Friday, October 1, 2010

Second Chance Bite by Joyee Flynn

Publisher: Silver Publishing
Date published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-920468-56-9
Gay, menage, paranormal, shape shifter
Reviewed by Rebecca
Obtained via: publisher

Spencer was working a dream job he hated and coming back from a business meeting that bored him to tears the day a werewolf ambushed and turned him. He used that incident to turn his life around. He quit the job he hated, bought a house Up State, and lived off the millions he made but never had time to spend when he’d been a slave to the rat race. He’s still so lonely, but never thinks about turning someone else until he meets Ryder.

Ryder is a young man who’s lived a hard life after his parents disowned him at the age of 16, when he came out to them. Now six years later, he’s living from trick to trick and fix to fix, trying to stay far enough ahead of his pimp to keep from being beaten bloody. When the hot, rich guy offers him more than a good time, he’s suspicious. Life has taught him not to trust the good intentions of anyone because betrayal could come from anywhere. But there’s something about Spence that makes Ryder want to trust him, if he dares.

This is a shorter novel length erotic gay romance. It’s written in the first person from Spencer’s perspective. It jumps right into the action from the beginning and keeps the pace snappy to the very end. It’s well done and very entertaining. This book is written in plain language with no attempt at fancy prose. The main romance is between Spencer and Ryder, though a third is added to their little pack later in the book. There is some rimming and human/werewolf bed play. A major plot feature is Spence helping Ryder get off meth and the writer pulled absolutely no punches with it. It’s a bit gritty in some places. I found no obvious plot defects or editing problems.

I enjoyed this story. It reads like a much shorter book than it is. All of the characters, even the secondary ones, were easy to identify with. The charisma between Spence and Ryder was great. Two things that annoyed me: Spence had a habit of telling everyone he ran into all the private details of Ryder’s life. I would beat the snot out of a partner who did that to me. And Ryder was a bit of a wilting heroine in this book. I’m not a fan of wilting heroines when they are female. I don’t like it any more when the “heroine” is a male werewolf. There’s a plot twist at the end that will knock your socks off, too.

I’m giving SECOND CHANCE BITE 3 ½ hearts. It’s engaging and keeps the pages turning. I kept asking, “Dang, what’s going to happen to these poor fools next?”

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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