Born This Way by Poppy Dennison

Born This WayBorn This Way by Poppy Dennison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.

Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.

Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.

So what did I think?

This story was a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. Relatively short, there wasn’t a lot of time to get fully immersed in the world of feline shifters.

Hart is a liger (part lion, part tiger) and is huge. His size was a threat to his alpha so he was banished from the pride. He has always known that Dayton was his mate and when Dayton comes to visit, he finally decides the time has come to make him his. Dayton is human but is best friends with Hart’s sister and part of the pride.

I liked Hart’s deep longing for Dayton but somehow missed what Dayton saw in Hart. When he first visits Hart’s apartment, I could see Hart’s desire for Dayton (“Oh shit. You are in heat. Fuck my life.”) but couldn’t feel any great desire reciprocated. Regardless, Hart wins Dayton in the end.

There is confrontation with the alpha and a strange attack by Hart’s sister’s boyfriend, resulting in Hart and Dayton being separated again – why don’t they just talk to each other?!

There is a secondary story line involving Hart’s job as an entertainment lawyer. Dayton is a teacher so gets involved in tutoring a rising young band that Hart does the contracts for. This might have given a little more insight into the character of Dayton but I really didn’t understand the overall significance of these sections of the story or the additional characters introduced.

A quick read and nice romance as Hart fights for his man. Not much in the way of creating the world of feline shifters but a bit of action and some hot sex.

3 Stars

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The Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander

The Current Between UsThe Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Gage Synclair, international, hard-hitting investigative photojournalist, is preparing for the final special report of his career…a story of deception and murder six long years in the making. And after ten years in some of the worst parts of the world, he’s ready to settle life down and open an art gallery in his hometown of Chicago. The only thing getting in his way, he needs to find a competent electrician to finish the job before his grand opening.

Trent Cooper, electrical contractor, is surprised by the last minute request for a fast-paced electrical remodel, wanting nothing more than to get his foot in the door with Layne Construction. Being gay in the construction industry isn’t easy, nor is being father to his two young adopted children. Trent keeps his life in separate zones to avoid a short circuit. But when the gallery owner propositions him on the first day, Trent can’t help but think his worlds are a little too close for comfort.

Will their high-voltage passion spark everlasting love or will their lives break the circuit between them forever?

So what did I think?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story which brings together the hard-hitting investigative journalist and the hard-working single dad electrician.

The story starts, as the title suggests, with a sexual attraction between the two men. Both are extremely aware of each other and have trouble concentrating on anything else while the other is around.

Apart from the physical, Gage and Trent seem poles apart in some respects. Gage is a celebrity. He is wealthy and used to travelling the world. He has no problem with casual hook-ups and can get any man he wants. Trent is your average man with responsibilities including children and a business to run. He gave up casual affairs when he took responsibility for the kids. However, as the book progresses, and their emotional connection deepens, it is clear that they both really want the same things – it boils down to a committed relationship and strength of family.

The story wasn’t perfect and did have a few small issues for me but nothing that prevented my enjoyment. I didn’t like Gage propositioning Trent the way he did at their first meeting and was very glad that Trent turned him down. It was pleasing to see that Gage’s character evolved to a man with more depth, pretty quickly into the story. I also found the first 25% too focused on the raging hard-ons each man seemed to continuously sport – I understood that they were wildly attracted and didn’t need this type of ongoing reminder so found this reference a bit repetitive.

On the positive side, I think Kindle Alexander did a wonderful job with the children. They were very cute characters and their actions and dialogue also seemed very realistic. Quite often I find the dialogue of children is too childish, as if the use of lisping baby-words is needed to convey age. But not so in this case. The kids were wonderful.

I also think I want to give 1 star just for Auntie Crazy! Everyone needs an Auntie Crazy in their life!

One final point, on the Abdulla plot line. This was sort of simmering in the background for most of the book and almost had me wondering why as I was enjoying the story of the relationship development without any added complexities. Therefore I was wondering about the significance of Gage’s last report. At 75% this really kicked in and most definitely wasn’t what I expected as I had assumed something entirely different happening. This twist provides lots of tension and action. It had a really different feel to the rest of the book. Regardless, I totally enjoyed the ending as I am always a fan of grand gestures and declarations of love!

This book was also good value for money – $ vs pages vs enjoyment factor!

4 Stars

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