Author: A.J. Marcus
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
As hunters close in, the shifters of Hardwood Valley try to find and save as many as possible. When a young hummingbird shifter goes out to answer a call for help, he never imagined he’d find love in a candy man’s arms.
Parker Troch is tired of being a third wheel. The hyper hummingbird shifter is ready for some action. When he finds out about a nearby shifter in trouble, and with his friends Tanner and Van out of pocket, he takes the opportunity to go find the shifter and save him, even though he has no clue who he’s looking for, what kind of shifter they are, or even what sex they are. He travels to Grand Junction to begin his search and hope he’s in time before the hunters close in for the kill.
Roger Preston runs a candy store in Grand Junction. For several weeks he’s been looking over his shoulder at the least little thing. He’s convinced someone is stalking him. With all the news of shifters being killed by human hunters, he posts to the shifter forums for advice. His fears are confirmed and the sugar glider shifter finds himself on the run with Parker who he can’t take his eyes off of. Can these two find the strength to let their emotions run free while avoiding the hunters’ gun sights?
When I reviewed A New Alpha in Town, I said that wanted the next installment. I hoped that installment would give a certain hummingbird shifter, Parker, his HEA. Well, in The Sweetest Nectar by AJ Marcus, Parker gets his HEA.
I didn’t like this installment quite as much as the first in the series, but it was still a worthy way to spend an hour. We advance the hunter story line and meet a new character in Roger. I am still not entirely sure why the hunters were so intent on Roger, a lone shifter, but we did get to expand the world a bit and move toward the next installment — which I hope will have a certain prickly recluse.
As with most of the eXtasy titles I review, this story is not perfect. The editing also is lacking. This is a story to take you out of your head to just enjoy the ride.
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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