I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Delicate Freakn' Flower by Eve Langlais
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Published by Author on June 30, 2011
Source: my own shelves
Also by this author: Outfoxed by Love, Wolf's Capture, Croc's Return (Bitten Point, #1), Grizzly Love, Panther's Claim (Bitten Point #2), A Demon and His Witch, Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles, #1), Python's Embrace, Gator's Challenge, Becoming Dragon
First in the Freakn’ Shifters erotic paranormal romance series based in Toronto, Canada, and revolving around Naomi and her brothers. The couple focus is on Naomi, Ethan, and Javier.
I know that we’re supposed to get that Naomi ain’t delicate, but even though the premise is cute, it is incredibly shallow. Naomi comes across as such a hypocrite that it took away from the comic aspects. Of course, all the missing words and typos didn’t help.
That said, it was an interesting courtship with the violent Naomi; the caring, gentle, and romantic Ethan; and, the oversexed Javier…who isn’t cut out for monogamy.
“Picture her naked … on a synthetic fur rug, of course, anything else would just be plain wrong or possibly related to him.”
Langlais did put a fun twist on Delicate Freakn’ Flower with the two males pursuing the reluctant female:
“However, I, on the other hand, am just a Neanderthal male with a weak heart who needs to assure myself of your safety so I can sleep better tonight.”
They are not, however, pushovers, even if they do appreciate Naomi’s glass collection.
Dammit, just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a Delicate Freakn’ Flower?
Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.
When fate — with a snicker — makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf — and her body — demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass — totally hot and muscled — lacrosse players.
Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar, convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns — and her passion?
The violent Naomi, a wolf shifter who does the accounting for Bitten By Numbers Accounting, wants a calm, gentle shapeshifter. Her five older brothers include Derrick, Stu, the reasonable Chris, Kendrick, and Mitchell. Geoffrey is their dad; Meredith is their mother. Uncle Ken is a mechanic.
Francine is her best friend and interested in Mitchell. Josie is Naomi’s secretary. George is a lawyer.
Ethan is a Kodiak bear lacking the social niceties. His best friend, Javier, is a jaguar on the prowl. Both play lacrosse and hockey and were recruited from the Saskatoon Coyote Wilds to play for the Ottawa City Loup Garous.
The London Moon Shifters are a new team. Phil is a lawyer who belongs to a chess club. The heavy-handed Maurice, a boar shifter, is Ethan and Javier’s old coach from the Saskatoon Coyote Wilds. Tommy was the poor sod who breached Naomi’s maidenhead.
The Cover and Title
The cover is a pretty mint green with a naked Ethan and Javier in the background, up to their waists in swirling waters while the cocky, black-haired Naomi is facing us, wearing a black camisole? bra? with her arms crossed, and what appears to be a furry bear’s arm resting on her shoulder. Below her arms is a misty forest scene that serves as background for the pink and yellow title with the author’s name in white below the title.
The title works that hypocrisy that Naomi flaunts, for she ain’t no Delicate Freakn’ Flower…well, okay, she is the “freakn’, *grin*