Series: 2013 – Heartwarming Advent Calendar
Author: Andi Van
Genre: Paranormal / Shifters
Length: Short Story (50 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1st, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5~4 Hearts
Blurb: Martin Jones is driving home after working retail on Black Friday when he nearly hits an elk in the middle of the road. A drunk elk. A drunk, talking elk. Martin is pretty sure he’s hallucinating—right up until he discovers shape shifter Haven Clarke in his bed the next morning. Their awkward meeting leads to a friendship that quickly deepens, and soon Haven has to take Martin to meet his herd’s leaders. What Martin finds out may change his life forever.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming.”
Review: All right! This is definitely one of the most amusing shifter stories I’ve read in a long while. As in the beginning of the story makes you laugh hard and shake your head and try stilling the giggles that threaten to get out all over again.
I loved it! It is indeed an instant love sort that normally would have running the other way, but the sweet Nature-child in me, simply couldn’t be bothered with that when I was faced with an astonishing elk. A drunk elk! A drunk talking elk! Oh my, I’m still grinning at that.
So yeah, this story is not just a paranormal/holiday story (Winter Solstice mind you not Christmas) it’s actually a lovely romance decorated head to toe with humor and some really lovely men. It’s fast, it’s engaging, it’s hot and sensual, and it’s a bit emotional too. Most of all it’s so light and funny it makes you read through it with a single-minded determination until the sappy awww-inspiring end comes and makes you melt just because.
I grew a particular fondness for Haven here and somehow I wanted so much more from this character. I wouldn’t mind a novel of his own at all.
As it is, I find this story a lovely addition for all the fans of paranormal romance. Very well, worth it and I believe you’ll enjoy the heck out of it. Recommended!