Lon Ewing snowboarded in and turned economist Corey Levigne’s life upside down, introducing him to a world he didn’t know existed. Corey’s still adjusting to a boyfriend who shifts into an otter and raids the koi pond—and now Lon says Corey’s department chair is a werewolf?
Wolves at the university, wolves in the bank—across Lon’s desk sits Professor Melvin Vadas and his hench-wolves, demanding a construction loan for the pack’s new lodge in the mountains. There’s just one little problem: the proposed building site is home to a breeding population of rare fish.
What do wolves care for stupid human rules, an otter who’d barely make a good snack, or one pesky human determined to protect the environment? Once they’re snout to snout with Corey and Lon, there’s more than silverscale dace on the Endangered Species List.
Includes Tail Slide, the short story that launched Otter Chaos.
Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.
It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?
Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.
The first story: Tail Slide is the true “romance”. This is where Lon meets Corey and they fall in love. It’s amazing!
When Lon is “in his fur” he thinks just like an otter and it’s hysterical! He can somewhat reach his human side but he has a hard time of it. Unlike other shifter lore he MUST be in his fur for several hours a day or else he shifts spontaneously. He is truly half an animal and must honor that.
Corey is all human and has to adjust to this amazing development of finding an otter where his boyfriend once was.
The two have to find a way to adjust their expectations about what a partner means including “fishy kisses”!
The second story, the much longer one, starts with Corey and Lon already living together. The bulk of this story is the mystery outlined in the blurb. There is some relationship building between the two MCs and that’s a nice touch.
Instead of having the love story start with ILY, that’s almost ignored in favor of the day to day compromises the two must make for one another.
This is not to say this isn’t sweet, sentimental or romantic – just more pragmatic than most romances.
I love how detail oriented PD Singer is in her works. She’s done a lot of research and adds so many details to make this a very rich and dense story. There’s a lot of “boarding” terminology as well as lots of otter biology and some fish stuff too. Fascinating!
I am super psyched because my little itty bitty home town is included in this story , Idaho Springs, so there’s that!
Anyhow – I really enjoyed this and hope to see more like it in the future.
4 of 5 stars
Copy provided by author for honest review
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