Hehehe. I crack me up.
Apparently there are a number of us who admit to having an “OMG, they’re so freaking HOT” thing for mate/shifter stories. (Eg Lily, Orannia and Tracy.)
Yeah, the trope is a (very) familiar one (ie thrashed to death because even those without a creative bone in their body can recognise a winner almost as fast as they can say ‘urban fantasy’ *kaching*).
I also have major – HUGE, GINORMOUS – issues with books that use the “we’re mates” theme as a seemingly more palatable way of dealing with homosexuality, especially in some GFY-type stories. Pisses me off no end.
Let’s face it though, when it works the mate/shifter deal definitely sets the undies (translation from Australian: panties (US), knickers (UK)) or the boxers alight so I thought I’d share with you my faves… books, not undies cos ewww… moving on…
First up is a series I have
pimped to death talked about before because I love it so freaking much and this is M L Rhodes’ The Draegan Lords. Go read why I think M L and these stories are awesome here and then go BUY THE BOOKS STRAIGHT AWAY! EXCUSE ME NO EXCUSES!! ::ahem::
Second is J L Langley’s With Caution, which is the third book in her With/Without series. This, I think, is the best in a good bunch. Writing, plot, pacing, development, characters – everything about it is great. Not to mention Remi and Jake being very, very smexy together. 😉
Third – and finally – is Shelly Laurenston’s Magnus Pack and Pride series. Her heroines are snarky, kick arse bitches, who don’t take shit from anyone least of all their men. I’ve posted about her before because I think her stories are absofrigginlutely hilarious. You will die laughing (hopefully not literally). Good stuff for those feeling a little blue.
Which mate/shifter stories have worked for you? What about the ones that have been
total shit unconvincing??
Well, Lily, Orannia and Tracy?? I’m waiting…