Title: Delicate Freakn’ Flower [Freakn’ Shifters 1]
Author: Eve Langlais
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Erotica
Rating: 5 Stars
Dammit, just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a Delicate Freakn’ Flower?
Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.
When fate – with a snicker – makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf – and her body – demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass – totally hot and muscled-lacrosse players.
Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns – and her passion?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I read this book as part of the Fated Mates Box Set, so I am planning to give a review to each individual book in the set, and then the set as a whole at a later date. There are twelve books in the set, and it is currently for sale on Amazon for $0.99 at the time this review was written. This is book 5 of 12.
I’m amazed, but I actually really enjoyed this book. First of all, let me say: In theory, I have nothing against ménages à trois, but I have found over the years, that at least in literature (I won’t even delve into life in general), they are rarely done in a way that is convincing enough to make them appealing. Usually, because the point of the three-some is erotic, the language is typically more crude than your average romance, and honestly, it makes me cringe. I’m by no means a prude—I read primarily romance novels, but I think there is a fine line between erotic language and pornographic language. On top of that, the relationships in these sorts of situations rarely seem balanced; there is almost always a character that is weaker than the others or otherwise less appealing. Going into this book, I was a bit wary of what I would find.
I was pleasantly surprised. Delicate Freakn’ Flower was a hilarious battle between Naomi, a quick-tempered, girly wolf-shifter and her two suitors—Ethan, the adorably huggable Kodiak Bear-Shifter, and Javier, a Jaguar-Shifter that practically oozed sex. The last thing Naomi wanted was to find a shifter mate. Hands down. She hates their animalistic, brutish natures, and so it was appalling to her to find out that she had not one, but two mates, and they were both thuggish lacrosse players. She fought—oh how she fought—tooth and nail to avoid these men, but of course, as all erotic romance stories go, she eventually succumbed.
This story was deliciously racy, humor-filled, and engaging. The narrative was exceptionally well written in the snarky-voice of Naomi with tiny bits of the two males here and there, but it truly was a full out battle of wills between the three. For once, the 3-person relationship not only worked, but I honestly can’t imagine it had there only been two of the characters. The personalities and characterizations of Naomi, Ethan, and Javier was so closely intertwined, that had any of the group been missing, it wouldn’t have worked.
There was a thriller/mystery sub-plot under the romance that revolved around some threatening messages and attacks against Naomi’s family, and though I don’t know if it was necessary to the story itself as a whole (the romance would have stood up just fine on it’s own) I’m glad it was included. It added a little more depth to the story, and it was fun to have something other than the relationship between the three main characters to follow.
As for the sex scenes, I’ll admit, they were a little more racy that I usually will admit to liking. I think that’s sort of par-for-the-course when you’re dealing with a three-person relationship. There was certainly quite a bit of dirty talk between the characters, but I think the author pulled it off in a way that didn’t come across as crude. So much time was spent developing their relationship throughout the book, and slowly upping the ante on the sexual side of it, that by the time the story got to the super-racy bits, it really didn’t bother me to have the characters throwing out wild sexual lines.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was engaging, fast-paced, well-written, and the characters were hilariously entertaining. Would I read it again? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes. If you like super-racy paranormal romance or erotica, you’re probably going to like this. It won’t be for everyone—it’s certainly for mature audiences only—but it was a good book, and fantastic for it’s genre.