Book one: I’m not new to Marie Long novels but I can attest to her growth as a writer in Pinstriped.
Pinstriped was a bit different from what I’ve grown used to from Marie—which is normally contemporary romances.
A paranormal romance was a nice deviation from her norm and was a well-written sexy thrill of a tale.
Diesel and Carina were an unlikely pair, one a shape-shifting tiger—the other a plus-sized beauty. It was unlikely but perfectly fitting. I rather enjoyed watching their romance blossom.
There’s a lot of sex and pent-up tension but it’s also very prominent and romantically demanding. It also has a touch of humor. It’s a well-rounded read that’s worth digging into.
Everything is riding on Gauge’s ability to bring the honor back to his family. Diesel and Axle have all but given up on maintaining the bloodline—Diesel by way of ignoring it, and Axle by way of destroying it. He’s the current pack leader and he’s doing everything in his power, even if unintentional to ruin the reputation of their tiger clan.
Gauge has been walking around with his tail literally between his legs after having failed at getting his family back in order, but he’s more determined than ever to rectify that, starting with getting a mate.
Aniyah is a plus-sized pastry chef tired of looking for a man until Gerri and her good ‘ol matching services set up her up with Gauge.
What ensues is sex, romance, and a good knock out fight of power.
Like I mentioned this book is no different than the first one. There is sex, instant love and shape-shifters.
It’s an interesting take on the paranormal normal, giving it a realistic and modern flair with the matchmaking service—taking the diversity a step further by making the female mc plus-sized.
As a series, it’s fun. It does what it sets out to do. I still smart at the presence of insta-love and this book, the series is very insta-lovey, but I can’t expect much from such short novels. I wanted more but it entertained me well enough.
Long does a decent job of doing all of what I mentioned and for those of you who enjoy a quick read, that gives just a little bit of everything romance and contemporaries normally contain this series is perfect for you. Just expect some lions and tigers and bears, oh my!