Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: Melbourne Heat by Elizabeth Lapthorne

General Release Date: 8th December 2015 by Pride Publishing 
In the steamy Melbourne summer nights, two men meet by chance in the Botanical Gardens.Spencer, against his better judgment, agrees to meet a new client in the Botanical Gardens. While waiting, he bumps into Charles, who is out paintballing with some mates. Spencer agrees to have a quick bite to eat with Charles, not knowing the sequence of events that will unfold from such a simple action.Charles is a shifter with plenty of secrets and Spencer has unwittingly brought someone else into the mix—another shifter, eager to stake his claim. Even after such a short time, Charles can’t imagine giving Spencer up. He’s willing to fight for what’s his. Spencer has also found himself falling in love with Charles, despite the secrets that surround him. Passion and danger collide and soon both men will have decisions to make. Ones with serious consequences.

Review by: multitaskingmomma

My Rating: 3 of 4 Stars
(Based On Short&Light Read Category)

A night playing paintball leads to a chance encounter with Charles' mate. The man, Spencer, is an accountant who should never have been in the Botanical Gardens in the first place. They strike a conversation after Spencer thinks he's going to be killed by a man with a (paintball) gun. One thing leads to another and their romance unfolds. But what is a were-romance without a bit of angst from a prior claimant to Spencer?

In this world, the mate is not MINE MATE MINE but rather, a potential who has to be wooed. This gives both parties the chance to think things over, to find out if they are truly compatible or not. The mating bite is there but not given until the other agrees. 

I much like this twist from the usual MINE MATE MINE claiming that is flooding the shape shifter sub-genre. That Spencer has an actual choice means he can decide whether to go for a shifter who would love him forever without danger of cheating or go without said man should he turn up to be an abusive personality. 

This is a short, very, very light read and yes, there are BDSM elements but it's not right up your face so makes this an effortless read. 

Note: Copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

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