Fangs in Fur by Cynthia Sax

Fangs in Fur by Cynthia Sax
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (133 pgs)
Other M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Clover

I’m Helena and I’m no delicate flower, my rough touch making former paranormal lovers cry. I’m looking for someone big and strong and preferably not a wolf, especially not that alpha wolf I have stalking me.

I’m not attracted to him — no matter how wide his shoulders or how high his pain tolerance. I’m not that foolish. Lasting relationships between wolves and vampires are forbidden, and this male has the gleam of forever in his wild eyes. He is determined to make me his mate and that, I know, will break the fragile peace between our species.

There’s a thin, blood-red line between enemies and lovers. I’m about to cross it.

Forbidden love between two warring factions, what’s hotter than that?

Helena is having a tough time finding a mate. To say she gets a little aggressive in the bedroom is an understatement. She likes to draw blood and go for it hard and fast. So when a sexy wolf pads into her life and her soul she finds it hard to say no, in fact, all she can say is yes, yes, yes! But should she? When this one wolf, this very shifter, is in fact supposed to be wed to her best friend.

This is the second story in a set, though as the author proclaims, it can be read alone. It’s hot – there’s a good, hefty dose of sex – short, violent and also romantic. Ms Sax does a good job of describing the characters and Helena and her wolf, Marrock, were pretty clear to me from the outset.

There are a few inconsistencies with descriptions Helena gives about herself, her heart mainly, I didn’t think vampires had beating hearts, in fact she says so herself ‘My nonbeating heart aches’, yet she has a pulse, blood, her heart races when her lover makes her excited. It would have made her more vamp like without these elements. I liked her though, and I enjoyed the first person voice she had.

Some of the sex is shifter sex, so if you’re not into heroines clinging onto super-hairy backs this might not be for you, though I found it okay; he’d only half-shifted when she humped him. There is some conflict, a bit of scrapping and fighting, but not loads and it does add to the story.

The book switches between the hero and heroine telling their side of the story. I enjoyed Helena’s version best, mainly because I enjoyed her descriptions of Marrock, though I did like the way his wolf lived inside him, how he refers to it. That gave him an extra dimension.

If you like paranormal sex scenes and a bit of love angst between a wolf and a vampire you might just find this is a quickie for you.

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