Title: At Sixes and Sevens (Fur, Fangs and Felines #4)
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal – Werecats, Werewolves
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Werecats mating with humans was bad enough…. But an Alpha werewolf?
Aidric’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Alpha Carter Lovelock of the Dark Lake Pack—who is apparently his mate. Now Aidric must decide whether to accept the mate the goddess chose, or deny her gift because cats and dogs just don’t mix.
Carter is in a pickle. He always assumed his mate would be a female werewolf. How else is Carter supposed to carry on his line and retain Alphaship? When Aidric comes into his life, Carter’s ex, Sabrina, isn’t giving up easily. Her brother, Delaney, is a thorn in Carter’s side, and some of the other werewolves go out of their way to make Aidric feel unwelcome, including one of his deltas, Evan.
Unfortunately, what little headway they make is destroyed during a full moon hunt when enemy werewolves attack Aidric and threaten the pack house where the Dark Lake pups are kept—an ambush that could have devastating consequences on their future.
Werewolves are notoriously insular, and before Carter and Aidric can build the life they want with each other, they’ll face a fight for acceptance.
Book four in the Fur, Fangs and Feline Series. Not recommended as a stand-alone. Enough happens in the previous books to provide the character and background information to fill in what’s happening in the next installment.
This installment had an interesting theme of discrimination and acceptance rolling through it from all species point of view:
• Aidric and Carter’s clowder and packs both trying to learn to cope with “outsiders”.
• Jannelle’s request to become a Beta in the clowder and the outspoken criticism during the trial directed at her and Dolf.
• Marshell and Jannell being vetala’s living amongst the clowder
• The clowder and how they view humans (though that’s been in some of the previous books)
And I’m probably missing several more of references, but you, dear reader, get the idea. I’ll admit, this was not what I expected, but I appreciated the discussion and exploration of the topic of discrimination within a shifter world because it is very real world apropos.
I also felt the issue with Sabrina was left hanging. She spewed her vitriol at Carter and the pack at the beginning of the book. Her brother took up the battle cry in front of the pack. Then Sabrina kinda just…fell to the wayside. I would have liked to have seen more resolution with her, as she was the root cause of, well, everything.
One tiny complaint with a character in the book, and this isn’t something peculiar to here, I’ve seen it elsewhere. Aidric is described as being 6’ tall and 160 lbs. For a guy, that is incredibly thin. To put this in perspective, I’m 5’7 and 150lbs. So this guy would be three inches taller and only 10lbs heavier. Very skinny indeed. I made some inquiries with the guys in my life and the result was, dear authors – put a bit of weight on your guys!
Ultimately, another solid instalment in the Fur, Fangs, and Feline series. I applaud the discussion on discrimination from multiple points of view. It’s good to get this out in the open and it brings a gravitas to what could have easily been a “mate” book. Well done indeed.
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