Shifting Forces by Cassidy McKay

Shifting Forces by Cassidy McKay
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Aurora Monroe has detailed plans for her life — and not one of them includes being barefoot, pregnant and under the thumbs of two decidedly alpha males. But what’s a girl to do when she has two sexy shifters both trying to claim mating rights?

When two paranormals on opposite sides of the war save an injured human, they unintentionally mark her as their wife. Bonded by blood, fire and passion, the gryphon and phoenix shifters do everything they can to keep their new human mate safe.

Getting her to go along with the plan is a different matter. She has no intention of following their orders. Found in defiance of both human laws and paranormal traditions, the battle for their rights turns into a fight for their lives.

Sex between a human and her two shifters can be spectacular, but is it worth risking everything for a chance at forever?

Kender is a gryphon shifter and because he’s part of the military he’s kept his little paranormal secret deeply under wraps. Varick is a phoenix shifter and at loose ends. He lost his house, his job, everything when he admitted he was a shifter. And Aurora is a red headed package of trouble, a human who uses her right to free speech to argue for shifter rights. Caught up in an unexpected brawl, she’s saved by both Kender and Varick – both of whom mark her as theirs near-simultaneously. So what’s a girl to do when claimed by two sexy shifters? Why try a threesome, of course.

This is a fun and interesting paranormal ménage story. I was a little confused initially as each chapter is told from one of the three main character’s points of view, and is oddly titled as part of their blog. Even after finishing the book I’m left quite puzzled as to why their chapters are titled blogs – ie “Autora’s blog”, “Varick’s blog” etc. I presume it’s meant to indicate that each progressive chapter is sort of like a journal entry on how they met and came together, but it’s told in the third person – not first. Blogging/journal writing is usually first person “today I did such and such”. If there was some other meaning behind why the chapters are blogs then it was completely lost on me. So that caused me confusion each time I came to the next chapter – being reminded that I didn’t really know what was going on with that.

I did enjoy hearing the story from all three main characters. This really helped me see not only into their personalities but also helped me understand the very quick attraction between them all. While I felt the chapters were a little short – and thus it felt a little jarring jumping from one to another’s perspective all the time – I think the solid understanding of all three characters outweighs the niggle of the head hopping that happens throughout the whole story.

The sex is smoking hot and really well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it complimented the plot and world the author described perfectly.

For a sizzling hot ménage story set in an interesting alternative, paranormal world this is a great short story. I feel a broad range of readers should enjoy it and am definitely interested in trying out more of this “Protect and Serve” series myself.

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