Author: Elizabeth Lapthorne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/M
Word Count: 32,307
Reviewer Name: Luna
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In the steamy Melbourne summer nights, two men meet by chance in the Botanical Gardens.
Spencer, against his better judgment, agrees to meet a new client in the Botanical Gardens. While waiting, he bumps into Charles, who is out paintballing with some mates. Spencer agrees to have a quick bite to eat with Charles, not knowing the sequence of events that will unfold from such a simple action.
Charles is a shifter with plenty of secrets and Spencer has unwittingly brought someone else into the mix—another shifter, eager to stake his claim. Even after such a short time, Charles can’t imagine giving Spencer up. He’s willing to fight for what’s his. Spencer has also found himself falling in love with Charles, despite the secrets that surround him. Passion and danger collide and soon both men will have decisions to make. Ones with serious consequences.
Can a chance meeting blossom into something more? In Melbourne Heat by Elizabeth Lapthorne we find out. Spencer isn’t expecting to do anything other than meet a potential client at the Botanical Gardens. Meeting Charles is unexpected. Trusting him to give him what he needs, even more so. I enjoyed the courtship that Ms. Lapthorne gave us with this story. Spencer has baggage and it collides with Charles’s sexual needs. Can they find the patience and the courage to fulfill the needs of the other? I loved finding out. Charles is more than human and when he is forced to reveal what his earlier than he would like, I loved the realism of Spencer’s reaction. Ms. Lapthorne dropped the paranormal into real life in a way that made sense and added to the believability of not only the story but her characters. I understood Spencer. I understood Charles. I liked them and wanted them to find a way to be together. They were equally strong and willing to fight for their budding relationship which I thoroughly enjoyed seeing. Ms. Lapthorne gave us a story that balanced the heat with the story. The chemistry felt real and believable. The characters were developed and I connected with them and wanted them to find their happily ever after. This story was a nice quick read and well worth your time.
Four twinkling Stars