Author ~ M.A. Church
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 26th September 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?
Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.
While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.
The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.
This is another fun and sexy story in the Fur, Fangs and Felines series. It’s book three and all the main characters have been previously introduced, but M.A. Church does give a recap of any information you would need to know if you wanted read it as a standalone.
The storyline is similar to the ones in the two prior books, an outsider is being brought into the clowder of werecats (large house cat shifters) as a mate and a bit of trouble is following. While in the two prior books it was humans coming in, this time there is another paranormal coming in. Remi, is one of the clowder’s betas and has found his mate in Marshell, a Vetala. The Vetala aren’t shifters, but they are snakelike paranormals who drink human blood to survive (they do not kill when they feed). The bigger problem is that Marshell is more powerful than the clowder’s alpha and might be seen as a threat or cause the alpha to be perceived as weak. In addition to that, Marshell has a crazy werewolf stalker and is being targeted by Hunters.
A lot happens at the start of the story with some upheaval for the clowder, some action and a big scare for the new couple. Everything seems to be in turmoil except for the actual relationship between Marshell and his mate Remi. In the two prior books the humans in the matings proceeded with caution leading to a slower build to the relationship. Here there are two paranormals mating and they don’t fight the mating call on bit. Marshell and Remi accept and embrace it and don’t hesitate to go for what they want, which happens to be each other naked, fighting for dominance over the other as often as possible.
These two were so much fun to read together. Remi is level headed and sarcastic. Marshell is charming and pretty laid back unless you mess with those he considers family. They are also both tops and very dominant in bed. The sex is rough and tumble, the dirty talk and pet names included, but it still has a sweetness to it and since they didn’t fight their mating there is plenty of sex in the book. There is also some slightly kinky paranormal sex that really cements for them how much they trust and care for each other. I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love the way M.A. Church writes the werecats in their shifted form. Marshell gets plenty of time with Remi in his cat form in this one and for a large housecat, Remi is pretty badass.
All the drama in the story revolves around outsiders and their attitudes or grudges towards the couple. While the werewolf stalker story is wrapped up here, there are a couple of threads left open, as well as a few new ones that come up at the end of the book. Running through all of the books is an attempt to bring the clowder’s attitudes into the 21st century and try to quell the prejudices and dated thinking the clowder has grown up with. Janelle, Marshell’s sister and mate to one of the pack, is taking it upon herself to improve the treatment of the women in the clowder and has a plan that could wreak havoc with the elders. The pairing for the next story is also introduced in the end and if the clowder thought one of their own mating a Vetala was problematic, the next mating is going to rain down all kinds of trouble for them and have the potential to create plenty of angst and drama.
I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a pretty lighthearted paranormal series that includes action, humor, feisty housecats and plenty of sex and romance. With the clowder’s expanding tolerance and acceptance of new paranormals I’m looking forward to see what the series holds in the future.
Fur Fangs and Felines Series
Behind the Eight Ball by M. A. Church
Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book One
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
Behind the Eight Ball by M. A. Church
Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two
A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.
Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.