Title: Tufted & Tatted (Peckers #4)
Author: Jacques N. Hoff
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 82 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Freed from the Australian zoo where he was the subject of forced breeding experiments, Atticus makes his way to the tufted puffin grounds in California, only to find he may not be free after all. Atty is a loner, but he doesn’t want to fight the pull of a flighty surfer who gives his inked skin a pleasant, uncontrollable itch.
Scott has the sun on his face, the waves beneath him, and gratitude for every second of life he gets to embrace. Then Atty appears, and it’s like the universe has tuned his meditation bell to the perfect frequency.
The Tiki Pro surfing competition in Florida is calling to Scott, and Atty agrees to make sure Scott gets there safely. A cross-country road trip in the Hunny Wagon seems like a perfect way to live in the present and get tantric all at the same time.
But they aren’t making this trek alone.
Jacques N. Hoff is the brainchild of S.J.D. Peterson and S.A. McAuley
I seriously have too many unanswered questions that had to be set aside so I could just enjoy the story.
Atticus is a tufted puffin who apparently was hatched, not born. Want to know more? Me too!! But no. Like anything else in this series there is no explanation.
Once again, there is no world-building. We still don’t know why or how they shift, why some are hatched as birds and shift to human or born human and shift to bird.
But I digress. Atty was rescued at the end of Masked Booby and finds himself in California. Immediately he meets his True Mate, Scott. Scott is a little different in that he was in a car accident about a year ago and now suffers from a type of amnesia.
Sweet, hurt brained Scott. He witnesses several times the shift from bird to human, but ultimately doesn’t remember. It’s like a really short avian shifter twist on 50 First Dates. Want to know more? Me too!!
I wanted to know more: about Atticus, about Scott, Scott’s accident, how Scott reacts when he finally remembers Atty is a bird shifter, and I really want to know about shifting…but you never really find out anything.
I understand these books are all less than 100 pages, so the authors are definitely working on a short leash of what can be put into the story and not a lot of time to pack a lot in, but it’s frustrating because I want to know more!
I want backstory, I want some history, I want to know the lore, I want more from the epilogue! I mean, come on! We’re in book 4 and there really hasn’t been even an iota of explanation?
Bottom line, as long as you enjoy reading a book that is mostly in the present and don’t expect any real world building or back story you’ll probably enjoy it.
And all my ranting aside, I did enjoy it. Really. And I’ll stick with the series through at least one more with hope that I will finally get some answers.