Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Book Brief: Rudy (Shifting Through the Snow) by Terry Poole

rudyTitle ~ Rudy (Shifting Through the Snow)

Author ~ Terry Poole

Publisher ~ MLR Press 

Published ~ 1st December 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Shifters





Hated by his family for simply existing, Rudy never thought a blind date mix-up would change his future and possibly save his life in this modern retelling of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Hated by his family for being a living reminder of his father's infidelity, Rudy never expected that a blind date mix-up would change his life in this modern retelling of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Clay, an engineer fresh out of the military, is the answer to Rudy's dreams, becoming Rudy's co-worker, protector, and lover all rolled into one gorgeous package.

Not only do they mesh well together to bring Rudy's vision to life, neither can deny the overwhelming attraction that sizzles between them. An attraction that almost ends before it can begin because of a misunderstanding that leads to Clay being in jail for assault.

Filled with hate, Donny, Rudy's older half-brother, tries to destroy him and stop Rudy from saving his grandfather's toy factory.

Only Clay can save Rudy's life and the toy factory, if he's not too late.


Freya’s Book Brief

In a world where there are recognised Fae and shifters, Rudy was the by-product of an affair. When dumped on his father’s doorstep, his step-mother and brothers were far from nice to him. Noticing the abuse, his Grandfather took him in. All the same, throughout his life, his kin availed him of their fists. Later in life, it is up to Rudy to save his Grandfather’s ailing toy company.

When Rudy meets Clay, there is instant attraction and understanding that there is more than a quick fuck in the offing.

I found this story and its characters to be one of extremes. Rudy is as generous as his brothers are evil. All in camp Rudy get on famously, and there is lots of demonstrative sizzle between our central lovers. Similarly, the drama runs to extremes, too. Grand gestures are life-changing, and deadly situations are where everyone drops everything and holds their breath.

There were some elements of the story that I really liked, others confused me, and another made me laugh. In one part, a detective says, “I’m not going to tell you who did it…” but then proceeded to as good as give the names of the people who did do it. What the ‘it’ is you’ll have to read and find out. Another time, it is said that the Grandfather’s toy company is in trouble, yet, Rudy is setting up charities, recruiting people and buying a limousine – so I guess it just wasn’t in the script that Rudy bail out the company.

I liked that not all conversations are revealed until the results of them came to fruition. In these instances, the reader is told retrospectively that a conversation happened – it gave some surprises. And I really liked a twist later in the tale.

As already said, this is a story where the good deserve their place on Santa’s good list, and the bad guys certainly earn their lump of coal.

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