Author: S.A. Welsh
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Never play cat and mouse with a saber-tooth tiger.
Kale Andrews is dragged to the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. office by his brother when he gets disturbing mail from an obsessed fan. He reluctantly agrees to have a bodyguard but when a the tall muscular blond walks in to the office emanating power and a sexy dose of danger Kale’s doubts about needing the man with him twenty four hours a day quickly disappear.
The easy babysitting job Aleksi was promised quickly changes from strange mail to threatening deliveries and Aleksi has to get creative to get his protectee out of the line of fire. Everyone knows models are self-centred and shallow, so why does being with Kale make him feel like he finally has a home? Being a saber-tooth tiger means that most people aren’t strong enough to be with him in a relationship or even as friends, he’s too naturally dominant. Yet Kale seems to calm his beast at the same time as exciting the man in him.
Neither men expected nor wanted a relationship with strings, but as they grow closer Aleksi realizes that Kale might just be his mate. With the obsessed fan escalating to murder, Aleksi isn’t sure even his tiger can keep his mate safe.
I’ve always been drawn to big masculine guys. While it may seem a bit stereotypical, I think it has more to do with the fact that I’m no dainty flower and I would love to be around someone who made me feel that way. Anyway… that’s the draw of Aleksi for me – 6’ 10” of solid muscle and dominating tiger perfection. He could guard my body any time. *sigh*
Kale, as a successful male model, was not the stereotypical expectation and I was happy for that. I also enjoyed that while Aleksi typically disliked the pretty boys, he could see that Kale was different. Aleksi also didn’t get all weird about Kale’s job even if he didn’t necessarily like other people staring at his man.
I’d call this one kinda cute, kinda sexy, and not too crazy on the mystery/stalker thread. Don’t get me wrong, the stalker himself was a crazy dude to be sure, but we never got too many details and everything pretty much went as expected along the way. I think it would have been better if there had been more dimension to the crazy guy (ex: an actual identity would have been good vs. being “Not-Barry”).
Enjoyable shifter story with a few different elements!