I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sharing a Pond by Alex Whitehall
Published by Less Than Three Press on October 21st 2015
Genres: Fiction, LGBTQIA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Net Galley
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Brent shows up on Corey and Shane's doorstep in the dead of winter needing a place to stay-and hopeful his mates will provide it, and not mind he's a frog shifter. Being a shifter is nothing new to Corey and Shane, but neither is being mates. They've been together since before they first met Brent ten years ago-back when Brent was Brenda. Bringing a third into their relationships is more than a little complicated, but they're willing to try. But change is always easier said than done, and Brent wonders if he ever really stood a chance at being happy with the men he has always loved and admired.
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Penny’s Rating B+ ~ When I first hear the words: frog-shifter paranormal romance, my first thought was, I am skeptical. What? I was. I wasn’t sure in spite of the bizarre plethora of stuff that I read, (which, let’s be honest, includes a fair amount of shifter paranormal romance, mostly of the werewolf persuasion) that a three-way frog-shifter romance was going to work. I was pleasantly surprised and my skepticism proven wrong by this story. I have found that I usually enjoy Less Than Three Press publications, because their authors do bring a different perspective to their stories. They do LGBTQIA fiction, but their stories are not always your typical m/m or f/f romance. Things are not always that clear-cut, and LTTP embraces that, which is awesome.
This story instead turned out to be really cute. The frog thing works, and is actually used to explain (rather conveniently) one MC’s gender bending which occurs prior to the start of the book, and which furthers the plot of the story. These three are adorable together, and I can just picture three little frogs swimming and playing in a huge claw-foot tub.
Being a frog-shifter story, this is a new take on a fairly standard shifter trope. Two established mates meet their third partner, who doesn’t think the other two feel the same way he does, and therefore he isolates himself and makes stupid decisions, feelings are hurt, (so many feelings) and everyone’s blatant inability to communicate their feelings out loud almost ruins everything.
This stuff is like candy to me, it’s sweet and fluffy, with hot threesomes, and all the feels. If you are looking for a shifter-fix, I highly recommend giving it a read.