Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Taming War
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: A Loving Nip #12
Genre: MMM Paranormal
Length: 93 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Just a little Love Bite: When the unexpected happens, it doesn’t always mean the end.
When the Horseman of War decides to have a little fun and he accompanies a favored demon into the human realm to join in a skirmish, he never expects to meet a vampire that jumpstarts his libido. A romp with Monte Hanover would be fun, passionate, and maybe even worthy of a repeat…after they finish the battle, of course. To his surprise, he helps rescue a prairie dog shifter that brings out protective instincts he didn’t even know he was capable of. Unfortunately, little Xerxes turns out to be Monte’s beloved. Scratching his itch with either man seems unlikely. Then, the unthinkable happens, and he realizes without his intervention, it would mean the death of both men. Can he take that leap? Or will War decide two lives, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t really worth the changes he’d need to make?
Review: Wow! I think this is the first Charlie Richards book I’ve ever read that could be called ménage! (I looked and didn’t find any others, but I could have missed one… she’s written a ton of books!)
In any case, this is very unique. We have our typical set up with a Vampire – Monte- meeting his Beloved, a Prairie Dog Shifter named Xerxes on a rescue mission. Both Monte and Xerxes identify the other as their “other half” but the presence of War – one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, muddies the water.
War had been flirting with Monte before he meets Xerxes and it’s War who finds Xerxes first and he’s attracted to the shifter, as well. Charlie pulls some writer voodoo and finds a plausible way for the three of them to “need” one another and bind to each other.
There’s some guilt but no jealousy and it’s an interesting twist on the Fated Mates storyline.
These are short stories, so once everyone meets and “binds themselves” to one another – things are pretty much over. But it was fun and creative and War is a pretty great character. I’m hoping his “brothers” get a story and a mate (or two) as well!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*