Single White Incubus (Susan’s Review)

Title: Single White Incubus
Author: E.J. Russell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 20, 2018
Genre(s): MM Paranormal shifter romance
Page Count: 288 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Does a bear shift in the woods?

Well, partially. That was what got grizzly shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection — which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.

Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.

But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

I’m not a fan of books where the couple only gets together in the last few pages. As was the case here.

Ted is a bear shifter, a very big, clumsy, extremely kind bear shifter. He has contacted Supernatural Selections to find him the perfect mate. And they have found just the guy for him. Rusty is an inactive beaver shifter and Ted can’t wait to meet him.

Quentin is an incubus. An incubus who doesn’t want to drain people’s energies. So he’s been on suppressants for decades. When he arrives at the house of the husband Supernatural Selections picked out for him, it is not what he was expecting. He didn’t expect a vampire to live out in the woods, far away from everyone and everything. There isn’t even electricity!

When Ted sees the stranger arrive, he isn’t sure why he’s there. Well, it turns out Supernatural Selections made a mistake. Quentin is Ted’s new husband. And they signed with blood, so it’s a pretty binding contract….

I was sure this was going to be awesome, but somewhere halfway through I got the feeling these guys would never get together. Yes, there are some (small) sex scenes, because they ‘have’ to consummate the marriage, but there were hardly any sweet or tender moments between these two.

There was a whole bunch of other stuff going on that all got together at the end, which was just too much for me. I wanted these guys to have some quiet time together, but they only got that on the last page.

So overall I ended up being quite disappointed in this book. I won’t be reading the other books when they come out.

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Galley copy of Single White Incubus provided by Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

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