tasting ‘allergies’: tracy’s choice

(or did you think I had forgotten??)

Allergies by T A Chase

The Blurb:

What’s a shapeshifter to do when the man he desperately wants is allergic to him?

Raymond Marvels never imagines his call to the IT department at his graphics design job would result in his meeting Lou Canis, the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen. There’s one small problem, though—Ray is allergic to Lou. Yet his allergy is only one of the weird things going on between them.

Lou, a werewolf, isn’t sure how to fix the situation, because it seems his would-be lover’s allergy is to Lou’s human form and not his canine one. Lou decides to tell Ray his deep dark secret, which has unexpected results when Ray embraces both sides of Lou. Yet after a witch doctor gives Ray some medicine to solve his problem, Ray and Lou discover they must also face a dangerous conspiracy evolving around them…

Why I bought it:

It’s T A Chase. Auto buy.

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ This is going to seem really weird (and no smart arse remarks from the peanut gallery)… I followed this story as a serial on the author’s website. Reading this now as a book was great; however, because I’d basically read it before it had none of the ‘omph’ that a T A Chase story would usually have on me. Obviously this will not affect everyone, but it was my main dislike. Interesting, huh. Has anyone else had this reaction after reading something in serial form and then as a book??

Like~ A quirky take on the usual werewolf paranormal tail tale where the love interest (Ray) is allergic to the alpha male (Lou). Too funny. I liked it. I also liked the punny take on names, how Lou referred to his family and also the family’s interactions with each other. It gave me as a reader something a bit different, which made the story the more enjoyable.

Dislike~ It never hit me on my first reading, but it struck me on the second that the so-called shy Ray and the ‘damn the torpedoes’ Lou fall into bed together pretty damn quickly. This might annoy people. To be honest, I can take it or leave it as long as there is some sort of development of the relationship as the story progresses – and there was in this case – otherwise the whole thing is as completely boring as bat poo.

Like~ The author has created a great cast of great characters and an interesting world. Some people might think the story doesn’t really end because there is no real resolution of the issues raised in the last part of the book. That is because it doesn’t. The story arc continues in Nick of Time; something to keep in mind.

So, what I think:

This author gives good read and this is no exception. A must for those with an obsession for shifter stories (ie Tracy).


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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14 Responses to tasting ‘allergies’: tracy’s choice

  1. Tam says:

    I hadn’t read it the first time around so it was all new to me. I really enjoyed it, liked the characters, look forward to more details when Nick of Time comes out. That one I followed most of it.

  2. Kris says:

    I liked it muchly too. It just didn’t have that same overall omphiness. I’m so demanding. *snort*

    The thing with “Nick of Time” (which I followed too) is that T A stopped posting it before the end. I’m thinking the glutton in me will be more satsified. 🙂

  3. Tracy says:

    ooooh thanks for the tasting! It sounds purty darned good and something I will definitely have to look up. Funny that the guys allergic to his human side…I thought for sure it was his wolf side. 🙂

  4. Kris says:

    I know. A bit twisty and quirky right?! I reckon you’ll definitely like this one, Tracy. It’s very smexy too. 🙂

  5. Lily says:

    Great little taste Kris. I’ve got this one in my TBR already. I love TA’s writing style and it sounds like I’ll enjoy this one.


  6. Kris says:

    T A is one of my fave authors in this genre. He writes wonderful engaging stories and this one is a good one.

    BTW, you’re doing amazingly well in your m/m challenge, Lily. I can’t believe that you’re reviewing them all as you go along too. You go, girl! I’ve been lurking if you couldn’t tell. 😉

  7. Lily says:

    Thanks for the kind words!!!

    Lily 🙂

  8. orannia says:

    OK, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read TA Chase. Obviously, I need to rectify this 🙂 Is this a good book to start with?

  9. Kris says:

    Oooh, a T A virgin. 😉 I did a post a while back listing 3 of my fave books of his. Here is the link for you: http://krisngoodbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/tasting-authors-t-chase.html

  10. Tam says:

    Orianna, definitely check him out. I really love his stuff.

  11. Ingrid says:

    I won this one over at Waves’ *g*.

    The allergies was a funny find. Can’t wait for part 2.

  12. Kris says:

    Tam: Ditto!

    Ingrid: Lucky! “Nick of Time” has two different protags, but is set in the same world and ends up in the Canis’ part of town.

  13. orannia says:

    <>Oooh, a TA virgin.<>ROFLOL! Yeah, I guess I am. I’m a virgin of so many things… *grin*

    Thank you for the link Kris!

  14. Kris says:

    Welcome. 🙂

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