Splash and Elegance

Gabrielle Evans
Splash and Elegance
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Publisher
Siren Publishing
Release Date
December 2011
ISBN
1619261774
Series
Book 13 of Midnight Matings
Genre
LGBTQ, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Socially awkward and practically invisible to the rest of the world, Whitley Turner wasn't overly upset by the elders' announcement. Either he'd find someone to claim him, or he'd disappear completely. So, when he finds himself mated to a sexy-as-sin orca shifter, he's not sure whether to jump for joy or run screaming.

Jude Chambers knows exactly who the shy swan shifter is. He's been looking for a way to get close to him for months. Using the forced mating decree and a little cunning help from a friend, landing Whitley as his mate was a piece of cake. Feeling guilty about the situation wasn't supposed to happen. Why couldn't Whitley be the egotistical jerk he imagined him to be?

It doesn't take long for Whitley to realize something isn't right. When the truth is revealed, how can Whitley forgive his mate when being invisible was far less painful?

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Feb 13, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
121 people found the following review helpful
You would think that a mating between an orca whale and a swan shifter would be all kinds of wrongůand while it may start out that way, sometimes two wrongs do make a right. SPLASH AND ELEGANCE is the 13th book in the Midnight Mating's series and it brings us another quirky pairing.

Whitley is a swan shifter, he is shy and insecure, and has been treated as if he is worthless his entire life. He is the type of guy that would rather be ignored than fight back. When he first sees Jude at the gathering, he is immediately attracted to him, though he is sure that Jude is way out of his league.

Jude is an Orca whale shifter, and while I wanted to believe he was a good guy, he does absolutely everything to prove me wrong. He lies from the very beginning and that made it very difficult to connect or even like him. I understood his dilemma but I wish he would have found another way to try and achieve his goal. He does redeem himself, but for me it was a case of too little too late.

There was a lot more suspense and mystery in this story and that made it a little light on the romance. I did enjoy Whitley's transformation and was happy to see his growth from downtrodden to assertive. This wasn't an easy paring and you definitely come away knowing that this couple still has a lot of work ahead of them. So if you like your stories where the couple has to work to come together, then you will enjoy this book.
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