4 and 3 stars for Sharing a Pond by Alex Whitehall @alexwhitehall #MMM #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: Sharing a Pond
Author Name & Publisher: Alex Whitehall (Less than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Nov 18th, 2015 — 51,000 words

Synopsis

Brent shows up on Corey and Shane’s doorstep in the dead of winter needing a place to stay—and hopeful his mates will provide it, and not mind he’s a frog shifter.

Being a shifter is nothing new to Corey and Shane, but neither is being mates. They’ve been together since before they first met Brent ten years ago—back when Brent was Brenda. Bringing a third into their relationships is more than a little complicated, but they’re willing to try.

But change is always easier said than done, and Brent wonders if he ever really stood a chance at being happy with the men he has always loved and admired.

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FourStars

I thought this book was cute! This was the first time I have read about frog shifters and I honestly really liked that aspect of this book!

Okay this is were I go into how I am so picky when it comes to Ménages because for them to work for me it has to feel equal. Well I am not sure I got that feeling with this book and I will explain why. So some of this might be spoilers and I am not sure how to explain without telling why I felt a certain way over certain parts of this book.

Brent began his life as Brenda but when he went through his first shift he turned into a frog and a man. Which makes since because some species of frogs can change sex. Well he has always known that Shane and Corey were his mates who also happen to be frog shifters like him but a different kind then him. So the call of his mates drives him back to them and from the start a lot of discussion about Brent being a part of their couple which Shane and Corey were already mated before Brent joins them happen without Brent which I found odd. You would think it would evolve all three of them so I felt like in that aspect Brent was being left out. Also there was a rule were only Shane and Corey could have sex alone but Brent was not aloud to have sex with either man alone. That part really bugged me yes I know they need to grow as a ménage before they felt comfortable with that aspect of their relationship but then Shane and Corey should not have been able to do that without Brent either and I say this also because it seemed to happen a lot in this book were Shane and Cory would have sex without Brent. So yes that bugged me and made it harder for me to see them as a ménage and it working between the three of them. Other than that I did like the shifter parts of this book and the way they were together other than the parts that bugged me. So with this book you do get steam and some angst which the steam in this book was hot!

So all together I did like this book but there were parts that bugged me and left me unsure of how I felt about all three of them together.

~Kara

ThreeStar

Hmm. I have mixed feelings about this one. I didn’t dislike it, but I also didn’t love it.
First off, hats off to the author for surprising me. Reading a lot of books, I’m not surprised often. The surprise was how Brent, the main character of this story, used to be a Brenda. I assumed it was a sex change…and it was. But not of the surgical kind. Brent was a girl in the beginning of his life but when he shifted for the first time during puberty(into a frog) “she” became a “he.” Confused? So was I, but I went with it. lol
It was a cool twist, but honestly, it was never brought up again after the first couple of chapters. If you’re gonna turn a girl into a boy, at least add more plot to it. But no, the only excuse they could come up with was that Brent’s mates are gay men, so he turned into a man to fit in.
Nothing really happened in the book. It was just them getting it on, creating drama that could be easily solved. Plus Randy, someone who abused Brent kept being mentioned, but he never showed up to cause any trouble. I kept expecting him to, but NOPE. I feel like this book had so much potential, but somewhere along the way…it was lost.
I did like the moments when they were frogs. It was cute. And Corey and Shane were really sweet and patient with Brent. I think this book would have been better if Corey and Shane’s POV had been told, not just Brent’s. I couldn’t connect well with them. There should be a part 2. I’m willing to read it just so I can get some closure with this threesome.
There wasn’t even any “I love you’s.” ;(
P.S: The cover is freakin’ cute though. ^_^
~Cookie

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If there are two types of people in the world, Alex Whitehall probably isn’t one of them, despite being a person. Her—for lack of a better pronoun—favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, reading, watching geek-tastic television, reading, and running. While Alex prefers writing over doing anything else (except maybe reading), sometimes she emerges from the cave to be social and to hunt for food at the local market. She can be found blogging, searching the Internet for more books to read, and tending after her aloe plant Cornwall.

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