Author: Sarah Masters, Lavinia Lewis, Lily Harlem, Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/14/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Menage/Poly, Paranormal
Series blurb: When scientists mess with the most primitive elements of a man’s core, the results are bound to be explosive.
Living a loveless existence is hard for any shifter, but having DNA spliced with creatures who stand out from the crowd is damn near impossible. Which is why four experimented-on souls decide to break free from the chains that hold them, climb the fences that circle them, and go in search of adventure, passion and most of all, their mates.
But nothing worth having is ever easy, and for Sharkorilla, Pugorilla, Kangorilla and Elephorilla, this is definitely the case. They’ve come to the end of one very long, hard and frustrating road, but now, with the help of men who have big hearts, they must shed their fears, accept their bodies, and be true to the desires that burn within them. The only problem is, will they get away with it?
Sharkorilla by Sarah Masters
Mason has been tasked with the job of helping his fellow shifters escape from the compound. Two techs need his help to ensure the breakout goes smoothly. One of those techs, Brennan, has a thing for Mason—and Mason has a thing for Brennan too.
Once Mason and his three friends are out of the compound, running for their lives across the expanse of the Yorkshire Moors, Mason wonders whether they’ll manage to be free for more than the time it takes to speed farther than a few feet. Freedom—the feeling of it is addictive, and Mason wants more of it. He isn’t prepared to give it up without a fight.
With Brennan by his side, Mason knows he can accomplish anything. There is one burning question, though. Can Mason really accept who he is? Can he learn to love himself as half shark, half gorilla? If he doesn’t, he has a feeling life won’t be all roses, despite being free of the compound.
So, he’ll just have to give his new life his best shot, won’t he?
Pugorilla by Lavinia Lewis
After being created in a lab, his DNA spliced with both canine and primate genes, Dex has spent his entire life locked up. He has always longed to see the outside world and to find lasting love with that one special person—dreams he never thought would come to fruition. Yet when he and his friends discover a plot to kill them all, they have no choice but to plan an escape. A life outside the walls of their compound is everything that Dex has ever hoped for, but there’s only one problem—James, a lab technician who Dex can’t seem to get out of his heart or head.
Kangorilla by Lily Harlem
Joey has it tough. Not only has he been spliced with a kangaroo and a gorilla, he’s also been brought to the other side of the world. Feeling exploited, desperate and wishing he had love, companionship and acceptance, he takes the risk of leaving the compound in the search of happiness. But will he find it? Or has the person he’s drawn to got other ideas? It certainly seems that way as the temperature goes from boiling hot to downright frosty.
Check out the other three books in the series by Sarah Masters, Lavinia Lewis and Jambrea Jo Jones. Please note, Spliced can be enjoyed as individual stories, but reading in order enhances the pleasure as you get to see the progression of the shifter’s sexy adventures.
Elephorilla by Jambrea Jo Jones
George hates change, but when his only two options are death or escape, he runs away with his friends into the unknown. Will he be able to find not only a new life, but a new love?
Check out the other three books in the series by Sarah Masters, Lavinia Lewis and Lily Harlem. Please note, Spliced can be enjoyed as individual stories, but read in order enhances the pleasure as you get to see the progression of the shifter’s sexy adventures.
I originally planned to write four separate reviews for the books in the Spliced series. They are written to be able to be read stand alone.
However, I found that they were much better together than apart. I don’t know that I would have rated any single story as highly on its own. One of the keys to this series is the overall arc of the escape from the lab. You have to read all four stories to get the full story there. Starting with Sharkorilla and ending with the epilogue in Elephorilla.
These are not the Great American Novel. They are a few hours of fun. There are many commonalities in the stories. Each story involves a spliced shifter. Each story involves fated mates. Each story involves a shifter escaping from the lab. However, beyond the basic plot points, each author puts her own spin on the stories.
A Spliced shifter is just that. They are part human and part 2 different shifters, they are all part Gorilla and then they each have their own unique animal addition. The story names give away what they are spliced with — Sharkorilla, Pugorilla, Kangorilla, Elephorilla. Each shifter also takes on some characteristics of their spliced forms while in human form – not physically but mannerisms and the like.
While each spliced shifter finds his fated mate, the way they mate varies from species to species. We have hot, hard, and dirty with a mating knot in Sharkorilla. Pugorilla sees a sweet, almost playful mating. Kangorilla gives us a little bit of kink and a hot time. Finally, Elephorilla slows the pace a bit and gives us family and a power match between the mates.
Sharkorilla focuses on the lab and the escape itself. It focuses on close friends and supporting each other. Pugorilla examines self-image and accepting one’s self before being accepted by others. Kangorilla is mostly just a hot time, but it also shows us that there is more than one way to make a relationship. Finally, Elephorilla teaches us about family. It also examines intolerance and fear of those who are different.
You can learn something from each installment, or you can just enjoy the ride.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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