Author: P.D. Singer
Publisher: Rocky Ridge
Cover Artist: Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/09/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Lon Ewing snowboarded in and turned economist Corey Levigne’s life upside down, introducing him to a world he didn’t know existed. Corey’s still adjusting to a boyfriend who shifts into an otter and raids the koi pond—and now Lon says Corey’s department chair is a werewolf?
Wolves at the university, wolves in the bank—across Lon’s desk sits Professor Melvin Vadas and his hench-wolves, demanding a construction loan for the pack’s new lodge in the mountains. There’s just one little problem: the proposed building site is home to a breeding population of rare fish.
What do wolves care for stupid human rules, an otter who’d barely make a good snack, or one pesky human determined to protect the environment? Once they’re snout to snout with Corey and Lon, there’s more than silverscale dace on the Endangered Species List.
Includes Tail Slide, the short story that launched Otter Chaos.
Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.
It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?
Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.
What do you do when it turns out your new boyfriend is an otter-shifter? Well, hide the toilet rolls and your favourite cereal for a start.
What I really liked about this novel was the way the author tackled some of the practical problems in a relationship where one partner turns into an otter on a regular basis. Sure, he’s cute, but there’s also shredded toilet rolls, overflowing baths, and let’s just say you don’t take your boyfriend to the aquarium.
The included short story Tail Slide introduces Lon (otter-shifter and snowboarder) and Corey (academic and keen conservationist), and is more on the romantic side, as they meet and begin to fall for one another.
Otter Chaos takes up directly from the short story and continues the relationship. Of course things are not smooth sailing, some of Lon’s otter habits make for tense times between the two, on both sides. Throw in some thuggish werewolves with an anti-conservationist bent, and a possibly murderous agenda, and the guys are in a lot of trouble.
P.D. Singer’s take on shifters, particularly in Lon’s case, made a refreshing and interesting change. Sometimes it’s just too easy for Lon to get ‘lost in his fur’, and forget his human side. Corey has to navigate the usual problems with a new relationship, plus a whole lot of behaviours that come from Lon’s otter side. While Lon finds some of Corey’s ‘rules’ difficult to follow, and sometimes suspects Corey cannot fully embrace all of Lon’s nature, and therefore the real Lon. I loved the thought that had gone into the whole ‘what affect would shifting into animal form actually have on someone?’
This novel is by turns cute and funny and even tender, leavened with tension and dangers as Lon and Corey find themselves in an ugly situation trying to fend off werewolves. Their relationship is tested in many ways, especially when circumstances force Lon to shift into otter form for too long.
An enjoyable read, especially if you’re looking for something different in the way of a shifter book.
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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