Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/05/2009
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Raymond Marvels never imagines his call to the IT department at his graphics design job would result in his meeting Lou Canis, the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen. There’s one small problem, though—Ray is allergic to Lou. Yet his allergy is only one of the weird things going on between them.
Lou, a werewolf, isn’t sure how to fix the situation, because it seems his would-be lover’s allergy is to Lou’s human form and not his canine one. Lou decides to tell Ray his deep dark secret, which has unexpected results when Ray embraces both sides of Lou. Yet after a witch doctor gives Ray some medicine to solve his problem, Ray and Lou discover they must also face a dangerous conspiracy evolving around them…
Allergies was a great story to kick off this Preternaturals series. It was fun yet purposeful. It was full of humor but still had great world building, established the Canis family, introduced shifters and pack dynamics, and hinted at other preternatural creatures to come.
I really enjoyed the idea of Ray being allergic to his own mate! It made for some good laughs and was a good way for some of the secondary characters to be introduced. It was because of Ray’s allergies that the Doctor was visited and the potential new pack members were found. It was also at that visit that a potential series arc was introduced. It all worked well together to create a good cohesive story.
I loved the interaction between Lou and Ray. They were flirty and sexy and tender and HOT. Their relationship was fast but it was real. The whole mating thing overcame some of the issues with how quickly love was established, and it felt natural for this type of story. I loved watching Ray and Lou as their relationship evolved. At first it was full of anticipation and that lust that comes with newly found attraction. You know what I mean. When two people are in that exciting phase where they can’t keep their hands off each other and find any excuse to be together. Then things started to change and the sex took on a more urgent need to fulfil the mating. Things were still exciting, but the intensity increased and things turned from just being fun into more meaningful encounters. Finally, love was involved and things just got HOT. These men complimented each other well in life and in bed and that connection lept off the page.
I also liked the series thread that was established to help carry this series forward. It was interesting and I want to know what happens next. It introduced the concept of hunters and left thing open for the involvement of other beings besides the wolves.
I liked that the characters were compared to canine traits and that their names were so fun. Lupine, Rover, Lassie, Patches, Spike, Spot, Bandit! Hehe for wolf shifters that was just cruel and unusual punishment! And little Lucy and Linus! Yes these were kind of over the top but it worked and kept me chuckling as the story progressed.
Finally, I like that I made connections to the secondary characters. In just one novella, the author had me fully invested in this world and its players and I want more. I had fun reading this story, it was unique and entertaining. I am so glad there are 3 others already published. On to book 2!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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