Jericho Junction by Marie Harte

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Jericho Junction by Marie Harte
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Jericho Dark Walker is a Bear, born to shift into both an animal’s and man’s form. He’s second in command to the mixed group of shifters living in the Great Forest. For years it had been his dream to see his clan reintroduced to the land of their ancestors. But now that he’s back he finds himself restless, unable to find joy in even the simplest back scratch or hive of honey. The female shifters offer little challenge, more than eager to bed the Great Clan’s beta, and with everyone getting along, there’s little more for him to do than break up the rare fight.

When an opportunity arrives to represent the clan and work with the athmae to oust an evil plaguing the outer edge of the Great Forest, he gratefully volunteers. The alpha’s brother has mated with an athmae—a demon—so Jericho thinks he knows what to expect. But his new partner is anything but typical. The athmae assigned to work with him is a male demon as large as Jericho, and just as deadly. No sex demon, but a hunter with the instincts of a true predator. So why is Jericho so taken with the male, when he has only ever felt desire for a female?

And why, when they rescue an annoying, sexy cat shifter from certain death, do his instincts scream at him to claim both the feline female and the demon as his own? Bears don’t mate outside their species, yet everything inside Jericho pushes him to do just that. A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Were-bear Jericho finds himself unable to solve a series of murders by a magical creature that doesn’t leave scent when it kills. When his alphas suggest that a local demon kingdom has been experiencing similar problems, Jericho knows he has to go and discover what he can, if it will help his Clan. Seino is a demon, a Protector of the seventh kingdom. He’s no more thrilled with being partnered with Jericho than the were-bear is to be with him. But they both need to hunt and kill the murderer wreaking havoc in their realms – no matter the cost.

I have to be honest, I adored Jericho’s character. An enormous, grumpy-assed were-bear with zero patience for prophecies, posturing, frolicking with incubi and especially no interest in figuring out what his own foresight seems to be telling him. Gruff and no nonsense I laughed and eagerly devoured everything about this large man and loved every second of it. I found Seino to be a bit more of an enigma, and that really appealed to me too. While still intensely sexual, he wasn’t like the other demons/Kin and blatant about it. There was a subtlety to Seino that really appealed to me and I found that far sexier and more provocative than if he’d been up front or in-your-face with his sexuality.

I was a little uncertain with the addition of Anya, a cat-shifter, into their relationship. Personally I felt the balance and chemistry was perfect just between Seino and Jericho. The plotline surrounding Anya was perfect and I really enjoyed that, but I wasn’t fully sold on the fact that Anya added anything to the relationship (sexually or emotionally) and didn’t really feel the ménage was significantly better than the twosome between the two men. I couldn’t help but wonder why she was added to the relationship at all. The plot surrounding her was excellent and I completely got that – I just couldn’t see why she needed/wanted to be added to the M/M side of things. Still, for readers who prefer ménage’s to M/M Anya will probably be a welcome addition.

I found the sex deliciously hot and adored the interactions – especially between Jericho and Seino. The paranormal world was fresh and I thought the author did an excellent job of describing it without any info-dumps or cluttering up the progress of both the plot and the relationships. Overall I found this to be a really well written, well paced story with plenty of steamy sex and characters that really interested me and captured my attention.

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