Both of these authors are favorites of mine and I have read almost everything they have each written. Many of their books are old favorites that I'll go back to again and again when I don't want to read something new, but instead am looking for something familiar and comforting. The two stories in this book are no exception. They are well written, interesting, and while there is sex, it flows with the storyline so it's not gratuitous. If you are looking for a couple of fun, light reads I highly recommend this.
Creature Feature Diagnosis: Wolf by Poppy Dennison
I can appreciate a good paranormal book and with Diagnosis: Wolf, the author did not disappoint.
Andrew Hughes is a nurse who finds himself in a sticky situation. Thanks to his troublemaking younger brother, Andrew finds himself the victim of identity theft, stolen savings, and in debt up to his eyeballs. As a result, he is struggling to make ends meet and cannot be picky about nursing assignments that he accepts. As you can probably guess from the title, Andrew’s world is about to be turned upside down.
Caleb DiMartino is a patient who has developed a sudden illness that is killing him. He is a difficult patient who comes with an over-protective father and bodyguards. He is also in need of onsite nursing care. When Andrew meets Caleb, it is explosive in more ways than one.
What I enjoyed about the book the most is that it didn’t follow the template that I have come to expect when dealing with shifter books. The primary couple spent time getting to know each other and both remained strong independent individuals. Yes, it is a HEA, and you knew they would end up together but I like the fact that Caleb didn’t “claim” Andrew immediately. He gave Andrew time to adjust to the laws governing shifters, time to even adjust to the existence of shifters. He wanted Andrew to make sure that was what he wanted.
The book was believable to me because real life issues were dealt with – brother got me in trouble, someone is trying to blackmail me, I am falling for someone I need to get to know – things like that. OK. So the existence of shifters was not real life issues but you get my point. Andrew stood by his beliefs and truly struggled with some of Caleb’s ways. It wasn’t just an instant acceptance of everything Caleb and he didn’t all of a sudden become submissive.
But most importantly was the fact that I enjoyed reading the book. It was a feel good book that didn’t leave me feeling heavy. It hit the spot when I needed to calm my mind and release some stress. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good smile.
I bought this book to feed my Mary Calmes' addiction and it did the trick :). In essense it is the same story she always writes - warm and fuzzy connection forever, but I liked that she made the narrator not the epithome of physical perfection this time (do not remember her guys ever having love handles :)) and I have read almost anything she wrote) and everybody does not fall in love with him right away.
Bottom line it entertained me.
But I was so pleasantly surprised by Poppy Dennison's story - very exciting paranormal, even if the mating connection is also at the center of the story. I do not even know why I enjoyed it so much.
This was the weaker of the 2 stories for me. I have not read anything by Poppy Dennison before, and this was too insta love for me - why a nurse would fall for a sickly weak man is hard to explain, and how quickly the supernatural was explained was also a little odd. This didn't quite work for me.
Landslide by Mary Calmes
I always love Mary Calmes and bought this book for her. Here Frank's interactions with the supernatural worked far better for me. He is a rare human, who can commune with monsters and freelances a courier. The demon Cael claims him for a mate, but Frank doesn't believe him. In Landslide we see the push and pull between them, before resolution comes. I liked the tension and the camaraderie, the world building was strong and I would like to visit with these characters again.
Two well written stories with engaging characters and wonderful plot lines. I loved these stories well enough that one read through was not enough. It's good to know that there are authors out there that still care about the quality of the work they submit.
Big fan of both of these authors.... These two stories don't disappoint! They are short but not too short, just long enough, enough background story to make it interesting, lots of fun, well written, with hot sex! Worked for me!