Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Marc’s the Spot
Author: Meg Harding
Heroes: Marcus “Marc” Lacroix/Lucas Grayson
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: Not available
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Marcus “Marc” Lacroix, a red panda shifter, knows who Lucas Grayson is, and up until playing with him during the world cup of hockey, didn’t much care for him. But when he finds out the jaguar shifter with the hot body has a personality to match, he’s a bit blown away. A night of celebration leads the two of them to the bedroom, and they discover that one night might not be enough to finish this thing between them.
Passion grows to love and more than a little kink, and the two make things work despite the obstacles standing in their way. Lucas plays for the Aces and Marc for the Hares, the distance and crazy schedules of a pro-hockey player keeping them apart. Lucas discovers it’s harder to let go of things than he’d thought. When ill-fate strikes, Lucas spirals and Marc has to try and hold them together. It’s one match Marc doesn’t know if he’ll win.
Review: I absolutely LOVED Meg Harding’s offering : To Arizona in Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose of 2016. This felt a lot like that, only a lot longer and with a lot more angst and drama.
On the one hand, there are lots of adorable “pre game naps”, unique shifters and I definitely got the feeling these were animals and people who shared a body rather than being people who could occasionally become an animal or who had some extra senses (as is sometimes the case in shifter stories).
As a story goes, it was pretty sweet – sweeter than I thought it’d be – but it didn’t have the “I need him to be MINE” that I do love in shifter stories. They spend a LOT of time apart – understandably – and so when they’re together it’s mostly about the sex – of which there is a lot. If anything, there is a lot of angst and hand-wringing – which I didn’t expect – and didn’t really care for – and most of that could have been solved by some simple discussions – which bugs the crap out of me.
So, we get quite a bit of hockey, a fair amount of sex, some team drama, some personal angst/issues that require attention and only a small amount of emotional development between the two MCs.
All in all, the writing was fair, I didn’t feel super attached to the MCs so the romance was only so-so, but the shifter aspect was fun and I liked the ending. (I was a bit worried – originally – about the “kink” – but it’s a bit of D/s which wasn’t too hard to handle and I wasn’t too bothered by it.)
I didn’t love this as much as the short story – but it was mostly enjoyable and I’d absolutely look for more from this author if this becomes a series.
3.25 (rounded to 3.5) of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*