Frances Reviews: A Sliver of Sunset by Devon Rhodes

From one-night stand to nurse and patient—is it crazy to expect more?

Angelo has somehow developed leukemia—the only paranormal ever known to do so—and the doctors are mystified as to the cause. The cure requires him to repress his shifter side with a chemical inhibitor and be entirely human while he goes through chemotherapy, which contributes to some interesting situations he never would have foreseen—things like ‘misplacing’ his favorite bar, Unconventional, and getting picked up by a human without realizing it’s his mate.

Dominic can’t believe his luck when bravely striking up a conversation with the hottest guy he’s ever seen leads to the best sex he’s ever had. When he wakes up—no surprise—Angelo is gone. A week later, he’s shocked when he walks in to meet a new oncology patient to find Angelo fighting for his life and dependent upon his care.

Will their timing ever improve, or will Angelo’s time run out before they get a chance?

A Sliver of Sunset by Devon Rhodes is what I consider a really well done short story. In general, I struggle with short stories because often the relationship is rushed and the story ends too quickly. I’ll admit they do offer a perfect option when I want to read something after work and not stay up all night. What I enjoyed the most about this story was it felt complete to me. Angelo is an ocean shifter who has managed to contract leukemia. Normally immune from human diseases, Angelo is the first of the shifter world to become sick and he has to undergo chemo treatments. Before his treatment starts, he meets Dominic, but after one glorious night he leaves with just a note behind knowing he’ll be sick for a while. Little does he know Dominic is a nurse in the same hospital.   So what made this story great in my opinion? First, I loved both Angelo and Dominic…both sexy, loving and caring. Second, just enough sex to make it work without it turning into just erotica. Third, it was written so I could visualize the ocean, town, and their homes. I love when I can see in my head what is being described. Finally, while it was a shorter story, I got to know the characters, the timing of their relationship worked and when it ended I felt like there was a HEA. I’d still love to read more about Angelo and Dominic because their relationship is just starting, but the story worked really well.
Four and a half

About Devon:
Devon started reading and writing at an early age and never looked back. At 39 and holding, Devon finally figured out the best way to channel her midlife crisis was to morph from mild-mannered stay-at-home mom to erotic romance writer. She lives in Oregon with her family, who are (mostly) understanding of all the time she spends on her laptop, aka the black hole.

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