Title: Midnight Rodeo: Belonging
Series: Midnight Rodeo 2
Author: Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly, BA Tortuga,
Length: Multi-Author Anthology – 240 pages
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives (January 11, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.
Product Link(s): http://amzn.to/1pfjrGk
Review: I have never actually been to a rodeo but if they come with the supernatural then I am sure to be there. I had not expected this to be so much fun. I wasn’t a fan of the cover which is usually what catches my eye, but damn I am glad to read this fun little anthology.
I have not really read anything by these authors before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but they were pretty damn good. I mean you get werewolves, feline shifters, vampires and many others.
Although I am not really sure about ghost riders, they always make me think of a song.
Light a Rocket by Julia Talbot ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Rocket is probably the worst rider in Darque and Knight Rodeo. This cheetah shifter is fast, but he only has so many lives in his cat body, and he spends more time injured than not. Raven Walkingman is the number one cowboy, at the top of his game. The two seem an unlikely match, but Raven enjoys doing things no one expects him to, including Rocket.
Raven likes his relationships casual and when Rocket starts talking mates as shifters do, Raven pulls up the stakes. He has his animal spirit guides, his good friends, and his fancy trailer. He doesn’t need a ragtag cheetah falling for. His spirit guides know better. They adore Rocket and are more than happy to support him, and abandon Raven, until the stubborn fool does the right thing.
Poor Rocket is at the bottom of the pile and somehow always manages to get injured. Which for a cat shifter is bizarre. Which actually made me laugh, because one knows cats are so elegant and graceful. Raven is one of the top cowboys and damn the man is fine.
These two hook up and I have to say that it is hot. Rocket is a cheetah shifter and is damn fast running. He is just trying to not only fit in but make it financially. Raven is his mate, but Rocket is a player. That is until Raven thinks Rocket has stolen his spirits. It isn’t until he realizes what is going on that things heat up.
I had a blast reading this and have to say that Rocket is my favorite so far.
Freaked Out by Kiernan Kelly ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Gargoyle-shifter Killian has spent his life living and working with all different sorts of supernatural folk, but because he had three forms instead of two like most other shifters, he feels like a freak. His habit of minding his own business has been his shield against being hurt, and to aid in that endeavor, he’s adopted a stony personality.
When a troupe of sideshow performers are hired by Darque and Knight to augment the rodeo, he’s forced to redefine his ideas of what constitutes beauty and what defines a freak. Meanwhile, the hard, protective shell he’s erected around his heart threatens to crack wide open under the tender touch of Micah, the sideshow’s hideous Snake Man.
You don’t come across many gargoyle shifters in stories and they are probably my favorite by far. Not so much the snake shifter though. Killian is the gargoyle and Micah is the snake man.
Now I am not too sure about these two but they do pull at your heart strings. Micah has been stuck between his shifts and is trying to figure out how to get to one or the other. When Killian goes there and finds out what is going on things are going to get heated up.
I had a blast reading this and would like more stories like this one. I would also like to hear more about these two characters in the near future. They are fun to learn about.
Tails and Whiskers by BA Tortuga ♥♥♥♥4
Tiger shifter Dmitri loves the rodeo. Darque and Knight has become his home, and he adores all of his new friends. His past as a circus animal makes him hate injustice, so when he meets a trick rider and fox shifter, Dmitri is appalled to find that the hot little kit isn’t allowed inside the rodeo unless he’s working .
In fact, none of the entertainers are allowed in, all being contractors and thus bound to a greedy goblin. As Dmitri and Isaac fall in love, they find growing dissatisfaction with the status quo, and they go to their friends for support in forcing a policy change. Too bad there’s a certain goblin who doesn’t want to give up control of his workers.
Can Dmitri and Isaac find a way to be together, and to make a change for the better of everyone at D&K?
Although I love gargoyles, tigers have always been my top favorite of the shifters. They are powerful, big and just so gorgeous. Dmitri is a Siberian tiger shifter and tigers are normally loners. However when he comes across a cute little fox shifter he is intrigued. Isaac is just as cute as can be and he is so damn quirky that he has me smiling the whole time. When Dmitri finds out that Isaac and his brothers are being hurt, he is going to start knocking heads together.
These two are gorgeous together and are perfect mates. I feel horrible about the pain Isaac and his family is going through but I love the fact that Dmitri will do everything for his mate. What a wonderful read this was and I can’t wait to read more like this from an amazing author.
Way to go BA Tortuga.
Even though I would say that you could read this as a standalone anthology I would suggest reading book one first. It will give you an insight into this amazing world. I really loved the rodeo them but it just seemed so damn strange. I must admit that it was missing something to make it perfect but it was still a pretty damn good book.
I would recommend it to everyone.
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