Title: Lifting Tail for the Alpha
Author: Jenika Snow
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Xav, Arsen
Sub-Genre: Paranormal/Shifters, Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Being a bobcat shifter in a pack full of wolves, and gay on top of that, made Xavier feel as though he doesn’t belong. To make matters worse he wants the future alpha of the pack, Arsen. But Arsen is arranged to marry a female wolf. Xav didn’t think Arsen was gay, but that all changes when they find each other alone, and realize they are mates.
Arsen is next in line to lead his pack, and is supposed to be mated to a female, but only desires Xav, the bobcat shifter that keeps to himself. One night at a party feral cravings ignite in both of them. Arsen realizes Xavier is his, and will not let anyone or anything stand in his way of claiming him. But not everyone is happy with the future alpha being mated to a bobcat, or a male at that.
Here’s an example of a story that should have been longer to address the issues coming up, like realizing one was gay, coming out, and social status changes. As is, this story, which only covers the events of a single night, feels unfinished and lacking in all-around depth. Here all problems are basically solved through phenomenal sex, and that just doesn’t cut it with the increase in quality M/M stories out there.
A night at a frat house puts Arsen, the wolf, and Xav, the bobcat, in close proximity. As they do, the two guys realize they’re mates and belong together and start to have sex—even though Xav is a virgin and Arsen is straight, with a girlfriend at the party. Okay, not much of a girlfriend, but still. One hot night, and everything’s solved. Miraculous.
The writing is good, compelling and erotic. Xav had more depth as a character than Arsen who felt a bit stereotypical, unfortunately. That being said, their night of unabashed gay sex was hot. Still, I would have expected them to talk a bit more, settle things in way sex doesn’t do. And while I admit the council scene at the end was positive and uplifting, it wasn’t the closure I was looking forward to, the one where these not-quite-friends learn more about each other and form a relationship on a foundation that isn’t all about sex. Then again… this is an erotic quickie, so those things weren’t required. And, as I’ve said before, the night of pleasure was smoking!
So, all in all, a bit lacking in depth, but a good erotic quickie, one I’m sure many will thoroughly enjoy.
Reviewed By: Susan