Thursday, February 11, 2016

MELBOURNE HEAT by Elizabeth Lapthorne

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date published: 11/10/15
MM, Shapeshifter
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4

Spencer knew it wasn’t smart to meet a new business client in the Botanical Gardens after dark. When he sees a very large man running around with a gun he realizes he’s done something even more stupid than he’d thought. Charles is a shapeshifter with a lot of secrets. He didn’t mean to fall in love with Spencer, but he refuses to give his lover up which causes even more trouble than he could have imagined.

Elizabeth Lapthorne has been writing erotic romance since almost the very beginning of the genre, but this is the first time I’ve read an MM romance written by her. She started out writing shapeshifters (“The Rutledge Werewolves”, an enormously popular series) so I’m not surprised that Charles shapeshifts. Her other MM book is linked to her “The Agency” series.

It’s always a pleasure to read an author who has been around for a long time. The plot, characters, story, and pacing are professional and seamless. In this book there is a lot of sex, but the sex is part of the plot. I’d like to use the restaurant scene as an example, but that would risk spoilers. So all I’ll say is that Ms. Lapthorne manages to make a sex scene last for two chapters, keeping both the two heroes and the reader on the edge of their seats, while weaving plot, dialogue, character discovery and sex together until the climax is eventually permitted.

There were a very very few misused words, but nothing that distracted from the story. All in all this is an interesting world, with fascinating characters, some intriguing adjustments to be made, and a lot of heat. Well done.

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

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