Whiskers of a Chance by Tempeste O’Riley


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Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn’t have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years.

Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known to only a few, but they don’t often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don’t have true mates. As far as he knows, they don’t have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle—and away from their tribe—his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible.

When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli-noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome to the neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Double TimeTAG

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You know when a book feels longer than it actually is, even though its a good book. Well this one fits that perfectly.

Its a good story, Lynx brother and sister with the sister kit. Move out of Alpha fathers home for several reasons. Sister lost her mate, not sure how. Brother finds his in the guy next door, literary. But he’s human. Cat doesn’t care,  he wants what he wants, cat, human. Male.

As the story unfolds we get deeper into Jason and Keith. How Keith try’s to woo Jason because of Jason’s insecurities from past relationships, he’s not happy with this Mate business.

The friend’s that they surround themselves with is an eclectic bunch, lynx, vampires, wolves and humans. Each playing an important role in the story and the lives.

This whole book is about a splitting of a pack, Keith and his father Keith going to the counsel getting permission to start a new pack. People picking sides, accepting a gay leader and his human mate. The father waging war on said actions. So when the climax hits…. it doesn’t, not really. In fact I read that paragraph twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Now we do have several sub plots, the wedding, also very quick, a secondary relationship maybe forming with subtle hints, vamp and lynx.

Just felt like a lot of lead up and a lot of anticlimactic endings.  Maybe less filler, so we have time for a fuller, well rounded ending. Would have made this a five not a four for me.

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This book took me a long time to read. It was good, but other books kept interrupting and insisting I read them. So it’s been a couple months since I began to when I finished.

 

Lynx shifter meet human mate. Keith, his sister, and his nephew move out of his pushy father’s house to try and make a life for themselves. The day after he moves in, he smells his mate. While fearing that mate is female, imagine his surprise and pleasure when instead he finds out it’s Jason, his next door neighbor.

 

There were some interesting curves to the story – Jason’s best friend Sasha being one, and Keith being a special kind of Alpha being another. But it felt like the story was missing a lot of detail. Especially on the hatred of Keith’s father and the wolf pack Keith became friends with. The first was hinted at until WHAM it exploded with pure hatred. The second was there, but I was never quite sure why. It felt like a secondary story that wasn’t needed. Perhaps it will be needed in a subsequent story, but for this one it felt as though we were introduced to important characters and then they just weren’t there.

 

But the most disappointing part was that from the beginning, I had the feeling there was going to be some sort of fight between Keith and his father. The whole story built to it. And then… the fight felt like an afterthought. There was practically no description of it and it was much ado about nothing. Given all the problems Keith’s father caused, it would have been nice to have more than a paragraph about how it ended.

 

Now besides that, I did like the story. And I look forward to hopeful sequels where we can get to know the characters that have been introduced. Will things happen between Trace and Sasha? Where do the wolves come in? And just what will happen with Keith’s uber’ness?

 

All questions I hope the author will answer in time 🙂fourstars

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