Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Corey’s Christmas Bundle
SERIES: Atherton Pack #5
AUTHOR: Toni Griffin
PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books
LENGTH: 73 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 6th, 2017
Book 5 in the Atherton Pack Series
Previous Book: KIERAN
Being pregnant is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you’re male and a shifter. Even though the world now knows about wolf shifters, their male’s ability to bare young is still a closely guarded secret. Since Corey’s pregnancy is now visible, he’s been stuck at home working on code and waiting for company to drop by. Problem is, though, the human government wants to know where Corey is.
As Christmas and Corey’s due date draw ever nearer, Ben devises a plan that will not only get Corey out of the house, but allows the wolves of Atherton Pack to give the community some Christmas cheer.
This is the continuation of Corey and Ethan’s story, as they welcome a baby in to their lives. In this world, male shifters are able to become pregnant. Corey and Ethan are certainly surprised to find themselves in this situation, but not disappointed! The only issue is hiding it from the humans who are now aware of shifters, but not aware that male shifters can carry a child. Corey is forced to stay in his home at the end of his pregnancy, until the perfect opportunity comes up for him to go out in disguise. As Santa Claus at the annual community Christmas event at the mall! But of course things don’t go as planned…
I have read and enjoyed all of the Atherton Pack books, and the Holland Brothers books by Toni Griffin, and this is a sweet addition to the world she has created. I love these characters, I love this world, I loved seeing the men we have met it previous books, and I loved seeing what happens to Corey and Ethan. They had a rough beginning and I’m happy to see they are happy. This is sweet and fluffy Christmas fun, lots of time spent with the pack hanging out, some goofy fun in costumes at the mall, a little sex, and a fun ending. Yes, it has m-preg, which is not to everyone’s taste, and there is very little said about the mechanics of how a male carries a baby, but it somehow just works in this world.
If you have read the other books in this series, you have to read this one, it was very enjoyable! I will say it doesn’t have the drama and action some of the other books have, but again, it’s a Christmas short, so it doesn’t really need a big plot. If you haven’t read them, you could read this one on its own, but I’m not sure it would make much sense, these characters are all well described in previous books, so they aren’t in this one. I’d recommend reading the whole series, and the Holland Brothers books as well, they are all wonderful!