Thursday, August 2, 2012

Shifting Sands

Title: Shifting Sands
Author: Six Author Anthology
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-025-2
Genre: {M/M} Shifters, Anthology
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Snake Charmer by Kimberly Gardner - 4.5 Nymphs
Shifter Cyrus Malone is in love with Bobby Lee Sonders. The problem is Cyrus wants to tell Bobby Lee about shifting. Cy just needed to figure out how and when to do it.

All the Moon Long by Ally Blue - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Judson Jorgensen has yearned for Woodrow Villareal’s affections for nearly seven years. Finally on a full moon night, Woody pays a surprise visit to the ranch, where he literally sweeps Jud off his feet, much to the shock of everyone including Jud.

Cock of the Walk by Willa Okati - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Michael Clarence Reilly is determined not to have a relationship ever. However, tenacious Zen Jedrek is just as determined to be Michael’s lover for a lifetime.

Hare of the Bull by Brenda Bryce - 4.5 Nymphs
Gordy Phillips tried everything he could think of to get close to the ranch’s housekeeper Tristan Neely. However, every time Gordy came near him, Tristan would run like a scared rabbit and hide in the store room.

Lost and Found by J.L. Langley - 5 Nymphs
Shay Duncan is in a major predicament when he rolls into the pond to escape his captors with his feet and hands tied. Lucky for Shay, he is rescued by shifter Ben Eagle, who just happens to be in the pasture that full moon night.

Pulling the Dragon’s Tail by Jet Mykles - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Daniel Long is caught with an unrequited attraction to Russell. Daniel and Russell were meant to be together, according to Russell’s estimation. However, Daniel is determined that will never happen.

Shifting Sands is a well-written romantic comedy, comprised of six stories featuring each of the Texas ranch’s residents. The superb plot showcases the perils of the cowboys who are on a quest to claim a mate. The owner's Chinese wife takes one of the cowboys and leaves behind a curse that dooms the remaining populace to a life of shifting. Every month when the moon is full, each man takes on the form of an animal.

All of the characters share more than shifting. They are all compassionate gay men who desire a permanent relationship. They share a bond that is more like family than co-workers. The six magnificent authors have produced a marvelous book, filled with hilarious conversations, emotions along with scorching love scenes. Each story flows into the next giving the reader a sense of continuity. Overall, Shifting Sands is an excellent anthology that I enjoyed to the highest degree.