Sparkles & Strawberries

Katica Locke
Sparkles & Strawberries
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Shadowfire Press LLC
Release Date
February 2011
Book 2 of Faerie
LGBTQ, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Ezarali wants to make this a special Valentine's Day for his Master, Nathan, but he has no money to buy the things he needs. Zarik, their werewolf roommate, needs a favor, too and agrees to get Ezarali the supplies for his surprise in exchange for Ezarali's help. Zarik won't say what the favor is, though.

Dressed as a sex object, Ezarali accompanies Zarik to a seedy S&M club run by a cruel vampire, which stirs up unwelcome memories of his former master. Can he overcome his fear to help Zarik rescue the vampire's abused human slave?

When Nathan discovers what Zarik has done, he is furious. Can he get over his anger, or will it spoil Ezarali's Valentine's Day surprise?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Mar 19, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
138 people found the following review helpful
I did read this one during the wrong holiday, but Valentine's Day is just around the corner and a bit of romance never hurt anyone.

It was a bit difficult to get a grip on the story because there seems to be a first book in the series. But as much as I did figure, Nathan used to be a human who got turned into a shifter and for some reason had to leave Earth. He was given an abused slave, Ezarali, who is really a sweetheart.

Eza wants to do everything to please his new master and in this particular story he wants to make Nathan like Valentine's Day. If that means going into a BDSM club to rescue a human from a vicious vampire, so be it.

The story is mostly about the rescue, but I had issues with it because it wasn't really explained nor particularly relevant in my opinion. So I'm going to talk about the rest of the story.

Nathan might be a were physically, but mentally he was still very much human. That means aside from his possessive nature, he had that attitude that what he thinks is best for someone - IS the best. If he doesn't understand it, he goes about it in his own way. I really dislike that in people so I didn't much care for him, although I have to admit he was very kind toward Eza and Eza's affection makes everyone likable.

Zarik was the trouble-making roommate who I really wanted to get to know better. He seemed like a really interesting character and he made Eza sparkle for him. How cool is that?

Now Eza is very sweet, adorable and kind. I just smiled every time there was a sentence about him in the story and could easily read another couple of hundred pages about him and his life. His willingness to go out of his way to make his master happy only fortified his caring personality and just for him I think this story is worth reading. I really liked some of the jokes between them and situations, but the story is just too short to point them out and not spoil the fun.

Another story I read by this author was Breach, and again I was not disappointed. Katica Locke has vivid imagination which envelops her characters and plot like an unbending shield. By now I know when it comes to her paranormal stories I can expect only the best, but by the end of the book I will definitely want for more.
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