Title: Delicate Freakn' Flower (Freakn' Shifters #1)
Author: Eve Langlais
Published: 2011, Self Published
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: this is a hot threesome story where all the focus is on her with pleasurable consequences.
When a book by Eve Langlais starts off with the first line of “He’s a freakn’ beast” you know you are in for one hell of a time. This story was inventive, unique and a LOT of fun to read. Definitely one of those “can’t put it down” books!
We start off with Naomi at a lacrosse game with her friend, Francine (who you see sparingly in this book, but will see much more of in the next book in the series, Jealous and Freakn’). Naomi isn’t the kind of girl who likes these brutal displays of aggression and violence, even if it is in the name of sport; even more so when it is in her day-to-day life. Naomi is a wolf shifter, the youngest of six in her family. The other five? All brothers. That means a lot of testosterone and broken furniture. Naomi is an accountant. She just wants a normal life. And yep, she has a wickedly snarky tongue to accompany her brazen attitude toward a life that other shifters don’t really understand her wanting. She’s made up her mind that she wants a man – a human man – preferably the quiet type. Well Naomi, I’m sorry, Mother Nature has something else in mind for you! I absolutely loved the way Naomi met our next character, Ethan. Well, saw more than met. The way it was described I could envision it so perfectly, so…comically. Yep, comically.
Why? Well Ethan is a shifter too. In fact, everyone is in the stadium. This sport was brought together in this arena for a way for all these shifters to get their aggressions out in a nice and healthy way that doesn’t bring attention to the fact that they exist. Ok, back to Ethan. He’s on the lacrosse team, Loup Garou. But he isn’t wolf, he’s Kodiak Bear. Oh yeah ladies, you heard me. This man is a BEAR! His human form is an impressive seven foot tall hunk of a human with muscles bulging every where you could hope to see muscles. Ethan might not be a smooth operator, but he has a lot to offer the ladies – if they would just stop being afraid of him. He might be a bear, but he’s no animal (snicker!). He is intelligent, thoughtful and caring. He could also rip just about anything limb from limb. Talk about the ultimate protector – or enemy! Just like I told Eve after reading this book, I think I might be a wolf to bear convert! The moment Ethan and Naomi see each other, they know they are the other’s mate.
Then enters another shifter into this drama – Javier. Javier is a jaguar shifter and Ethan’s best friend since university. He and Naomi get one look at each other and they realize they are also mates. Holy Triangle Batman!! Javier is smooth and silky, just like a jaguar. He’s got all the right moves and all the right words, he’s definitely a ladies man. But that all is about to change. That Mother Nature is one wicked lady!
Knowing Naomi doesn’t want a shifter mate, let alone two of them, these guys have their work cut out for them. But they are both bound and determined to win her over. Honestly, I don’t know how she managed to hold out for even five minutes. These guys could have just said “Hello” to me and I would have been putty in their hands! And they get the opportunity to show Naomi just how serious they are about mating her because suddenly someone is threatening her!
I loved how the mystery of this story was tied into the whole romantic story. Everything was sewn together wonderfully, and I don’t think I could have even asked for a single change. From the initial snarky comments and stubbornness, then onto “well, I think I am beginning to like these guys…” to BAM! LOOOOOOVE! Everything was perfect. Of course, my favorite character is Ethan (who, by the way, is the second bear shifter I’ve read about from this author. Chase from Bunny and the Bear was the first, and also quite a gem, himself) Suddenly, I want more bear shifters! Of course, Javier is nothing to sneeze at either. That man has a heart of gold and is a terrific prize all by himself. But then you get the two of these guys together, trying to win Naomi’s heart as a team and you’ve got the megamillion combination. There’s no jealousy, just great imagination and lots of heat. The sexual tension built up nice and steady in this book. You’d get a few teases and then the story would back off. When the moment finally hit for the 3 of these people to finally unify you were ready. Woooohoooo!
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