Skylar is used to the way people think of him as frightening, mean, and dangerous. Snakes are not the most popular shifters around and the fact he grew up wild doesn't help. He knows the way he's chosen to live alone in the woods only makes things worse, but he didn't think it meant people thought him capable of killing a couple of wolf puppies.Determined to find the real monster who left them to die, Skylar calls up the only wolf he knows, a man he always wished would see him as more than a snake …
Okay, I *admit* I'm being a sappy fucker here, but I really did enjoy this short 60 page novella, Backwoods Asylum. Or as I like to call it:
"Felonious Use of Wolf Puppies on Unsuspecting M/M Readers".Basically, our hero, Skylar, a cottonmouth snake shifter, is awakened at 3 am one night by the sound of two whimpering wolf puppies (later to be known as Hansel and Gretel ) that have been abandoned in the snow, close to his house in the middle of the woods.
The wolf shifter puppies immediately bond with Skylar and the reader due to rediiiiiiculous amounts of adorable puppy prose. And nuzzling. And licking. And I fell for it hook, line and goddamn sinker. Reel my puppy-lovin' ass into the boat already. It's damn cold out here. *sigh*
As Skylar only knows one wolf shifter, Brady, he calls the (hot, sexy) wolf that he crushed on all through college for help to figure out where the pups came from and how to get them safely home.
There is, of course, a conspiracy to use the a-freaking-dorable pups to pin their kidnapping on the big, bad, antisocial snake, which pretty much immediately backfires (it's only 60 pages here, folks), someone very deservedly gets fanged (take that ya big stupid beeatch), then the pups are returned to pack lands.
The big, bad, antisocial snake is heartbroken, but to the pack's dismay, so are the hearts of the puppies. One impossible holiday wish, comin' right up, so suspending reality in 3, 2, 1... Go!
Skylar and Brady begin dating and unseen wheels turn behind the scenes, custody arrangements are made and we have what looks very likely to transform from an HFN to an HEA for *5*. THE big, awesome, (however unlikely,) sugary END.
This one rates 3 1/2 stars for me, although I do confess that I rolled my eyes on several occasions and felt like one of those bulls with a ring through its nose being led around Disneyland now and again.
But I can be a sucker for cute and a complete SLUT for puppies, so I'm sticking to my guns on this one. It genuinely made me smile -- between eye rolls.
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