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Jungle Law (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

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Official Description: There is a rainforest in India that the wise poachers avoid. Few who venture in ever return, and those that do rarely come back all the way. The leopards in this forest have a protector who walks the worlds between leopard and man, but who calls the leopard kin and the human only enemy. When a frightened boy escapes from the latest hunting party to fe ...more
ebook, 37 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Storm Moon Press
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Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually find this story to be quite fascinating. There is this 'mystery' surrounding the story as readers don't really get to know in what part of the world the story takes place (the blurb says India, but the story never really says so) -- only that it is in jungle.

It is written in third person, with Kaanan as the main narrator. Kaanan is a shifter-leader who takes care of his leopards, and unlike others shifter stories, he doesn't communicate with human language easily. So, the story also
If the MCs had stuck to the primitive vocabulary of "want" and "mine" instead of choosing to use the dreaded ILYs, this would have left me feeling much more satisfied. As it is, the second half of the story just felt contrived and saccharine - as much as a story with this premise can be saccharine.
Basically, what should have been a violent, lush, dangerous tale of protection and possession was turned into a sugary romance for the sake of LIAW. I saw no leopards other than the shifter himself, on

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This is a great twist on a shifter story where Kaanan is really more cat than man. I loved their interactions. I loved the Tarzan-esque feel to it. It was sweet and perfect.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
An interesting story reminds me a lot of Tarzan if Tarzan was a cheetah.

It's sweet but a little slow and lacking in the world building. And how old is the cheetah? He sired cubs? With what a cheetah or shifter? Where are these cubs now? How many? What time period is this? It had an old time feel to it but not sure if that's because it was set in the jungle and cheetah just not used to the ways of man or if it is an old time setting

Says he was mated to females before, again shifte or cheetah? Wh
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
As other reviewers have noted, a sweet little "me Tarzan, you John" sort of story arc. Decently written, but I kept getting caught on details that gave me pause (neither humans nor leopards have the necessary vocal cords to purr, so why does Kaanan? if he's so ignorant of human culture, why would he think of pleasure as "almost sinful"? why would he have had occasion to raise his cubs?). The sex scenes are also very much in the yaoi mold, with naturalized top/bottom roles, focus on anal sex, and ...more
A fascinatingly different vision of the shapeshifter trope. I really liked this one a lot! It put me in mind of all the Tarzan flicks I loved in my youth... but with a welcomed M/M twist!
Serena Yates
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
With roots firmly in Tarzan and Jungle Book land, this is a fascinating story about a leopard shifter, Kaanan, and a human, Deshi, who couldn’t have more different backgrounds if they tried. Their common outlook and willingness to learn makes them more compatible than I initially believed, and gives this story a flavor all its own. I really liked the way the authors helped us see the world from Kanaan's point of view, how some things were suddenly very simple when looked at with so-called "unciv ...more
A Girl Has No Name
Jungle Law tells us the story of Kaanan - a strong and proud leopard protecting his kind from poachers. He is unforgiving and makes sure that his forest is safe. However, one day he finds a young human and immediately feels that he is different from the poachers coming into the forest to kill. He smells the fear and the desperation of the boy, who poisened himself with mushrooms and needs Kaanan's help in order to survive.

I'm not always a fan of shifter stories and their mating, but this story
Some of you are killing me with wanting more details from a short story! That's like asking for chocolate drizzle and some sprinkles from your dollar menu ice-cream, good luck with that!

I personally LOVED this story, it did have a bit of old school The Jungle Book feel to it. There was just enough detail that I got the story and was easly sucked in, though there were some details left out there was never a feeling of ugh I don't get it. Really the author did an amazing job of pulling everything
Andi Anderson
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shifters
Great short! Enjoyed the different spin both authors had on a shifter romance. I hated that it was so short!
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the premise of a shifter guarding his animal species, loved the slow eroticism and the sweet nature of the boy. A simple, clean and sensual tale with a hint of D/s.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, feline-shifters
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As a reader, I do adore shifter stories and this was significantly different. I found it fascinating and sweet. Kaanan is a leopard shifter who spends most of his time in his natural leopard form protecting the jungle and the other animals. This means mostly taking care of poachers. However this time there was a young man with them who escaped, he tracks him down to find him ill from eating poisonous mushrooms, and much as he thinks he should j
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
First off, I was sold when a few pages in the authors used "female peafowl." True they could have gone with peahen, but maybe they didn't want to confuse readers. Anyway, that was a giant bonus in my big book of geek.

The writing felt a little stiff to me, but this is probably an attempt to capture the narrator's voice. Not that he's dumb, but he's more concrete in his thoughts, being as he's more in touch with his animal side. This bothered me a little, but not enough to disrupt my enjoym
Wendy Ann
This was a very different kind of shifter story. I loved that things were not automatically easy between Kaanan (a leopard shifter) and Deshi (a human). For example, the communication between them was a challenge due to two different languages and this was portrayed beautifully in the story.

They were essentially enemies to start, but Kaanan developed a bit of a soft spot for the boy and came to realize Deshi was a victim of his own people. Deshi learns quickly once Kaanan decides to spare him a
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was really good. I love her style of writing and the topic was interesting. Good stuff
2.5 stars

Interesting story about a leopard shifter who takes a young man under his wing, teaching him the ways of the jungle and falling in love in the process.
I am a shameless fan of K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong. They are one of my favorite writing teams and I always look forward to reading more books written by them. When I saw this short story up for review, I immediately grabbed it because I know whatever these two authors write, I will most likely love. Sure enough, Jungle Law was a creative and interesting story about a leopard shape-shifter and the young man he saves.

Kaanan is a leopard shape-shifter who does what he can to protect his fellow peer
While this M/M short story with shifter is qualitatively far superior to much of the available fiction in this genre, it still left me entirely cold.
Writing is fairly good and the authors know how to build a consistent, reasonable plot.

What they do not manage is to make their characters, forced by the lack of a common language to communicate mostly with gestures, alive and likeable. The POV belongs to the shifter and, after a while, his simple reasoning "jungle is home, leopards are kin, I prote
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, shifters, free, dritc-liaw
2.5 stars, rounded up for being free.

Like other reviewers said, this story reminded me a lot of Tarzan, if Tarzan were a leopard shifter. That was fun, but also frustrating. Because Kaanan and Deshi can't communicate very well, especially at first, it came across to me that their only connection was physical. (view spoiler)
Tarzan meets Mowgli. The savages make their home in the jungle. Disney didn't survive the first bout of food poisoning.

Kaanan the leopard shifter lives a solitary life, mostly on four paws. He knows humans as hunters and enemies and knows little of culture or even language. When he hunts down and kills a group of poachers, he decides to spare Deshi, a young man from a poor village. Kaanan nurses Deshi to strength. It takes some time but they build a common vocabulary. Sometimes that requires dra
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not your normal shifter story. It is from Kaanan's point of view. A true jungle gaurdian, he has no words to communicate with Deshi. But that does not stop himfrom taking him in and caring for the young man when he is abandoned. Still you get the sense of everything that is going on. The writing allows you to lose yourself in this tale of survival, companionship, and eventual love. I would almost wish this to be longer. But why add to a tale that is already complete? Loved It!
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was really strange for me to read. I'm not turned on by shifter erotic romance. I'm not judging anyone else. It's just not for me. Vampires & Zombies I get, because they essentially keep the general appearance and anatomy as a human. Now, a man in the form of a cat or dog? Interesting, yes. Sexy, no. At least for me...

That said, there WAS something a little sexy about this story...I'm not sure what, but the appeal was there...hmmmm....

Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Kaanan, a man who can become a leopard - or a leopard who can become a man, hates man - he knows of them as the man who come poaching. Deshi is not a ordinary man, and while Kaanan might have killed him at the beginning, by the end of the short story he's learned the meaning of the word home.

Like Mowgli, only different.
I really enjoyed this well-written shifter story. I loved the jungle setting and that it wasn't the old run of the mill insta-love mate story. Instead the MCs first have to learn to communicate with each other and then as time goes by they slowly develop feelings for each other. Wonderful story just wish it had been longer.
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Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Nope, this wasn't for me, even if it was free. The one lead was constantly referred to as "boy" (and I don't mean in a D/s context) and "he couldn't be more than a year into his manhood". To me this read as barely past puberty and that's too young for me to enjoy the story--at all. Pass
Dee Wy
It wasn't quite Tarzan, but I enjoyed it.
Dec 25, 2012 marked it as to-read-ebook
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