Review: Whiskers of a Chance by Tempeste O’Riley

Jason Grant runs his own IT business from home, owns his own home, and has the best friend he could imagine. What he doesn’t have, or believe he will ever have, is love. When Jason catches a glimpse of his new neighbor on moving day, his libido ignites and his fascination in piqued. He even manages to concoct an excuse to go over and meet the man who makes him hope and want for more than he has in years.

Keith Skyler is a shifter in a world where his kind is known to only a few, but they don’t often mix and they never mate. Keith has been hoping for a mate since before he can remember, but gay lynx don’t have true mates. As far as he knows, they don’t have mates at all. However, while moving his little family across Seattle—and away from their tribe—his reality tips and spins more than he thought possible.

When these two men meet over a dish of five-cheese broccoli-noodle casserole, sparks fly. Who knew a welcome to the neighborhood gift could give both of them their chance at love?

I enjoyed this book so much. Part of the story was a little stereotypical. Homophobic Alpha doesn’t want his heir to be gay and has some choices on who the mate should be Fate chooses otherwise and he can be with the guy of his dreams, dad responds accordingly when he finds out his son is gay but there’s a wonderful HEA despite dad. However, the rest of the story was anything but stereotypical and made the story so much better than other shifter stories I’ve read recently. Keith and Jason have so many obstacles to their mating, you kind of wonder along the way if they’re going to make it and complete their bond. But holy moly the lore! I loved how complete and immersive it was. Tempeste created an amazing world for these paranormal species. I got lost in the story and wondering how all the pieces wove together. The story ends with a beautiful happy ending by way of an epilogue showing five years in the future. You can see how happy Keith and Jason are together and that they can overcome anything life throws their way. Despite that, I desperate need a sequel. I want to see the other characters get their own stories and this world continued.
Four and a half

About Tempeste:
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, they has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves.

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