Softpaw, (Smilodon Pride 1), Beryll Brackhau, Osiris Brackhaus

Softpaw, (Smilodon Pride 1),  Beryll Brackhau, Osiris Brackhaus

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Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA, Fantasy and paranormal


New to me authors so I had no idea what to expect, but its shifters and romance so I wanted to try.

It was a book I enjoyed, a fun read, but I wasn’t totally invested in it.I put it aside a couple of times and picked up again later.  I’m not really sure why it was like that for me – all the elements were there, great characters, a decent plot, some suspense laced with humour and of course the paranormal aspect. Sometimes reading’s like that though, certain books ought to be perfect for you but just aren’t. Could just be the mood you’re in when reading and on another day it would work better – who knows?

Anyway, this is set in Paris, and main leads are undercover cop/former rent boy Michel and Werecat Connor, houseboat inhabitant and informal “protector” in his own mind of the working people in that area.

There’s trouble afoot though, a feral vampire has been on a killing spree of the local prostitutes, and Michel is working as one, undercover, hoping to find out more.

The main suspect is Connor who seems to have been close to so many of the victims, and he’s charged with checking him out. There’s a spark between the two when they meet,  and from being Connor’s usual one night on the couch aid to those in need Michel works his way in closer. He doesn’t want Connor to be the killer, but needs to do his job. Connor of course can’t explain how he is so involved but knows he’s the only one who can take out the killer, the cops stand no chance with a vampire, but its a secret that can’t be let out.

Connor and Michel are both hiding secrets, what happens when they come out? Can their romance get past it or is this the end?

Its a fun read, and I really enjoyed the dry, subtle humour, which lightened the novel so well. I also enjoyed the beautiful descriptions, of Paris, of the buildings and parks, and even down to Connor’s houseboat. ( I always wanted to live in one of those)

It could have been too much, overdone – this description of every little thing, it seemed like every detail found their way into the story, but it works and makes for a fun, quirky read. Its not a re-reader for me though, but was an enjoyable one off novel.

It does have some very graphic, at times very rough m/m sex scenes, so if that’s not your thing then avoid this story.

Stars: Three, a fun read, beautifully written but didn’t quite hit the spot for me.

ARC supplied by authors


About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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