Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/17/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Seth McDaniel wasn’t raised among a shifter passel and has no idea what it’s like to turn furry once a month. An orphan, torn from his father’s family at an early age, he scarcely remembers Great-aunt Irene. Now her passing brings him back to Possum Kingdom, Georgia, to take up a legacy he doesn’t understand and reconnect with a friend he’s never forgotten.
As Irene’s second-in-command, Dustin Livingston has two choices: assume control of the passel or select another replacement. Unfortunately, the other candidates are either heartless or clueless. Dustin’s best hope to dodge the responsibility is to deliver a crash course in leadership to his childhood pal Seth, a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years. However, while Dustin’s mind is set on his task, his heart is set on his old friend.
Seth’s quest for answers yields more questions instead. What’s with the tiny gray hairs littering his aunt’s house? Why do the townsfolk call each other “Jack” and “Jill”? Do Dustin’s attentions come with ulterior motives? And why is Seth suddenly craving crickets?
I enjoy reading shifter stories. However, I tend to stick to the “normal” shifters — wolves and big cats mostly. My engineering brain has a hard time suspending disbelief for large mammal shifters. Small mammals? Yeah, I just can’t go there. For this reason, I have put off reading Naked Tails by Eden Winters for quite a while. Despite REPEATED pleas by good friend and fellow reviewer Becky Condit, Naked Tails by Eden Winters has remained firmly on my “eventually, maybe” list.
So why did I finally pick it up? Well, this Retro Read spotlight of course. While it isn’t “the” spotlight book, it is among her backlist, and I decided just to go for it. That and I had already read our featured title 😉
In the end, I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. Cute is about the best word I can come up with to describe it. And no, I don’t generally find opossums to be on the cute spectrum. However, you can’t help but love this little passel of shifters. You also can’t help but want the best for poor Seth.
From the beginning you know his life isn’t going to be everything it could be. He is raised by a close-minded and somewhat hateful woman, away from everything he knew up until the age of eight. A death of his only remaining kin brings him in confrontation with everything he left, unwillingly, behind twenty years previously.
We learn just how isolated he has been. We learn just how lonely he has been. While his background is a bit obvious and convenient, it is none-the-less his, and the author does a decent job making us believe it, for the most part.
There is a baddy in the form of Junior, who wants what Seth has by birth-right. But he isn’t too bad, to be honest. He is so smarmy he is basically a caricature of the bad guy. His presence serves to keep the story light, despite the potentially prickly subject matter.
There is a bit of insta-love between old friend Dustin and Seth. It is basically explained away as a mostly residual attraction of the true love kind that they were too young to have realized prior to Seth’s departure. The cast of characters is filled out by the hostile Monica and the playful Johnson triplets. Of course we can’t forget the exes for both Seth and Dustin.
While marked by over the top characters and a somewhat predictable plot, Naked Tails is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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