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?
Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously released as part of the Unconventional in San Diego anthology by Pride Publishing.
This was a really sweet short story. I liked Angelo and Dominic together. They had such strong feelings for each other so quickly I couldn’t help but root for them right from the beginning. I would have liked to see more of their relationship building on page. However the parts we do get to see paint a wonderful picture of their feelings for each other.
Angelo makes my heart hurt in this story. He is so strong to overcome his illness. He is someone that is clearly vibrant and full of life any other time. You can feel that even if we don’t see it on page since he’s already sick when the story starts. I do have to laugh a bit at his cluelessness. Dominic is so sweet and you can tell he makes a wonderful nurse. His heart is constantly in the right place and he has the welfare of those around him at the forefront of his mind.
My only real issue with the story is the aborted story line about how Angel gets leukemia. There’s just enough there to make you want to know the answer to that question. But not enough to leave you with the understanding it either isn’t important or they’ll find the answer and handle any issues that arise from it. It’s kind of a small issue but when dealing with a short story every word and plot thread matters more.
The ending is so perfect for these two. You can tell once Angel is completely cancer free they’ll live a blissfully happy life together and love each other deeply no matter what gets thrown in their path.
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.