It’s strange, giving that this is a paranormal novella, but the feeling of it was really more “homemade”, like a small-town story; and indeed it’s not unlikely since the set is Fairbanks, Alaska, that, even if it’s one of the biggest cities in Alaska, I don’t think it’s exactly a metropolis.
Danny was born and bred in Fairbanks and he left only for a short period during college; while away he “experimented” his gay nature, and he is not repentant, only maybe a little scared by the possible rejection from his family and friends now that he is back home. Moreover, his family is having financial issues and he doesn’t want to bother them with his own trouble.
Brandon and Justin are Danny’s high school-mates; while Danny was in the closet during high school, they were a couple, and probably Danny envied them. Now Danny is planning to start an aerial hunting business, but more to help his brother who is jobless, and Brandon and Justin cannot allow it: they are shapeshifters, and Justin has already lost his father to a hunter. They decide to blackmail Danny, they know he is gay, more thanks to their gayradar than consistent proofs, and so they need something more: kidnapping Danny and having wild sex with him, while gathering all the needed proofs, that is the plan.
Now, first of all, it seems to me that more than a sacrifice for an higher scope, Brandon and above all Justin are realizing one of their high-school fantasies; second, Danny is not really an unwilling captive, on the contrary he is more than willing to provide all the “proofs” they need. Actually Danny was like a castaway in a desert island without food and drink, and Brandon and Justin are like a banquette.
The higher purpose of Brandon and Justin is soon forgotten, and all three men are enjoying what could be easily turn into a perfect threesome; Brandon and Justin adopt the pack philosophy, sharing is better, and while they would have no problem to share Danny between them, maybe Danny has other plan. As in other similar stories, I think that in the end, the original couple will remain the same and that the temporary addition will find his own path, maybe remaining in good relationship, but he is not a permanent thing.
Amazon Kindle: Taken By the Pack (Phases)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (January 21, 2011)
Amazon: Phases: Volume One (Volume 1)
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2011)