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REVIEW: Unnatural Allies, by Edward Kendrick

Unnatural Allies, by Edward Kendrick

Title: Unnatural Allies

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay, MM

Publisher: Self

Pages: 102 Pages

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. Therefore, Andre has no regrets about killing Raúl, the Alpha of the Wintermane pack, who plans to attack the Crimson Cathedral nightclub, revealing the presence of vampires to the human world.

When Sand learns of his brother’s murder, he debates seeking revenge because he hates Raúl, who backed their father when he forced Sand out of the pack for being gay. Then, he discovers that Estebe, the new Alpha, plans to continue Raúl’s mission.

Things come to a head when Sand, a bodyguard, escorts a client’s daughter to the nightclub and the club’s owner tells Andre to find out why Sand is there. Despite their differences, instant lust drives Andre into Sand’s bed-but not before they agree to work together to stop Estebe.

Can they successfully end Estebe’s existence — and survive? And, will their relationship stand a chance as lust turns to an attraction that defies the belief that they are supposed to be mortal enemies?

The Review

Sands is an outcast of the Wintermaine pack.  He refuses to deny that he’s gay just for the packs sake.  He want’s and has a normal life and works in the human world as a bodyguard.  He want’s no part of the pack but when his devious brother Raul is murdered he strikes out on his own to find out what happened.

Andre is an enforcer for Thorin, King of their territory and the vampire who sired him. Thorin is a laid back type of vampire for being King and sent Andre off on a vacation that didn’t suit him.  Andre returns back at work at the Crimson Cathedral when Sands has entered the club on a bodyguard job. 

When Andre and Sands meet there’s a definite friction between them.  They agree to meet again and figure out what to do about Raul’s devious scheme to expose vampires to humans.  With a new pack leader, the evil Estebe, Sands agrees to help Andre and Thorin end the scheme that could end tragically for them all.

Now, there is a lot more going on in the plot but I don’t want to give the entire story away and Kendrick tells it much better.  It’s an easy read and doesn’t tax the brain too much, so it can be a fun read.  But there’s action, suspense, steamy moments, teleporting, mind speak, evil and likable characters too.

I always look at Edward Kendrick stories a little differently.  Of course, there’s those stories where vampires and werewolves are supposed to be archenemies but somehow he takes a vampire and werewolf and makes it about opposites finding a way to exist and get along. 

Even in Andre and Sands’ supernatural worlds they still have to deal with hate, bigotry and a like/love connection that may not survive.  I also liked what Kendrick does with Thorin, being King isn’t easy but he’s willing to give Andre his freedom, to do as he wishes and he makes a new friend in Sands.

Edward Kendrick has written quite a few stories and all are entertaining and send a message in their own way and I’m looking forward to the next creative tale!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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