Molly Reviews: Softpaw by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus (Smilodon Pride Book 1)

Connor’s life used to be the dream of any cultured werecat. He spent his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. Now, a feral vampire preys on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true natures becomes a problem for both when their initial attraction becomes much more than they ever thought possible. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to take the first, critical leap…

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This story was so much fun. It was a pleasant harken back to the Golden Age of mysteries even if it wasn’t a whodunnit type. I loved the aspect of knowing who the bad guy was the whole time yet unable to solve the mystery of why he was killing and when he would strike next. Bringing the paranormal aspect to the mystery was far more fun than I expected. The way Connor held that from Michel added a fabulous dimension to the story. The tension of “Is Connor going to tell now” or “Will Michel find out here” had me not wanting to stop reading.
The romance between Connor and Michel took a backseat to the mystery and I wouldn’t have wanted the story any other way. The way these two danced around each other at first and then embarked on a relationship where both were lying about something was a blast to watch. Both Michel and Connor were struggling with holding their tongues and attempting to keep their feelings from deepening. It made for emotion filled scenes I thoroughly enjoyed. I was rooting for these two to make it from the beginning. The ending is a sweet happy for now and leaves me with solid hope they’ll make it. I would love to see these two again.
Both Connor and Michel have rich backstories that leave me wanting more details but also having enough given I’m not wondering at the bigger picture. I would love to know more about Connor’s family and what they’re up to now. Plus how Michel’s past will affect his future based on things that happened while he was undercover. I also am desperately curious on the implications of that final scene in the epilogue with ruined 150 year old floors. I had my guesses about those two characters but now I need to know more.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series and the sneak peek given at the end of this book just makes me want it more. I will eagerly be reading each book in this series as it comes out.
Four and a half stars

About The Authors:
Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.

Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of the duo.

An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.

Author Contact:
Twitter: @brackhaus

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