Review

Mini Review: Prompted 2: 14 Flash Fiction Stories, Sweet to Spicy by Elva Birch (2021)

I’m going to do something a little different for this review, because these short stories are *short*—flash fiction typically clocks in at 1,500 words. None of these stories has much in the way of plot. They’re more like snippets in time, each showing a single moment in a relationship. 

The benefit, therefore, to reading a collection like this, is in getting a sense of the author’s voice, without the time commitment. The downside is that in stories this short, you will likely not get worldbuilding AND character AND conflict AND romance, so if you want a fully immersive reading experience, flash fiction is not a good bet. 

So what did I learn about Elva Birch here? She writes shifter romances. Her stories have a sense of wit about them, which I expect would translate into her other writing. I mean, the very first one in the collection is about a Dodo shifter, and the shame he feels about turning into such a lame animal (this one was one of my favorites, by the way—even in a small space, I got a great sense of the world, the Dodo hero, and his internal conflict about asking out his co-worker). She explores different kinds of shifters beyond your standard apex predators, and how people’s animal identities might impact their lives. The stories tended to lack tension, which is likely attributable, at least in part, to the form; but given how much I got a sense of the way she plays with shifter tropes, I would say that tension and conflict is either a weak point in her writing or something she chose to downplay in this collection.

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Anthologies!

Short Stories are tiny tasty treats of smutty delight!

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Review: Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (2007)

Psy-Changeling, Book #3

Review of Psy-Changeling, Book #1

Heat Factor: Judd destroys furniture with his mind while banging because it’s so intense 

Character Chemistry: So, the drama of “he really wants to be with her but if he engages in their emotions one of them will die” (not joking) is AWESOME

Plot: There’s a lot going on with all the Psy/Changeling politics, but also Brenna is recovering from being kidnapped and tortured, and Judd is desperately trying not to break Silence and become a serial killer.

Overall: This book totally sealed it for me. I stan Psy/Changeling now.

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Review: Bear Next Door by J.L. Wilder (2021)

Midlife Shifters, Book 1

Heat Factor: The sexytimes start by about 20%

Character Chemistry: It’s very laid back and insta

Plot: He’s a recovering alcoholic trying to reclaim his alpha position, she’s home after a 20-year abusive marriage, and (oops!) they’re having a baby.

Overall: Despite the heavy character backgrounds, this is an easy-to-read, relatively light romance with older protagonists

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Review: The Dragon Prince’s Bride by Elva Birch (2021)

Royal Dragons of Alaska, Book #3

Reviews of Royal Dragons of Alaska: Book #1, Book #2

Heat Factor: Not closed door, but not very intense or explicit

Character Chemistry: The way they go through their captivity together is just absolutely charming

Plot: You think it’s going to be an angsty, pining, stealing-the-fiancée kind of a thing, but then they get kidnapped and everything goes sideways

Overall: My favorite so far in this series. SO FUN.

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Review: Cute But Prickly by Zoe Chant (2021)

Shifter Bites, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s closed door (this whole new series is meant to be no sex/closed door)

Character Chemistry: Their shifter personalities flow into their interactions SO WELL

Plot: Hester is getting over a cheating ex when she ends up snowbound with her fated mate

Overall: Adorbs! 

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