Opposites Attract by Marteeka Karland

Opposites Attract by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Steven Wolfe has had it with that damned cat! The creature keeps getting into his house and he can’t figure out how. To make matters worse, he’s a werewolf so he doesn’t particularly care for four-legged creatures of the feline variety, but the thing is so persistent! How can even a wolf keep his distance when she curls up so trustingly in his lap every night as if she belonged there.

Felina Eldridge simply can’t resist the handsome man next door. She knows exactly what he is, and she knows there can never be anything between them. After all, she’s a familiar. She’s destined to mate with a witch and to aid him in all he does. But, damn! What would it be like to bed the handsome Steven Wolfe? Curiosity being ninety percent of a cat’s make-up, Felina sets out to find out exactly what kind of lover a werewolf would make.

Throw in a coven determined to see to the happiness of all the supernatural creatures in Mount Bell, and things just snowball from there. And remember, in Mount Bell, things aren’t always what they seem.

This is a cute story about a romance between a fluffy kitty and a wolf. In this case the kitty is a shifter lady whose job is to be a familiar to a witch and her name is Felina – very appropriate. The wolf is actually Steven, a very sexy alpha werewolf who can’t seem to get his mysterious neighbor off of his mind. What I found delightfully surprising about this little short is the twist at the end. It was cute, adorable and unexpected.

Opposites Attract is a charming romp in the Mount Bell series. It’s the third book but I can assure readers it’s a solid standalone read. I’d never read the first two books so I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into when I chose this story. The blurb really sold me on giving it a try and I’m very glad I did. I never felt like I was missing anything by not having read the previous installments in the series. This tale is solely focused on Felina and Steven and it’s very entertaining.

I enjoyed the interaction between the main protagonists and the secondary characters. The main supporting role was played by Felina’s Aunt Bertha with an aside of a condescending caretaker who gets zapped in a way I’m thinking many who are faced with the reality of nursing homes would love to be able to do. One thing that jarred me was the switch of the uncle’s name from Robert to Richard. Someone didn’t catch that in editing. Other than that, the rest of the book was clean and well written.

Lust is the strong motivating force that gets Felina and Steven from point A to B. It’s a quick progression so for readers who are looking for a bit of slow seduction and romance to lead the way, it’s not happening in this book. Unless you want to consider all the times Felina spied on Steven in her kitty form, then I guess it can be looked upon as her falling in love with him over time; she certainly had months to form an attachment. As for Steven, he’s a paranormal creature, so it stands to reason he’d make quick work of things. And he sure does, readers should get some hot flashes from his prowess.

Opposites Attract might be pure fluff and entertainment but I had a great time reading Felina and Steven’s story. I liked their dialogue, both external and internal, and I thought the author created two lovable and interesting characters. Certainly, the love scenes are wild and passionate so erotic readers will get their fix and then some. There is a happy ever after and I enjoyed how the author wrapped it all up. It’s fast, it’s not subtle but it gets the job done. I’d recommend this to erotic romance readers for sure just for the sheer fun of it.

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