"The Shape of Honey was an exploration for me. I’m a very character focused writer, and I wanted to take this werewolf, Rolly Witten, who didn’t fit in at all in his pack (for various reasons) and see what he would do out in the world. I wanted to watch him become a better person, grow up, and find his footing. Rolly frequently surprised me as I was writing. The pack has different values than general society, predicated more on keeping their secrets than on “being upstanding citizens”, so he got a lot of leeway even inside the back before he finally broke enough rules to get kicked out.
"Yulian was there when it happened.
"Rolly was not expecting to ever actually be booted.
"I always find myself falling a little in love with one of my characters when I’m writing (as an author, just like a parent, that’s sometimes a no-no because then they get preferential treatment and that’s not good for the story). I thought it was Rolly I fell in love with, but when all is said and done it’s Rolly’s other half Yulian that I loved more. I liked writing Yulian because he’s a character “out of time”. My werewolves can live forever, basically, barring accidents, fighting, and what not. He’s 92 and he grew up in a completely different era than Rolly with different mores and values guiding him. The differences between these two characters are where the relationship growth came from. They both stretched and changed a little to meet in the middle, and that’s just what I wanted. I don’t like do nothing characters, so I wanted something more to be going on with these two than the typical “meet and fall in lust”.
"This book is a slooooow burn. At 350 pages it is also on the longer end of the m/m romance novel spectrum.
Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.
Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.
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Ki Brightly is an author of short and lengthy erotic and romantic (and sometimes both) fiction.
Ki’s hobbies include painting, cooking, eating, and exercising (because of the cooking and eating). Ki is also an established beach bum during the late spring and summer months, which tends to cut into writing time. Occasionally, breaks are taken from the writing process to go to a day job and have snuggles with the husband and kiddos.Endlessly curious, Ki enjoys reading a variety of books in every genre imaginable, but has been devouring urban fantasy and science fiction of late.
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