Monday, June 10, 2013

TRUNK AND A SKUNK by Joyee Flynn

Publisher: Siren
Date published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62242-623-2
MM, Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

The Elders’ plan is to end cross-species arguments by enforcing cross-species matings. Dorant Murray’s plan is to get the hell out of Dodge before the Elders force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do. Wyatt Baxley is much too aroused to care about anyone except himself and his mate. Mating a stranger turns out to be the easy bit. Everything after that just gets more complicated.

Ms. Flynn has set this series of books (Midnight Matings) up such that partners are compelled by lust into instant matings, leaving them to work out all the details of their lives as the story plays out. Dorant Murray is a skunk shape-shifter and Wyatt Baxley is an elephant suddenly in musth. The mating is fast and furious and the story hardly slows down at all from there on.

“Trunk and Skunk” is told in first person, by Dor. His back story is long and involved, but we get it in bite-sized pieces as the book unfolds and he and Wyatt have to survive not only Wyatt in musth, but also all the usual things that happen when people form a relationship in an instant. There are some wonderfully humorous moments between a skunk and an elephant, and two very different men getting used to each other. The world building is also handled most professionally, being woven seamlessly into the characters and the events as they take place.

Some of Ms. Flynn’s grammatical errors, even though they’re minor, annoy me, but after the vast number of books she’s written I can understand no publisher would ever wish to alter her style in any way. Besides, her story telling is so good she drags the reader along with her at a fast pace anyway.

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

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