Okay, I'll admit I'm developing a reputation in some circles as having a bit of a shifter fetish, but today we'll twist it a bit further. I would say when the popularity of shifters began it's upswing, most were canine - usually wolves but sometimes dogs, coyotes, etc. - or felines - large cats as a rule, not house cats. But then authors started to get more creative and the rest of the creatures of the night - and day - came out of the woodwork to join the romance community. There are more and more these days which is a good thing I think. So these are some of my recommended unusual shifter reads that I've enjoyed. Hope you have some more you can add that you've enjoyed.
Two recent books that I've enjoyed in part because of the use of a light touch with unusual shifters have been:
Ermine and Bougainvillea by ID Locke which I reviewed HERE. Wynn is an ermine shifter who hooks up with a half-dryad. It's a kinky BDSM romance that I totally loved.
Another unusual critter was found in Tortoise Interruptus by JL Merrow. A very funny story about a tortoise shifter who has no control over when it happens. A great read I reviewed HERE.
While some other authors have used avian shifters in their stories such as Stephani Hecht in her Lost Shifter books where there are hawks and ravens, Duck by Kim Dare is set in a world with only avian shifters. This D/s story made me sniffly but it was really well done and was pretty faithful to bird traits I think translated into the human world. I reviewed Duck HERE.
Val, lover all all things reptilian ;-) gave us a super sexy alligator shifter in Call and Answer. I'm really happy to hear that this will be an ongoing series because I would love to read more about the guys and see how they work out that whole human/reptile love thing. :-) I reviewed this story HERE .
One book that covers nearly every base in the shifter world was the unusual western ... anthology? joint writing project? Shifting Sands. I'm not sure how to explain it by Ally Blue, JL Langley, Brenda Bryer, Kimberly Gardner, Jet Mykles, and Willa Okati. I reviewed it yesterday but it covers ALL the bases including the unusual critters of snake, rat, pig, sheep, dragon, rabbit, rooster and monkey, along with bull, tigers, horse, and dog. An interesting concept.
So any other good ones out there? I'm waiting for the giraffe shifter some author is going to write. That long tongue? Fodder for amazing sex scenes. I've still got an idea shifting around in my head for that penguin whose killer whale lover cheats on him. :-)