Winter and His Twins is the second book in Cooper McKenzie's Welcome to Sanctuary series. I am fond of the theme of finding a place to live where everyone is accepted which continues on again in this book. After reading the first book, I thought the series had the chance to go somewhere. But it just didn't for me.
The premise is simple enough: just like his sister before him, Winter meets his Irish Wolfhound mates. Like most shifters, they mate for life but the difference here is that they mate in triads and the reader gets two sexy heroes. Though Winter’s mates are identical twins, they each have unique personalities which adds interest to the story but too little character development left much to question. A bit flat, readers will be hanging on to know more about the characters.
The mates meet when brothers Garrett and Hawk come to Winter’s rescue after he’s beaten up by an ex-boyfriend. Immediately the sexual attraction is jumping off the pages and Winter doesn’t blink twice when he learns of their heritage. Both men are loving and caring with Winter (even the sex scenes are quite romantic for a shifter erotica), who also happens to be their favorite gay erotic romance author, but readers are never given more than the fated mates rationale which leaves the love story hollow.
The story is fluid and quick-paced but it just didn’t feel real with an awkward relationship and a disappointing climax. A whole lot more character development would have made for a better story. But overall, readers will still like what they know about the characters.
RATING: 3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and is also posted at: http://glbt.theromancereviews.