Title: Marking Property
Author: Jamie Lowe
Length: 3,300 words (13 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m paranormal
Possessive werewolf Zevi Sahar is worried that his human mate, Conner, is cheating on him with the pack alpha. His fears reach a peak when Zevi confronts Conner about his supposed affair and decides to use sex to show his dominance and remind Conner just which werewolf he belongs to.
This paranormal starts by leaping right into Zevi and Connor’s relationship. Zevi is the beta of their pack and Connor is his human mate. Zevi is possessive to say the least, and while he trusts his alpha as a leader, is becoming more and more certain that the alpha is trying to lure his mate away and stake his claim. Despite Connor’s denial, he can’t get past it and when the alpha calls Connor away and he refuses to tell Zevi why, he works himself up into a fine fit, eventually wringing the truth out of Connor.
I felt a bit as if I’d been dropped into a world that existed somewhere and was a bit disoriented, but I couldn’t find anything with these two characters on-line. I was curious how they met and wanted to know more about their society as only glimpses were given. Zevi is the classic alpha to the Max. He’s big, strong, jealous and prone to paranoia about his mate. I was quite impressed with how calmly Connor dealt with it all. He didn’t get overly put-out about Zevi’s accusation of infidelity, he just stated why he wasn’t cheating. I was left wondering if Connor had always been so accepting of Zevi’s behaviour, or if he had to adjust to his, what I considered, over the top behaviour.
If you like your sex growly and aggressive and on the dominant side, this is a good choice. It’s well written and seeing Zevi’s paranoia about what Connor is doing, why his alpha is calling on him and keeping it a secret from Zevi is interesting to watch, even if you want to slap him upside the head and tell him to get a grip. There appears to be a set-up with the alpha finding a love interest and I’d be interested to see this develop into a more complete story with an explanation of the werewolf society and more background.