“The Scorpion and His Prey” by Charlie Richards details the challenges that dominant empire scorpion shifter Acheron deals with as he convinces his newly discovered mate, Rusty, a serval cat shifter that they are meant to be together.
This m/m adult paranormal story is part of the ‘Kontra’s Menagerie’ series that is aptly named, since the pairings tend to be between a plethora of animal shifters. Although short, there is a lot of action packed into the tale because in addition to the mating pull, continued danger from human traffickers looms.
I enjoyed the multiple twists, including the premise that the pack is a biker gang, as well as the fact that Rusty’s brother is physically challenged and a human. I haven’t read a story with a scorpion shifter before and I liked that Acheron is small but deadly. I had no trouble reading this as a stand-alone story, but given that there is also a peacock shifter, a pygmy-hippo shifter, and they’re led by a grizzly bear shifter, I’m definitely curious about the other stories and what twists the author has come up with. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories by this imaginative author!
Rusty Peruke works as a mechanic and is close with his family. His wheelchair bound brother, Korvyn, lives with him, and he sends extra cash home to his parents on a regular basis. When he meets Acheron while the man is at the shop buying a set of fast wheels, Rusty is both excited and concerned—and it’s not because he’s never been with a guy. Acheron is a loner scorpion shifter who hasn’t stayed in one place since he left his family home over eight decades before. Rusty has no intention of running out on his family. To him, their needs come first. Can two polar opposites find enough common ground to build a future? Or will assumptions and miscommunications create a wall between them that’s impossible to scale?