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Spells and Bananas

(Midnight Matings #9)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 ratings  ·  51 reviews
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, witches, public exhibition, bondage, sex toys] Kirby Saxon, a fun-loving spider monkey shifter, finds himself being rescued by a large, muscled man with kind eyes from an overzealous woman. He decides to mate now and learn about each other later…including that male witches can get p ...more
Kindle Edition, 117 pages
Published 2011
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Aղցela W.
Spoiler Ahead Read At Your Own Risk This was a really good book and one of my favorites in this series. At the Great Gathering held by the UPAC. When Kirby Saxon a fun-loving spider monkey shifter is hit on by a woman who isn't taking no for an answer Amery Goddard a witch comes to his rescue they decide to mate now learn about each other later. This was a good book and had some funny scenes in it after they have mating sex Kirby learns that male witches and get pregnant and faints. This was a real ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I don't know what to say but this book was crazy. like all over the place crazy. I laughed at the whole book. It had some funny and disgusting jokes (mostly about monkey shit) but most of my laughing was at the absurdity of the book. Roll my eyes funny

My favorite was how time seemed to work differently for these guys. Like 6 hours after meeting they were mated, in love, and knocked up and moving in together. I was thinking wow they move fast but later in the book when they are celebrating their
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Serena Yates
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This book gets a lot of points from me just for being very funny. I mean, a spider monkey shifter and a witch? A pairing that just asks for trouble. Then add the element of male pregnancy - as always a huge surprise to anyone other than the male carrier himself - and you're ready for some real adventure.

What bugged me a little was the slightly overdone sentimentality of both main characters, but that was a personal issue. On the whole, the storyline was well paced, fun and had a few
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
1.5 stars

From the blurb, I had no idea if I'd read this or not. It sounded familiar as I skimmed it but then something didn't quite fit. But I can imagine myself abandoning it at this line:
"Fuck off, cunt,” I snarled, turning only my head to face her. And then she bitch slapped me. I shook it off and narrowed my eyes. “I don’t have a problem hitting women."

More on the misogyny, in spoiler tags since it's kind of a rant--okay, no kinda about it:
/>"Fuck
(view spoiler)

But I'm reading the series and I always read in order, and I've already skipped the menage book so I'm trying to avoid skipping anymore. At least for once the story is directly addressing the fact that this forced bonding is rape because the people are drugged and unable to give consent, highly illegal, definitely immoral, etc. All the other books have people whining that it wasn't fair, but this addressed the issue head on. Then they weren't afraid to talk back and even give the elders hemorrhoids. All this despite the fact that they were happy with their mating. Kudos for that. But then, instead of reporting them to the human authorities as threatened, the pair decided to blow it off as a "prank" with the hemorrhoids supposedly getting even and later:
All the Elders of UPAC deserve a round of applause, but especially Elder Rice for getting the ball rolling and his constant advice.
Seriously?? All is forgiven? These men are forced to have sex once every 24 hours with a mate they had 24 hours to choose or they're going to die.

This one was in first person, which I believe is a first for the series, at least not usual. I like first person better. It was cool that the big guy preferred to bottom. The little guy also acknowledged when he was being a little immature at one point and he talked about how he felt right away rather than expecting his mate to just figure it out. But they both got angsty and hurt over the dumbest things like one of them saying something along the lines of how them bonding so quickly was crazy. The other guy assumed the first guy was calling him crazy. Geez.

It's good for pregnant women people to get exercise and work their bodies like normal. Being coddled, sitting down all the time, especially in the beginning, is actually bad, will contribute to water retention and too much weight gain and possibly gestational diabetes and isn't good for the baby at all. Exercise is critical and having the mate say it isn't is asinine. (And I am someone who never exercise, so it's not like I have an obsession or anything.)

The real conflicts were over so fast it was ridiculous and everything worked out perfectly and everyone were heroes except the very evil villains. This line was rather funny when referring to the main villain:
The idiot went right back home after I escaped. Really, the guy needed to read some mysteries or watch some TV. He was the worst criminal ever! He so failed Evil Villain 101.
It was nice that twice it was mentioned that there were ways that gay couples could get children without being pregnant, which is a refreshing change from how often in these books a man laments not being able to ever have kids because he's gay. Kids usually come from heterosexual relationships or parents who have died. It's so rare for a baby in a gay relationship in M/M to be intentional.

Of course the narrating MC was perfect, and wonderful and came up with brilliant ideas and was a take-charge solve it in an hour sort of guy who donated tons of money and started programs, etc., etc. I need an occasionally fallible hero.

I guess I should have skipped this after all.
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Zee♥
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really enjoying these Midnight Matings stories. This mating of a witch and spider monkey was a fun light hearted read. Amery, a witch who’s thousands of years old was such sweet character but I couldn’t understand how someone so old could still be so naïve. I would have liked to have seen Amery stand up for himself, I mean he’s supposed to be a powerful witch and he let mere humans push him around. I liked Kirby’s forceful personality and how he dealt with Amery’s insecurities. He was also a ...more
Shannon
This one was barely a 3 star read for me. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the others I've read in the series. The writing style wasn't nearly as engaging. That said, it didn't suck. Kirby was a cute little spider monkey and his mate Amery was a big ole witch with serious self esteem issues. That part did get a little annoying. We had us some MPreg, which I love, and lots of sex and shifters and trouble and typical stuff for this series.
Christy
This installment in the Midnight Matings series was a whole lot of fun. Not necessarily the funny HA-HA kind, more the funny you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me way. I mean what woman doesn't like reading about a man being pregnant? That's the greatest funny ever! Kirby and Amery were really good together and it was nice to see Amery finally being treated the way he deserved after all those millennia. An enjoyable read!
Mona
My Rating System
3 stars - Good book. I enjoyed it.
4 stars – Struck a chord, made me think or question
5 stars – Something about it haunted or stayed with me long after I finished it. Unforgettable.
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While the story was interesting for the most part, but the characters were a bit cliche. Except for the part about the pregnant male witch. That was entertaining. :)
Sanet
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Extra star for being funny as shit... and I do say shit... because there was the tossing of shit :)

really really enjoyed it, and yeah I know... it was so sweet my teeth are about to fall out... but really who am I to judge on slutty book from another

This series has been up and down for me, I have a few more to read... I'll see how that goes
Meggie
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this story was chaotic and full of comic. I really loved this story. Gosh Kirby was a character.... you simply have to love this monkey, I sure did. He was amazing. Amery was sweet, warm giant full of love. And both made an excellent mated pair.
G.M Cantave
2.5 stars
Lasha
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Sally
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifters, magic, mpreg
Second time I'm readind this and I noticed I didn't write a review the first time around..

I really enjoyed this book.

“Do you bite me?”
“No,” I grunted, not slowing down our rhythm. “I’ll shift and throw feces on you.”
“What!” he gasped as he tried to get out from underneath me.

This part killed me, I laughed so hard. 😂😂

"So I did what any monkey does when threatened…I bared my teeth and threw poop at her. She screamed as if I’d stabbed her
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Phaney
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2012 Review:
** Some spoilers. **

I am not sure if tackling this (after my preceding bad experience) makes me brave or stupid. Maybe just lucky. Yeah, I’ll run with that. Cause this one I actually had some fun with. Go figure.

One interesting aspect of this particular book lay in the fact that the huge, strong guy wanted the small guy to top and mildly dominate him. Yes, seen that before (remember the Christmas elves by the same author?), but something like that still feels like
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Vicktor Alexander
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: katharina, luci, m/m romance group,
So Amery and Kirby meet at the UPAC conference, they decide to mate and then Kirby finds out that Amery can get pregnant. No problem right? Wrong. Kirby faints and when he comes to he finds out that his mate has a lot more problems and issues than just that he can get pregnant.

This book moved along quite easily. It was all about Amery and Kirby learning more about each other and falling in love, dealing with Amery being pregnant, Amery's past and his ex-boyfriend.

I did en
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Spells and Bananas is a wonderful story that turned the dynamics of what I had come to expect from a relationship between what could have been a strong, big, muscular alpha male and a cute twink right on its head! However, this was in a good way and really made me love this story. It becomes clear right away that though Amery is big and strong, he is really the more soft hearted of the two. Kirby who shifts into a little spider monkey may not have physical strength on his side, but god help anyo ...more
CB
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun series! There are currently 20 books in the series, each book is written by either Joyee Flynn, Gabrielle Evans or Stormy Glenn. They could keep writing more as long as they continue creating interesting characters who shift into all kinds of wonderful and different animals/mythical beings and coming up with unique stories full of romance, crazy drama, angst and let's not forget the very hot sex!

You don't have to read them in order, very rarely are other characters mention
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Candice
Kirby and Amery. First off, I would have liked to have seen Amery use his magic more. What's the point of being a witch if you don't use your powers? I was bummed.

Then I was SUPER bummed when Amery turned into a puddle of goo. I mean, he was SO emotional. COME ON get a grip on yourself.

Then there's the fact that Kirby is a spider monkey, how is that threatening? He says he defended his mate, but really he threw something at 'em. What would happen if the baddie had a gun or knife? No
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Raevyn
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is the story of Kirby and Amery. Kirby is a spider monkey shifter and Amery is a witch. As with all of the Midnight Mating books, they are forced into their mating, but from the beginning, they are not upset about it.

There are some hilarious scenes where Kirby is in spider monkey form and I have to say I laughed pretty hard at antics. This is also an M-Preg story. Amery, being a witch, is able to get pregnant.

I can't say that this is my favorite,
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T Silver
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-paranormal
My first 5 stars in this series. This book actually felt complete. I liked the ending. I don't mean the last chapter but the last few paragraphs. It is not often that I read a book with a good ending. They usually get really goofy and cliché (which I HATE). This one was actually fun, even if it came up following a really obvious cliché moment...
I really liked this book. It was not always sweet, it was not always easy, but I think that was why I liked it so much. When I read that Kirby was
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Pam
A fun and lighthearted read that still had some serious movements. I liked these two guys and Kirby being a spider money shifter was totally unexpected. Pairing him off with a self-conscious but powerful witch was odd but still worked. Throw in the whole male pregnancy thing and Amery's betrayal at the hospital and you've got plenty to keep you're attention.

I do wish that at times big, hunky and powerful Amery hadn't acted so much like a girl but between the hormones and low self-esteem I guess
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Rachel
This is a funny light hearted book with interesting characters. A witch and a spider monkey is not a match that you read about every day, oh and the male witch can get pregnant? Wow. Although one thing did bug me, the spider monkey gets kidnaped the day the witch goes into labour and yet he just shakes it of like nothing happened wtf?

I feel that the story line is paced well and the characters are funny and well thought out. This book was fun to read and and kept me interested which a lot of oth
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Tiferet
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Midnight Matings series is a delightfully silly thing, and Joyee Flynn is definitely my favourite of the co-authors. The increasingly ridiculous types of shifters and other supernatural creatures might make you shake your head but hating the whole concept seems plain mean when the books are so funny, sexy and engaging, while providing all the comforting tropes we like. Also, this one has particularly likable characters and develops the world nicely, tying it with other books and characters f ...more
Tamela
Another fun book for this series. If I want a laugh and a heart warming story I know I can open one of these Midnight Matings books and find just what I'm looking for. I loved Kirby, who would have expected such a cute little monkey to be such a badass :). Sure helped when he needed to escape from the bad guy. I also enjoy seeing how the whole para-community is coming together now after the mating meeting :)

Recommended
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1st read - Sep 10, 2011
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
This is a story of the forced mating of Kirby, a spider monkey shifter, and Amery, a witch. Neither is upset about the forced mating, in fact they bond pretty quickly and fall in love within a few weeks. I liked the humor and some of the wit displayed by the author, as well as the way the characters committed to having open communication to head off problems. The mpreg was a bit unbelievable but then again so was some of the plot surrounding Amery's former lover Jake. The monkey antics were cute ...more
Lynn
I'd like to start with that I'm really enjoying reading the Midnight Matings Series, the books are a lot of fun. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this one.

There was a lot of telling rather than showing and it was a bit too sickly sweet for me. So far the other books I've read have had a fair bit of humour in them mainly because each MC has had a strong identity to the shifter side of them which the author has had fun with. It felt lacking in this one.
Heather
I have to start this off by saying how much ridiculous fun this series is turning out to be.
I'm loving all the odd shifter mating pairs.

I liked this one I just did love it. I wanted the fun sex-escapades.
This mine was just a bit heavy on the feelings. So emotional, lots of I'm sorry.

Plus, my witch only did two muttered spells the first was pretty funny and then in the last pages of the book and it was birth control. I wanted to see more magic!
He's centuries old and powerful, but his emotion
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Leann Marshall
This is a good funny very light fast paced story. Kirby and Amery are a great couple who had me wanting to see them get their HEA within few pages. Jake Amery’s ex is a complete idiot. I wish that we learned more about Kirby past and present life the book focuses on Amery. I also wish all the sex scenes had been written out some were summarized, but the ones that were written out were hot. I like Porn with Plot even if it’s a light plot.
Amanda
I've been gobbling these up, some are great, some are ok and then there is this one. I disliked book #3 and this might bump that book out of that spot. I thought there was inconsistency in the characters, I didn't even like the characters and although it was mpreg and I appreciate the last chapter, I really wanted more about the actual pregnancy.
Lila Hunter
3.5 out of 5

I got this book because I love spider monkeys. The characters were good, but the story was too emotionally charged for such a short book. I wanted less problems and more time to see the solutions coming to life. A lot of characters presented as well. It was a nice book, but my first by this author in this series.
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