Ta Weezo’s Blues (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Ta Weezo’s Blues
Author: Layla Dorine
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: December 24th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Shifter
Page Count: 86
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5


Sabre never had any intentions of becoming the teacher’s pet. In fact, most of his school years have been spent trying to avoid attention. The scar that mars his cheek has made him wary of strangers, their questions and prying eyes leave him feeling exposed in ways he’s uncomfortable with. Accustomed to blending in, he lurks around the shadows in the back of classrooms, turning in exemplary work but rarely taking part in discussions.

Professor Locklear’s Native lit class is different though. Sabre’s interest in the subject matter, coupled with a dedicated scholar’s need to turn in the best work possible, leads him to seek out a more advanced reading list, much to the delight of Professor Locklear. When he comes across Sabre reading material beyond even the advanced list, Professor Locklear invites on a fieldtrip to a nearby village. Along the way he learns more than just the knowledge contained in the books. He learns about trust and discovers that there are others out there just like him— shapeshifters.

What he believed was an individual anomaly turns out to be something beyond legend and lore, a whole different culture he’d never known existed. The only way he can move forward is to let his shields down long enough to trust the man whose conversations he’s come to enjoy, but to do that, he’ll have to stop distancing himself from everyone.

This was a cute, short story about a professor and his student.

When Sabre stays after class to inquire about extra reading materials, Drax can finally put a face to the name of the student who’s papers have been so surprisingly well written.

After going on an impromptu ‘field trip’ with another group of Drax’s students, Sabre and Drax find they have more in common than they thought.

This was an interesting story with shape shifters and humans and it was well done, but I was kind of surprised at the abrupt ending. I’m hoping there is more to this story because I’d like to get to know Ben a little more. It was worth the read.

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Galley copy of Ta Weezo’s Blues provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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