All Bite, No Growl

Jenika Snow
All Bite, No Growl
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Publisher
ARe Books
Release Date
June 2015
ISBN
9781943576012
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Forget the foreplay. For the truly committed, it's all bite.

Willow has loved Devon and Case for as long as she can remember, but as lion shifters they will eventually find their mates. When she allows herself to be with her two lions after a drunken party, she fears she's ruined a lifelong friendship and flees before morning.

Devon and Case have been inseparable since they could walk, but they can't tell anyone that they are mates. The pride of shifters they belong to won't accept a same-sex mating. There's no way they'll accept their love for Willow?

When a shocking revelation brings Willow's world crashing down, she has no choice but to tell Devon and Case how she feels. Will they be able to accept what fate has thrown at them? Do they want to?

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
96 people found the following review helpful
One night changes everything. One night of lowered inhibitions reveals all their secrets. They have been friends for many years and the end of high school is bringing on changes for them all. Devon and Case have been keeping their relationship a secret and Willow has been hiding her true feelings from them so as not to risk their friendship. Is revealing their secrets a risk worth taking?

Love isn't easy for Willow, Devon and Case. As lion shifters, they are expected to recognize their mate and settle into a relationship to have children. There is no acceptance for a mate of the same gender. Devon and Case have been hiding their true relationship as mates to avoid issues within the community. They also have strong feelings for Willow but know that she has a mate out there of her own to find and don't want to lose her friendship. Willow has desired both of them for years and seeing the truth of their relationship pushes her to act on those feelings.

The author does a fantastic job of letting the reader be a voyeur to their sexual encounters. As eighteen year old young adults, they are exploring their sexuality. Willow has only had one previous sexual encounter. Devon and Case have been with females and have been together sexually for about a year when the story opens. They are all stimulated by watching the sexual encounters with one another. The descriptions are very graphic and there are M/M as well as M/M/F encounters. There is no BDSM or violence in any of the sexual activities. They are consenting adults who are very much in love.

There is an important message about acceptance. The lion community is very conservative and not open to homosexual relationships. They want Devon and Case to deny their love. There are few in the community that are willing to just accept them. As we have gay marriage in the news daily, it is a very timely storyline.

While the voyeur aspect worked well with the sexual encounters, that feeling of watching it all happen kept me somewhat distanced from the characters. I didn't feel like I was connected to them. I liked them but I didn't truly understand them. Willow, in particular, was very childish at times in her responses and I could not relate to her responses. She is only eighteen so some of that is to be expected. I am used to the characters being in the twenties and often thirties when they are dealing with finding their mates. This is more a young adult menage story.

It is a very sexual story about three young lion shifters that are exploring their sexuality and learning to become mates. Devon and Case have the strength to be who they are regardless of what others may prefer. Willow is more insecure and relies on them for confidence and support. Together, they form a triad that has love as the foundation. As the reader, you get to be a voyeur to their varied sexual encounters and the building of their relationship.
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