Title : Creature Feature
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 236 pages (e-book)
Published : March 20, 2013
B l u r b :
Diagnosis: Wolf by Poppy Dennison
Thanks to his good-for-nothing brother, Andrew Hughes is up to his eyeballs in debt and needs a job fast. When a nursing position opens up in Myerson, Arizona, Andrew has no choice but to take it, despite a warning about how difficult a patient Caleb DiMartino can be. Andrew can deal with a little trouble—but Caleb’s strange family, the armed guards, and the unknown cause of Caleb’s mysterious illness may be beyond his skill set.
Landslide by Mary Calmes
For three years, paranormal courier Frank Corrigan has been working for incubus demon Cael Berith. Cael knows Frank is his mate, but Frank is pretty sure Cael doesn’t even like him, never mind want to spend the rest of his life with him, so their personal relationship is at an impasse. When Frank’s sister, Lindsey, gets bitten by a werewolf she’s sleeping with—and possibly witnesses a murder—Frank rides to her rescue. If he’s lucky, he might just save his love life too.
R e v i e w :
In the fictional town of Myerson, AZ, Andrew Hughes finally gets a good paying job. He’s an in-home-care nurse, which is appropriate for the story “Diagnosis: Wolf” by Poppy Dennison. Andrew, who is called Andy, manages to get himself accepted but his patient’s ailment is mysterious. His patient, Caleb DiMartino, is also gorgeous! Even after his eyes begin to glow and his fingers turn to claws he’s gorgeous. Gorgeous, a little scary, and a werewolf. Caleb promises to never hurt Andrew. Andrew stays and helps the family with Caleb’s illness. Andrew doesn’t have a lot of choices, his brother Daniel stole his savings account and ran up his credit cards. Andrew desperately needs the job and simply doesn’t have it in him to have his brother arrested for his crimes. Because all that isn’t bad enough, things get worse when Daniel is kidnapped by loan sharks who beat Andrew and attempt to extort information about the DiMartino family from him. The beating turned out to be somewhat handy, as it helped identify and cure what was making Caleb sick. Lo and behold the same family is involved with both the extortion and Caleb’s mystery ailment.
In some ways I felt there was a Cinderella aspect to this story. Caleb and the DiMartino family as a whole swept into Andrew’s life and helped clean things up. Appropriately, Andrew lost a little autonomy as a result of that. Despite falling into lust with Caleb upon first sight, Andrew took time to make sure he wanted to be in a relationship with a different set of rules than he was accustomed to. Caleb gave Andrew that time before Andrew knew all the ramifications of a relationship with Caleb. For me this was analogous to reality. Even with instant lust it takes time to build a relationship and fall into real and lasting love. All of us have to accept the limitations and benefits that come with being part of a couple. Love is a series of compromises you get to make with someone you really like.
“Landslide” was Mary Calmes contribution to the Creature Feature anthology. It’s the story of a human named Frank Corrigan who works as a courier for a demon, Cael. I am such a sucker for demons! OMG! My ultimate fictional man would be a demon fireman in a kilt. But anyway, Frank is a courier, Cael is an incubus demon. Cael has been insisting Frank is his mate. Frank just doesn’t want to accept that at all. Cael is a gorgeous man whereas Frank is kind of heavy. And a little hairy. Sexy men don’t choose bears to bottom for them. At least not in Frank’s experience. That doesn’t stop Cael from traveling with Frank to his sister’s engagement party. Well, it’s not an engagement anymore ’cause she slept with a werewolf, got bitten, and witnessed a body being dumped in a lake. Marrying her fiancé, who is not the werewolf, won’t work now. Frank really has a lot of stuff to help his sister take care of, and Cael goes with him and helps with everything he can showing Frank just how much he means to him along the way.
Okay, so, Mary Calmes occasionally writes Mary Sue characters. Actually, in some ways it’s sort of the same Mary Sue characters with a different name and in a different setting each time. This doesn’t stop me from buying all her books and enjoying them immensely. If you fed me fried chicken coated in caramel sauce I’d love it. Yeah, I’d need a whole bottle of Tums after I ate it, but I’d gobble that chicken down anyway. Sometimes I love stuff despite the problems with it. It’s inexplicable. “Landslide” was charming. I liked the world building which was surprisingly deep considering the length of the story. I also liked Cael’s obvious devotion to Frank. Frank was just so adorably “his.” It was heartwarming. So yeah, Frank was the only guy who could do what needed to be done, the only one with the understanding of all the supernaturals and paranormals, no one else could possibly do what he did and know what he knew. I don’t care. Give me my caramel coated fried chicken and leave me alone. This story made me happy. And will you please pass the Tums.
Rated 4 stars by Faye