Ruby by Ashlynn Monroe

RUBY
Ruby by Ashlynn Monroe
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Anal Sex, Menage
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Isser and Sol’s pack is in trouble. Jewel’s newborn cubs are ill and the pack needs money to treat them. Leaving the more experienced wolves to protect the women and children, the two bounty hunters agree to undertake a questionable assignment from known criminal Linus Lilymann. He wants them to find his stolen ruby and he insists he can’t possibly go to the police. Normally, Sol and Isser wouldn’t even consider it, but right now, it looks like the cubs only chance.

The mission turns out to be not what the expected at all. For one thing, Ruby’s a person, not a jewel. And for another, she’s a dangerous tiger shifter who escaped her kidnappers only to spend her life in a convent worshipping a cat goddess. She’s never been out in the world, she’s utterly unprepared to deal with men like Sol and Isser, and what’s worse, her first shift and her first sexual heat will happen on her twenty-fifth birthday. Soon. And only sex will help her hold onto her humanity.

A tiger in heat will make a mate–or a meal–out of her first lover. Sol and Isser might be able to help her, but if they fail, their entire pack will suffer. It’s a difficult decision: protect the pack or protect their new treasure.

I really enjoyed the opening of this story. Ms. Monroe took the concept of the hierarchy and loyalty of a real wolf pack and applied it to this story about a group of wolf shifters.

It had all the makings of a space adventure as two of the pack set off to recover what they think is a precious gem, but what in fact, turns out to be another shape shifter.

The pacing is fast but I felt the story could have been stronger had we been able to know Ruby more than we did. I would have liked to have seen more insight into her personality and character other than what she was, and that she was on the run.

However, ultimately I enjoyed this story, and if you like a touch of sci-fi with shape shifters in your stories than this is probably a good pick for you.

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