It’s fun since, even if this is a gay romance, it’s about prejudices: oh, Ray has no problem at all with the fact that both Cal than him are guys, his problem is with the fact that Cal is a fairy and fairies are flimsy. They are not capable of long-term commitment, always flying from flower to flower (this is a metaphor, Cal is not actually little enough to do that…) and instead werewolves mate for life.
All the story is centered around Ray and Cal, on how Cal is always finding a new way to make Ray going crazy, and how Ray is self-punishing himself denying his wolf the proximity of his mate. I liked the concept of prejudices that are not linked to the gender of the people involved in the relationship, but I think I found another metaphor here: Ray has prejudices towards Cal, he doesn’t think Cal will be able to commit to an exclusive relationship, Cal is a “fairy”… can you see where I’m leading?
Take off the supernatural nature of both men, make Ray a simple cop and Cal a simple man, do not Ray’s prejudices resemble that of a straight guy towards a gay guy? I pretty much of the idea that is what the author was pointing too, but she wanted to make it lighter, less dark, and making the two men a real fairy and a werewolf allowed her more freedom, but also gave to the story a lighter tone.
Amazon Kindle: Some Kind of Magic
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 3, 2011)
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Cover Art by Paul Richmond