Title: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel (Nutty Romance #2)
Author Name: Kate Lowell
Publication Date & Length: February 25, 2016 – 24,000 Words
Nathan’s met Vince’s family, but Vince hasn’t met Nathan’s, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?
Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.
But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.
Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.
Nathan the squirrel shifter is back along with the love of his life; Vince. Not much time has passed since the first book, but these two are still adorably in love and freakin’ cute. The small plot deals with Vince wanting to meet Nathan’s family, but Nathan is reluctant. Of course they make things work out in the end, but Vince meets other shifters along the way.
Cute shifters, cute read, a good book for a relaxing day when you don’t wanna read much drama and just wanna be amused.
“Breakfast,” Vince said and waved a hand toward the table.
It was a squirrel’s wet dream. Or it would have been, if good-enough-to-lick-all-over-then-eat Vince hadn’t been sitting on the other side of the table. Maybe he could say it was any other squirrel’s wet dream—whatever, it was the breakfast of Roman squirrel emperors.
A pile of thick, deep brown pancakes waited for him in the center of his plate. Raspberries and shaved almonds sprawled seductively over the side of the stack, glistening with sweet, sticky maple syrup. Some of the less audacious ones hid decorously beneath the edges of a heavy daub of whipped cream, but Nathan knew they were there, waiting for him to discover them. He could see them peeking diffidently out, uncertain whether they wanted to attract his attention or not.
And the best part—the most gorgeous massage therapist in the world was sitting across the table from him, watching him with eyes that were dark in more than just the usual way. He looked at Nathan like Nathan was a maple walnut ice cream with a peanut dip. Like he wanted to lick him all over and suck bits of him deep inside his mouth…
Appendix C: Other People’s Property—It Doesn’t Always Belong to Everyone
While food is the most common area of contention between weres and humans, other objects can be a cause for concern as well. Clothes are a primary source of friction with the human world, though they are far from the only things that can also cause problems for the unwary were. Take, for example, Dave’s story:
I came home one day and I was really tired, so I grabbed my roommates blanket because it’s really warm and soft and feels fantastic to curl up in. But when my roommate came home, he became upset that I had his blanket, and even more upset because I had removed my clothing. But it feels so good against my skin! He yelled at me, and then again because I was eating some of his beef jerky inside the blanket. I don’t know what his problem was—he could have eaten the frozen turkey breast in the freezer if he was hungry.
In this case, it is obvious that Dave ran afoul of several human idiosyncrasies, including a certain squeamishness with respect to reproductive organs touching items in contention.
Kate Lowell lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farm house that has way more personality than it has any right to. During the winter, she spends her time dreading snow, cursing at snow, shoveling snow, and scheming ways to shove it down the kids’ necks. During the summer, she prays not to have snow. 🙂
Kate likes to play in ALL the sandboxes. While her main genres are paranormal and contemporary suspense, she is also interested in science fiction, fantasy and–weirdly–romantic comedy. She’s willing to pay large amounts of money to anyone who can come up with a Time Turner, or find her an agreeable Time Lord to sort out her scheduling problems.
You can contact her at katelowellbooks (at) gmail.com . If you think you’d like to try writing gay romance, come visit her critique group (Link can be found at http://katelowell.com). New members are always welcome.