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Friday, October 22, 2010

Madison Murphy, Wisconsin Weirdo by Jessica Gleason

Madison Murphy, Wisconsin Weirdo by Jessica Gleason
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (81 pgs)
Heat level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Meet Madison Murphy, a curvaceous Wisconsin girl with a love for cheese, football and hibernating during the frigid winters. She was a beer swilling Packer fan until the day she gave into the nagging of her friends, went on a blind date with an unattractive bald man, got a little tipsy, got bitten by said blind date and started coughing up hairballs. Throw in a nosy neighbor and a sexy stranger and you’ve got the making of a wonderful foray into Wisconsin’s paranormal subculture--complete with were lions, tigers and bears and maybe a chihuahua or two.

Blind dates can be a real pain sometimes. Just ask Madison Murphy. One date with Harold the tax attorney, set up by her friend Sarah, and Madison went from overweight single girl with attitude and low self esteem, to a rare Siberian tiger shifter, coughing up hairballs whenever she gets upset. Which is often.

Enter Maxwell, who wants to help her adjust to her new life, if he can just keep her from being grabbed by the bad guys. Seems she is so rare, and so powerful, everyone wants her; some want her for her power, and some just want her dead. Can Max keep her safe and beat the bad guys? Can he convince Madison that he doesn’t find her unattractive, but wants her just as she is?

This is a very entertaining story. I love the theory that Ms. Gleason has about her shifters, that we all carry some animal gene inside, and if it becomes active, you will become a shifter. The bite just activates the gene, so you don’t become the same species as your biter. For example, Harold is a dog, but Madison becomes the rare white Siberian tiger after he bites her.

I love Madison for her sassy mouth and her attitude. She has a self-deprecating sense of humor, and can’t believe Max when he comes on to her. And Max is marvelous, a lion shifter, and very handsome and sexy. The trials and tribulations they go through at the hands of the evil lion shifter, Arthur Mainfield, make the happy ever after all the more sweet.

And the humor in this is sometimes just over the top enough to make you laugh until you cry. Even the secondary characters are fun, and I love what happens to perky and nosy friend Sarah when Arthur injects her with the virus to try and get Madison to cooperate in his schemes. That was a real surprising twist.

I recommend this one for those who want a fun reading experience, and like a little laughter and novelty with their shifters.