Erryn reviews Single White Incubus (Supernatural Selection Book 1) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released October 20, 2018 and is 280 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released February 4, 2022, is 8hrs and 56min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the Fae out of Water series.
Does a bear shift in the woods?
Well, partially. That was what got grizzly-shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection – which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver-shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.
Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.
But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.
Supernatural Selection is a matchmaker for, well, the supernatural. E.J. Russell has written many books about these creatures – many shifters, others with special powers – and I’ve enjoyed the audios that accompany them. I especially have a soft spot for the characters from the Fae Out of Water series and am always thrilled to see Alun make appearances and I truly enjoy his husband David who always just comes up with the best solutions to supernatural crises.
This story is about a bear shifter, Ted Farnsworth, and an incubus, Quentin Bertrand-Harrington. Both men signed up for the matchmaking services for different reasons, both signed their contracts without reading them carefully and – you guessed it – they wind up married to each other. Talk about opposites attract. Ted lives up in the woods and rarely goes to town. When he does, he’s apt to get into mischief because he’s so lonely. Quentin is incubus royalty from the East Coast who will very much be missed by the matron of the family who has no tolerance for antics like running off to marry a lowly bear shifter.
The men try to get the marriage ended, but that creates a whole new set of problems, and they soon realize maybe there was a reason the matchmaking service put them together in the first place. More pressing, however, is Ted’s troubles with his previous antics, and it’s up to Quentin to save him. With the help of a few friends.
I enjoyed the story – as I have all of Ms. Russell’s books – and I can recommend this one. Rounding out the pleasure is Greg Boudreaux’s lovely narration. I can’t wait for the next two books.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.
Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B ) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.