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Omarati Paperback – September 15, 2011
About the Author
A Southern transplant who has retained none of his accent but all of his charm, DC Juris is an out and proud bisexual transgender man who moved to New York State in 2001 for a real-life romance. By day he is a mild-mannered office manager, by night a passionate writer of all types of romance. He lives in Upstate New York with his husband, three dogs, two cats, and a menagerie of Halloween props just creepy enough to keep people guessing about his sanity. Which is just the way he likes it. Still hopelessly single when it comes to the woman in his life, DC will gladly entertain offers, or applications for the position. In the rare event that he's not writing, DC can be found surfing the internet for random research, killing things on his Xbox, reading, taking pictures of the world around him, or playing Farmville, to which he admits a blissful addiction.
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Calliph is a slave and because of this he is unable to have the three things he wants the most.... Freedom to live his life, freedom to shift into his wolf form, and freedom to be with Mateo. Even though he truly wants to be with the love of his life each time something happens that allows him the opportunity to find his love, something else interferes and stops him from doing just that. Calliph is such a strong individual because even with his heart wanting one thing he sacrificed his own wants, needs, and heart desire to help another. It takes a strong person to do that.
Mateo also sacrificed his hearts desire for what calliph needed to do because he loves him so much. In the length of time they was apart Mateo showed just how strong and how strong his love for Calliph truely was by making it through the to rude he indured at the Pirates hands and he fought his way back to his soul mate.
This is a book that shows that yes we may be fated to someone but when fate is in the picture, it also has to be the right time for it to work. These two men was dated to one another but when they first met it was not their time, but when it was, it was what they both needed.
Was given this book for free by inked rainbow reads for an honest review
In a fantasy world, most shifters are slaves to humans; they lost a war, centuries years ago, and the prize to the winner was for most of the warrior to become pets. Those pets are usually cherished, and so it has been for most of Calliph's captivity; Calliph, a former general, is the pet of a noble family and for generations he has been treated with respect. But now he was given to Obyn, a spoiled brat of a prince, and Obyn uses Calliph as a sex toy. Calliph doesn't care for Obyn, even less when he meets Mateo, his Omarati, his soul mate. But Mateo is a freeman (well he is a panther shifter AND a freeman), while instead Calliph is bounded to life to Obyn's family, from father to son and so on, forever and ever.
I did like the character of Calliph, even if mistreated by Obyn, I didn't find in him hate or rebellion; maybe this is a point the author should have developed a little more, what Calliph did during the war to make him like he is now? It's clear something happened, probably something bloody, that makes Calliph regrets his own actions and searching atonement to them into captivity. Even if he needs Mateo like a thirsty man with water, he cannot pursue him since he has, he wants to maintain his bond to Obyn.
Mateo is a simpler character, he is forced in a half-shifted form by some enchantment he cannot undo, but aside for some shame, he has a good life; that will not be forever, but at least he has found his mate, and everything will be bearable after that. Mateo is the submissive partner in the relationship, and that is a nice contrast, being Calliph and slave and all. It's like Mateo is the key to unleash Calliph's real self, or actually, like a test Calliph has to take.
Even if Obyn was not intended as a positive character, I liked him. Oddily, I think I liked him probably even more than Mateo, so much that I was almost hoping for this to become a ménages a trois. I'm not sure this was the author's purpose, but he managed to make Obyn sympatethic.
Each character was expertly crafted with Calliph being the most awesome one of all. Even as Obyn's slave he was strong, dignified and loyal. Along with Calliph's fortitude, he also had a soft, romantic side. It took my breath away when he first called his soul mate Mateo 'kitten'; it was a perfect endearment for his beloved panther. I fell in love with Mateo's grace and capacity for loving. He and Calliph were a solid match.
Prince Obyn started out as a evil villian--demanding, cruel, possessive and despicable; but it was later revealed that "Obyn hadn't been a monster after all, but a frustrated man, unfulfilled, taking his anger out on everyone around him." Calliph responded to this knowledge with great empathetically and accommodation. Obyn was pathetic, but it wasn't enough for me to forgive him.
The sexual content of the book was intense and graphic and was presented in a way that helped me understand why someone would need to be dominated. On the other hand, the love making between Calliph and Mateo is sublime. D.C. Juris expertly captured Calliph and Mateo's feral spirit while maintaining intimacy and tenderness for their human one. I was able to feel their wild natures whether in or out of their feral bodies.
Needless to say, I loved this book and believe that anyone who enjoys romantic fantasy will too. I would love an opportunity to read more about Calliph and Mateo in a sequel."