The Spur of the Platypus (Venomous Mates #5) by Jackie Nacht ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

The Spur of the Platypus Title: The Spur of the Platypus (Venomous Mates #5)

Author: Jackie Nacht

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Don’t mess with the mate of a platypus, or you’ll feel the pain of his venom.

Flex had no idea that when a friend that he presumed dead, would come to his beach, not only with an army, but his mate. Flex’s life is forever changed, when he has to fight his instincts to protect his mate, Prescott, when the anti-venom can stand on his own.

With Mission Territory being taken back, the two will have to travel back, facing dangers, while having to figure out how two opposites can make a mating work as a territory war continues.

PizzyGirl’s View:

I did a little happy dance when this one showed up in my email! After book 4, I was so excited to learn more about Flex. He was so snarky and fun!

Overall I liked this story. This world has fascinated me from the very beginning and with each new installment, my enjoyment grows. I love the various venomous shifters the author presents. Her usage of their venoms is very creative. I also love the war that is being played out. The author does a great job of carrying the series arc from story to story. She advances things just enough to keep me wanting to know what happens next! Yet she doesn’t give so much away that the story ends or falls stagnant as the matings unfold. The Spur of the Platypus continued these trends and I am ever so eager for Cash’s story and I want to know more about the Blue Angels. I also need to know what comes next! Will the good guys ever make a dent in the bad guy’s forces?

I really loved these Flex and Prescott. I loved that Flex had depth and the author did not just focus on his snark and charm. He was able to see through Prescott’s exterior to the man within. Flex was able to look past his own ingrained tendencies to do what was best for his mate. But for all my excitement about more page time for Flex, Prescott really stole my heart in this one. Flex was a great character in so much as he saw Prescott and it was through his eyes that I forged an emotional connection to Prescott and was so happy he finally had someone to care for him the way he has been caring for his friends for so long!

However, I had a few issues with this newest venomous mates tale. There is a part of me that feels both of these issues stem from the same source, but then again they may not. My first issue was the poor proofreading/editing. There were incorrect words, awkward phrases, and poor sentence structure. I hate to say this, but this has been trending in many of Extasy’s works lately and this novella suffered because of it.

My second issue was that this story felt rushed and incomplete. This could be that there was a lack of content editing to pick up on the places where character behaviors were not fully explained by word or action. Or this could have been a rush to have this published, I don’t know. But I do know I often felt cheated where Prescott and Flex’s mating was concerned. While I loved both men, their was really only the bare minimum page time devoted to showing their history, personalities, and growth. Their mating felt forced. It was like “NO WE ARE NOT MATES,” and then instantly “YES WE ARE IN LOVE.” It just did not flow well for me. I didn’t feel the connection between these men outside the fated mating.

However, I am still in love with this world. The characters, plot, and setting are very interesting and I want more. I just hope the next story is a bit more fleshed out.

Buy Links

eXtasy

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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