Title: A Wish Too Far (Lars & Rael #3)
Author: JL Merrow
Length: 20,500 words
Genre: m/m Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Romance to Sex Ratio
Keywords/Tags: Series, Short Story, HEA, Demons, Witches, Magic, Feminine MC, Diverse, Sexy Tails!, Cops, Food, Awesome Female Characters, X-Dressing
Rating: Me Like
Male succubus Rael and his lawman lover Lars from A Blast from the Past are back!
There’s a new drug on the streets called Wishes, little pink pills that bring you your heart’s desire – but in a way that’ll rival your worst nightmares. Lars Thornsson and Chelle Rochelle of the Paranormal Enforcement Agency aren’t pleased to be ordered to work on the case with two of their most hated colleagues.
Arriving home one night to find Rael’s been summoning another demon, a jealous Lars is even less happy. But Rael thinks he knows who’s supplying the drugs, and he’s determined to get to his old friend Shax before the law can.
I have had so much fun reviewing the first two stories of this series. I reviewed them at BER and was a bit sad when this was over the word limit there. So, I waited until I had a blog of my own to review it and I almost didn’t want to read it because I love these guys so much — they’re SO much fun — and I didn’t want to read the last story in their adventures.
Lars Thornsson, a half-valkyrie detective with the Paranormal Enforcement Agency first met Rael, a very rare and unique male succubus in A Calling for Pleasure. Lars and his partner in the agency, the irascible Chelle Rochelle, were looking for a nasty succubus that sucked the life out of a man and ran across Rael when his charm, sex appeal and hilarious fem personality made Lars fall for him. They came back in their second adventure, A Blast from the Past, both now trying to make a home together while Rael gets used to living topside and dealing with some very hot situations and a reemerging ex lover. Now, in this third and final story, Lars and Rochelle are dealing with a very nasty drug on the streets called Wishes, that grants the users wishes in ways they absolutely don’t benefit, already leaving one man dead. When it looks like Rael may know who is cooking up the drug and it is an old friend, his loyalties are split between his lover and not wanting his old friend Shaz to get into trouble — which of course, is how Rael gets in trouble himself.
I love these shorts by Merrow. Rael is such a breath of fresh air. He’s so open and honest and genuine but with so much charm. Still, he’s a bit devilish, which goes perfectly with Lars, who is sweet and seemingly optimistic and gentle. Rochelle is back again, being funnier than ever. I swear she’s my favorite character of all, and even if I might not read it if she got a story all her own, she certainly deserves one! Rochelle makes me laugh so much throughout these stories, here’ a bit from this one (she’s got a bit of ability herself):
“Uh, C?” Lars frowned. “You wouldn’t have any, uh, personal experience of handing out that kind of vengeance, would you?”
Rochelle flashed him her most insincere smile. “Who, me? You wouldn’t catch me, say, telling a cheatin’ boyfriend I’d hit him with an impotence curse that’d kick in any time he tried sticking his dick where it didn’t belong, then watching him torture himself with good old-fashioned performance anxiety…” She coughed.
I really can’t recommend these stories enough. There’s not much to dissect and talk about, they really are just pure candy to me, the good kind. There is fluff, but then there are stories that go down like sweet mint ice water on a hot day. They don’t need critique, you just want to keep them around to enjoy them when you need them. These stories are like that for me. They take the same amount of wit and intelligence that JL Merrow writes in her longer novels but are written purely for fun and laughs. It really is a shame there aren’t more of them. But I’m sure I’ll read these again anyhow!