Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Taylor Roxton
Series: 2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
Heroes: Kieran & Brett
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 33 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: As a werewolf, Kieran Woodsmith’s career options are limited. Luckily, he can howl in tune, and his voice earns him admission to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Desperate to prove to his family that his admission wasn’t a fluke, Kieran auditions for the Broadway Musical Review. But when he meets an upperclassman with no scent and strange violet eyes, Kieran is thrown off his game.
On the eve of his lunar cycle, Kieran’s friend drags him to a party at the purple-eyed senior’s house. Distracted by the mystery of Brett’s missing smell, Kieran forgets about the moon. When he wakes up in a cage in Brett’s basement, Kieran realizes he’s not the only one who is more than he appears.
I’m…. not sure how to write this review. I read it a while ago and I’m still struggling with my feelings over it. On one hand, I enjoyed the premise of the story. I liked the concept of Kieran as a freshman who’s a singer and a werewolf and I liked the fact that Brett was so intense when he first met Kieran and how awed Kieran was of Brett. Add to that, I liked how mysterious Brett was.
However, while I adored the first half of the story, my enjoyment slowly lessened as this short went on. Once Kieran woke up in a cage, things got a little… weird in the story for me. I felt like the author tried so hard to add a ton of little things to the second half that things felt just too rushed and then the ending happened and I was completely stumped. I mean, a little BDSM? That came out of nowhere and I felt like it was too out of character for Kieran but he acted like he’d been into that whole scene the whole time.
In the end, I liked the story but I also didn’t really enjoy the second half of it. I found the premise very interesting but the author went a little out in left field for how she built the story originally so I didn’t feel like it was true to the characters. That could also be because the story was so short and while the first part of it was at a good pace, the second part was too fast-paced and overwhelming. Still, readers should still give this story a go if they find the blurb interesting but keep in mind there’s a bit of BDSM in the end.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*