An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
I'm a super-fan of the awesome Offbeat Crimes series. I think all fans of quirky, fun paranormal novellas should try this series, starting with Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters. However, that being said, this isn't my favorite book of the bunch.
Don't get me wrong, this book was FUN, with an interesting plot and a great pace, but the romance... just "meh" for me.
Alex was GREAT, and I loved his relationship with his adoptive mother. I could have used an even longer book about Alex, he was just that interesting. I also adored his dynamic with Krisk, his mute, reptilian partner. I'm rooting for Krisk's story next, though I'd be pretty much happy with anyone in the department as the MC.
However, Jason... dude. I liked that he was cute with animals, but I found his hot/cold attitude and his sort of rude behavior towards Alex to be off-putting. Maybe if we had had his POV or maybe if it was a longer book it would have worked, but I wasn't really rooting for them as a couple.
When it comes down to it, though I really enjoyed the energetic story, the romance was just not there for me. Even still, it was a worthwhile read, and I ALWAYS encourage everyone to try this really entertaining series.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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