Born This Way
Title : Born This Way
Author : Poppy Dennison
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 115 pages (e-book)
Published : June 19, 2013
Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.
Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.
Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.
Shifter romances normally aren’t my thing. The whole concept of insta-love because of some supernatural mating bond will turn me off a book completely. I’m happy to say that Poppy Dennison didn’t go down that route. While the concept of ‘mates’ still exists in this book, the character of Dayton doesn’t instantly fall for Hart. Sure, he finds him attractive—and who wouldn’t?—but Hart has to work for the relationship. For me, this added more credibility to the pairing, and I was more invested in them because of it.
The characters were fun, and believable. It was refreshing to read a book where both men aren’t having sex every other page, and also they don’t lay it on thick with the pet-names. Hart does use them from time to time, however they’re used sparingly enough that it doesn’t make him seem overly sappy.
Another thing I liked is that the were-pride in this story actually plays a part in the overall plot. The pride’s politics comes into play a few times, making them more than just a plot device to explain away the instant attraction. And as for the plot itself, it focuses mainly on the building relationship between the two men. There are not a lot of action scenes, but the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and before you know it the book is over.
Overall, this is a cute, short story that is well written, and different enough to the metric fuckton of human-shifter romances out there. My only real criticism is that it was over very quickly. But, oh well, we can’t have everything.
Rated 4 stars by Alex