Title: Cockstrut (Peckers #2)
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 22nd 2014
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 87 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Sebastian Grant, a world-renowned avian vet, is so sure bird shifters aren’t real that even when an unruly cockatoo named Louis ends up naked in his arms, it’s difficult for him to admit he’s not imagining it all. Sebastian has traveled all over the globe only to stumble upon the perfect man in his hometown of Chicago.
Louis may just be everything Sebastian has been looking for in a partner—funny, confident, sexy and genuine. But there’s one major problem: Louis is a captive in a gilded cage. With the help of Simon, his blue jay partner Jay and the expanding team of Undercover Peckers, Sebastian is about to find out he’s willing to do anything to make sure Louis is able to fly free and cock strut to his hearts content.
Jacques N. Hoff is the brainchild of S.J.D. Peterson and S.A. McAuley
Avian shifters and True Mates! Cockstrut is fun and funny with a dual POV from both Louis and Sebastian.
I enjoyed this a lot more than than the first book, Jay Walking, but was a bit disappointed there still wasn’t any real world building.
How do they shift? Louis was a bird 90% of the time for over 25 years! Do they age the same way in bird form as human? Some birds can live to very old ages do do they slow down aging? They heal by shifting, wouldn’t that prolong life?
Anyway none of those questions are answered, but it’s a short novella and, like Jay from the first book, Louis doesn’t have family and doesn’t seem to know anything about being a shifter.
The story instead focuses on Sebastian and Louis falling instantly for each other (as True Mates do).
Louis snuggled into Sebastian’s arms and listened to the steady thrumming of his lover’s heartbeat. He knew exactly what Sebastian was experiencing even though the worldly-wise man had no name to put to it: it was real love.
And someday, Sebastian would realize that too.
But for now, all that could wait. In his mate’s arms, Louis was now whole.
The story is sweet, low angst, funny, and even has some sexy times.
I’m really looking forward to Mickey’s story next!