It Takes Two to Tango (Kristin’s Review)

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Title: Two to Tango (Fur, Fangs and Felines #3)
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?

Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.

While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.

The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.

Book three in the Fur, Fangs and Feline Series.

Not recommended as a stand-alone. Enough happens in book one and two to provide the character and background information to fill in what’s happening in three.

This was an enjoyable read in that I got to revisit the usual cast of characters and was introduced to a couple potential new ones.

The plot is the standard finding one’s mate – but the twist in this series seems to be overcoming prejudices. In book one (Trouble Comes in Threes) it was about bringing a reviled Human into the Clowder (what you would call a group of cats). Book two (Behind the Eight Ball) repeated that theme. Book three (and the end of book two) switched things up a bit and introduced a werecat finding his mate in a Vetala – not a snake shifter, not a vampire, but a kinda combination paranormal– which really gets the Clowders tails in a snit.

Where I struggled with this book was with the outside threats to Marshell, our Vetala and Remi’s mate. Marshell has a werewolf stalker, an ex-lover who couldn’t comprehend the “ex” part. The werewolf attacking Marshell, Remi and Lawson or their property was a visible and tangible threat.

But the hunters coming after Marshell came a bit out of left field at the beginning, fell out of the story during the middle, and showed up again at the end. I didn’t get the feeling that this really played a role other than to bring Remi and Marshell together at the beginning. To compound my concerns, how the issue with the hunters was resolved at the end felt more like an afterthought than part of the plot.

And this grumble I mentioned in the previous review – everyone finds their mate at the end. The plot lost the Remi/Marshell connection in setting up a future book.

What I did enjoy was seeing Remi’s cat in cuddle, play and fight mode. I enjoyed Marshell’s admission he felt silly talking to and chasing a cat, that it wasn’t ‘normal’ for him to engage in that kind of interaction. I appreciated that touch of emotion in the Vetala. And I enjoyed how both men were strong willed, yet showed their insecurities about giving up control was a form of trust. I thought that was well written.

Ultimately, a fun read.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

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