Review: Magpie (Avian Shifters #2) by Kim Dare

December 30, 2015 Review 0

Review: Magpie (Avian Shifters #2) by Kim Dare

Everet has found his perfect place in the nest. As a raven, he’s ideally suited to his new role in the nest’s security flock. Some of the jobs it entails have been far more enjoyable than others, but when he’s called to retrieve a magpie, whose got himself into trouble in a local human club, it becomes a truly life changing experience.

Magpie shifters have always been looked down on by other avians. Just as attracted to shiny things in their human bodies as they are in their avian forms, everyone knows they’ll do anything for money—and they’re not above stealing what they can’t get by more honest means.

Kane knows what being a magpie means, and he’s got the bruises to show for it. When Everet rescues him from his latest scrape, Kane knows better than to believe the raven will actually take an interest in him and his welfare, but it’s just possible that Everet is different to any other man Kane has ever met.

Please note: This book is best to read in order as part of the Avian Shifters series. The previous stories are Duck! and Celebrate.

Title: Magpie
Author: Kim Dare
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Virgin Territory, Axel's Pup, Duck!, Celebrate
Series: Avian Shifters #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Duck!, Celebrate
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: November 14, 2015
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 251
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Having read several books by Kim Dare, I have certain expectations. I expect there to be paranormals, I expect there to be a HEA. And, I expect to be taken on an emotional roller coaster the will knock my socks off. Now while I didn’t find myself in a heart-wrenching sobbing pile of goo, I still thoroughly enjoyed Magpie and I think you will, too.

We first met Everet in book one. At that time, I really didn’t think much of him (Must be that whole pecking order) but now I see I have underestimated him. He’s sweet and strong and very honorable, certainly not what I thought a raven would be. Frankly, I find them to be creepy birds. I can thank Poe for that. Kane, on the other hand, with his fascination of everything sparkly is what I felt a magpie should be. Initially, he was not an easy character to like. He’s arrogance and contemptuous remarks were at first very grating. As his story unfolded, I came to understand him better and to see it was a mask for his pain. It was easy to see how Everet could be a Dom, his kindness and his want to have Kane obey him was never mean or harsh. Kane I didn’t see being a natural sub since all his thoughts were very Me, Me, Me. However, after a highly charged emotional scene I can see he wasn’t as bad as I thought he was. The raven and the magpie, yes they get their HEA and it was all I could hope for.

Characters, there’s quite a few of them and this time around, I’m paying attention to them. Quite a few of them were easily to dislike. Kane’s sister, bio-tch! Ambrose, oh my! What an awkward sweetie! I’m really hoping he gets his own book. Bonus points to Ms. Dare for bringing back Ori and Raynard. I really enjoyed their characters in Duck! and it was quite the treat to see how they have grown. Hamilton on the other hand, still a butthead. Seriously, can someone bring in a large cat and eat that rude bird!

I’m sure folks will be comparing books 1 and 2 in the Avian Shifters series and say Magpie came up short. While it didn’t have the emotional gut-wrenching drama as Duck!, Magpie stands very well on its own. While it is not necessary to read the first book, because I think Magpie can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the books in order. Anyone who likes their M/M PNR on the feathery side, will enjoy this book.


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