Swoop On Love by Elodie Parkes

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Swoop On Love by Elodie Parkes
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

A lazy evening takes Jeanie out to explore her new neighborhood. In a small town with an unusual name, she finds two men who fascinate and intrigue her.

Reed and Nathan are best friends with an unbelievable secret. One they’re afraid Jeanie might share with the outside world. But even as they question her motives, Jeanie finds herself falling for not one, but both of them. To make their relationship work, the men will have to trust her, while Jeanie attempts to accept the impossible.

Jeanie moved out to a neighboring county to help mend her broken heart. With lush woodlands on either side of her cozy little house the fresh start was what she hoped could help get her life back on track again. With small excursions to explore the pretty countryside, she decides to visit Owlswick one Saturday afternoon. After taking a photo of a large, beautiful owl she meets a strange, angry man named Reed. Soon, Jeanie is involved with both Reed and his mysterious friend Nathan, and Jeanie realizes there is far more than meets the eye to the little town of Owlswick.

This is an interesting and very different take on shape-shifters. I’ve never read about were-owls or were-eagles and it was certainly something unique for me. I enjoyed how the author also had played around with some of the rules of the paranormal. Whereas it’s not uncommon for vampires to have no reflection, in this instance when Jeanie takes a photo of a magnificent, huge owl, when she looks at the photo instead she sees a man in the bird’s place. At times I had to wonder if the author was making a bit of light fun at the heroine – I laughed aloud when Jeanie first starts to discover the mysteries at Owlswick and says to herself “I’ve stumbled on something weird.” Because yes, if I’d taken a photo of an owl in broad daylight, then upon looking at the photo on my computer seen a man in the bird’s place weird is the least of what my thoughts would be! While I didn’t find the whole book to be lighthearted, it’s also not a deadly serious, dry kind of story either. I liked this blend of solid plot with a bit of humour thrown in.

If you are a reader who can suspend disbelief, sit back, relax and enjoy a really out there story, I think you should give this book a chance. Sticklers for logic and rules might find too many things to nit pick (owls flying around in the daylight hours, Jeanie’s inner thoughts leaping to massive conclusions, going back to “investigate” the small town she clearly thought moments ago might be quite dangerous). But really, when one is talking about were-owls and were-eagles, it’s not like the usual rules should apply, or at least not to my mind.

I’d recommend this book for more broad-minded readers who like something different. The author has written an interesting tale not only of two men finding their perfect woman to share, but also of a heroine whose eyes are opened to a completely new side of the world – a paranormal one. Best of all it I found it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the sex was very hot. Different and interesting, I enjoyed this novella.

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