He’s a big man, and his anatomy is even bigger. So big that some lovers have even complained. What if he hurts his beloved? Joining his family at a restaurant, Vadim’s worst fears are realized. He meets his beloved, the human Kendrick, who turns out to be a small, slender twink. The boisterous human is straightforward with his interest, but Vadim’s concerns hold him back.
Review: I was disappointed with this a bit. I really wanted to see Vadim and Kendrick spend more time with one another, but they spent most of the story apart. There was a ridiculously fast (even for this series) courtship where all of Vadim’s insecurities are laid out in one fell swoop and then the two move on to mate.
I love the continuing thread of the mystery and was actually more compelled by Samantha and what roll she’ll play in upcoming stories than Kendrick. He wasn’t well developed and other than being a “size queen” he didn’t leave much of an impression.
I loved seeing Sekani again- he’s so dang cute! The other brothers Kuznetsov are much more interesting than Vadim, and I found his “issue” to be a little ridiculous.
I still absolutely adore this series and will gladly read each and every one, and have re-read parts of it over and over (I’m talking about you Jared and Carson!) but this was not one of my favorites.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*