14/11/2017 um 06:00
Book Review: Gail L. Garriger, The Sumage Solution (San Andreas Shifters #1)
Blurb: Max fails everything – magic, relationships, life. So he works for DURPS (the DMV for supernatural creatures) as a sumage, cleaning up other mages’ messes. The job sucks and he’s in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves. Unfortunately, there’s something oddly appealing about the huge, muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.
Bryan AKA Biff (yeah, he knows) is gay but he’s not out. There’s a good chance Max might be reason enough to leave the closet, if he can only get the man to go on a date. Everyone knows werewolves hate mages, but Bryan is determined to prove everyone wrong, even the mage in question.
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, LGTB
The Verdict: 4/5
Gail is one of my all-time favourite authors since I discovered her Parasol Protectorate Series 8 years ago. The Sumage Solution is her first book that’s not set in the Victorian time period, but nowadays. Also, it’s the first that’s set in America. It features a rainbow of characters from all sorts of paranormal backgrounds, from Werewolves to Kitsunes to wizards. It was my first male/male romance, and besides the fact that I’m not ever going to be a friend of, well, detailed sex scenes (1) it was a glorious, hilarious and very cute love story. And it’s just that, a story about two people who have to come to terms with what/who they are and how they fell in love with each other. There’s no additional plot, so if you need more action (and less horizontal boogie) you have to read somewhere else. If you like snarky mages and growly werewolves, this is right for you. As always, Gail’s world-building is superb, the writing witty and the characters nothing but loveable.
(1) Doesn’t matter what sex, gender, race, colour, you name it the protagonists are, I don’t need detailed assembly descriptions of what goes where and how hard, long, etc… kthxbye