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Naked Tails

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Seth McDaniel wasn’t raised among a shifter passel and has no idea what it’s like to turn furry once a month. An orphan, torn from his father’s family at an early age, he scarcely remembers Great-aunt Irene. Now her passing brings him back to Possum Kingdom, Georgia, to take up a legacy he doesn’t understand and reconnect with a friend he’s never forgotten.

As Irene’s seco
ebook, 234 pages
Published December 17th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 16th 2012)
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Eden Winters I am so sorry I didn't see this question sooner! I've no immediate plans to return to Possum Kingdom, but I'm currently working on a collaboration wit…moreI am so sorry I didn't see this question sooner! I've no immediate plans to return to Possum Kingdom, but I'm currently working on a collaboration with P.D. Singer in which a few of the characters will make an appearance.

We're hoping for a late summer or early fall release. (less)

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What first attracted me to this story was the cover. A novel titled "Naked tails" with a Possum on the cover? I read the summary and I was hooked! I dropped everything else and started reading this one and I am so glad that I did so.

Possum Shifters! How much more originality do you want? In a world filled with Werewolves and other predatory shifters, they are certainly a fresh breeze.It takes serious talent and humor to turn a nightly invasion in to material for paranormal M/M romance.

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Author & Book of the Month (June)

Possum? *pauses* Possum shifter? Possum shifter romance? *scratches head*

Huh? Que what?

I won't lie. When us unicorns chose this book to be our book of the month, I was a little stunned. Because WTF is interesting about possums, right?


Who wants to read romance between roadkill garbage munchers?

Apparently this girl.

What I expected? Some shifter fluff about an underwhelming species.
What I got? A story with more depth than I expected. It's not angst

A really unique shifter world created here. Maybe a bit too much of a focus on the politics to the point that the romance was back burnered but the MC's were endearing when together. I enjoyed learning about the whole possum culture but I felt that they were pretty harsh to Seth for his absence. A really interesting read and I loved the ending.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up for the refreshingly unusual concept.

At first glance I was like, huh, opossum shifters--seriously?
Don't be fooled by that. There's so much more to this book than troublesome little critters (although the Johnson triplets certainly count as such...)

This is the story of Dustin and Seth, best childhood friends who haven't seen each other in years. Seth used to live in the small town of Possum Kingdom, but after his parents died, his maternal grandmother took him away. However, Seth
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by an Eden Winters book, and this one didn’t break the chain either.

A wonderful light hearted whimsical tale of Opossum shifters. Funny and sweet with plenty to keep the reader interested.

As cute as the possum’s are, Seth as a man had my heart aching. Thanks to an overbearing Grandmother, Seth is raised without the love and affection he would of received if he had been left with his Great Aunt. In turn Seth has little self worth and allows himself to set
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of, if not the most, unique and original shifter tale I've ever read!
Possums are not particularly clever... nope. Nor are they the most sexy things. They eat crickets, snuffle about, and are generally uninteresting.
Eden Winters is clever. She creates sexy and interesting!

This wasn't a sappy once-upon-a-time we were best friends now we're boyfriends. There's plenty of mercenary shifter politicking to keep Dustin and Seth from their insta-love HEA now that they've been reunited.

3.5 Stars

June's UM Buddy Read and Chat Book - YAY!

This was a fun read. I liked that it didn't take itself too seriously, yet didn't become a joke either. I did feel bad for Seth through a lot of the book. The poor dude didn't have it easy and not too many people/possums cut him much slack. Considering he was in the dark for quite awhile I had to sympathize with him. To his credit though, he didn't whine and hide he took the opportunities in Possum Kingdom and made something from them.

I liked Dus

Cute shifter story with more than a few moments that had me grinning. Other moments were more serious, and some were a little silly.

Moments that made me laugh:
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Things I wasn't crazy about:
Monica...she was over the top rude and bitchy. (view spoiler)
Mandy*reads obsessively*

This starts out with Seth still a little boy and about to have his life changed forever.
Poor Seth, I felt so sorry for him, alone and he seemed to stay that way until he came back to his hometown to settle his great aunt's estate.
He comes into a town that is different although he doesn't quite know what is off, but that's ok, he just wants to get everything in order and leave again, until he sort of doesn't want to.
His childhood best friend Dustin has grown up and the friendship they once shared
Oh my God. Possum shifters!


Loved it! A really refreshing shifter story.
Oh this was fun. I have a super soft spot for possum shifters stories and was so excited that Winters wrote one. This was long enough to really spend time creating the characters and world of this 'possum society. Very well plotted in terms of what happened with the characters and story arc from prodigal son to leader of the 'passel. Integrity and family being the biggest themes. Sexy, fun and characters you want to spend time with. Nicely done. ...more
Possum shifter zaniness! Best part: human thoughts in possum form. Worst part: not liking the MC >__>, then feeling super duper sad and sorry for him. Overall: enjoyable, but otherwise not too memorable for me.
As a huge shifter fan, I'm always looking for a unique twist given to the typical shifter story. In this case, Ms. Winters does a pretty awesome job of making this unique by having it based off werepossums.

I adored the fact that this was a light-hearted, slightly funny but cute read. Seth is actually pretty depressing. He lets people walk all over him because he just wants to be loved, accepted, and liked. Unfortunately, others see him as easily manipulated. When he reconnects with Dustin, thin
Dec 22, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I beta'd this book, so my rating should be obvious even if I'm trying to be impartial and not put stars.(It's hard. I enjoyed myself from Chap 1 to "Fin".) I adored the concept of taking a rather unattractive animal and making a world around it that sucks you in. This is a completely realized world, different from any other shifter universe I've read, and the characters jump off the page. From Monica, second in command and highly opinionated, to the MC's Dustin and Seth, to the Johnson triplets, ...more
Becky Condit
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Release Day: December 17, 2012
A copy of this book was provided to me for a fair and honest review.

This is a book to savor - every word, every page. It is definitely a character-driven book, and what characters they are! NAKED TAILS is like an addictive drug. When you get to the end you will be sad it’s over and may even do like I did and write to Ms. Winters asking for more stories about Seth , Dustin, and the possum passel, Andy and the fox skulk, Seth’s ex-boyfriend Michael and his unlikely ne
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who can read shifter romance without the mate-claiming and non-stop sexcapades
"We embark!" I said grandly to my husband, as I opened this book.
"Possum shifters!" (waving the e-reader triumphantly)
"No, seriously."

Seriously: it was good. To be sure, a waddling possum doesn't have the same je ne sais quois as an alpha wolf, but this was not that story. This was a sweet, well-developed tale (sorry) of a community of possum shifters in the rural South.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A highly entertaining read with just the right mix between funny and cute.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read
Ok I admit it I started reading this book for 2 reasons 1. the author was Eden Winters and in general writer of some of my favorite stories & 2. Possums? Really? I just couldn't see it,I mean I understand how shifter stories about wolves, big cats, eagles, hawks, bears and even horses can work there's something powerful and riveting about all of these animals and it can be translated into very appealing human atributes when done properly. But really possums? Sorry they are just not cute critters ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*sigh* I probably have no one to blame but myself for this. How I thought a book about opossum shifters was going to work out for me I just don't know. I typically like this author so I thought I would give this a try. I just could not take this seriously. Parts that weren't supposed to be funny made me laugh out loud. Others made me roll my eyes. (ie. the MC is walking past a playground and just can't resist going to the monkey bars and hanging upside down). Even if I got past the cricket eatin ...more
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

I'm always excited when Eden writes a new book, but this one was even more exciting because it's about possum shifters! The seed of the story came from a very wild tale Eden wrote about on her blog, and with the encouragement of friends, turned into this story. I remember reading about the whole opossum debacle, and if I could find the post(s) on her blog, I'd share it/them, but I can't. Nevertheless, that's no reason not to read this book and thoroughly enjo
Re-read May/19 3 stars

Seth loses his parents, and his maternal grandmother takes him away from the only home he has ever known. Seth also loses his best friend, Dusty. Flash forward 20 years, and Seth's great aunt dies and leaves him the family home. Unbeknownst to Seth, his parents were possum shifters, and his great aunt was the head of the passel. Seth has a dormant gene, and has never shifted.
Seth heads back to his aunt's place so that he can assess things and get everything ready for sale.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, read-2015, four-months
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

I enjoy reading shifter stories. However, I tend to stick to the "normal" shifters -- wolves and big cats mostly. My engineering brain has a hard time suspending disbelief for large mammal shifters. Small mammals? Yeah, I just can't go there. For this reason, I have put off reading Naked Tails by Eden Winters for quite a while. Despite REPEATED pleas by good friend and fellow reviewer Becky Condit, Naked Tails by Eden Winters has remained firmly on my "eventually

Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
A refreshingly new shifter story: an opossum shifter!

Yet, while the world building is interesting, I didn't get much on the romance front. The last part of the book is too crowded with possum politics that I didn't really care much.
Kim Alan
Dec 07, 2012 marked it as kindled
Possum shifters??? Hell, yeah. :)
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack and Jill went up the hill to get a fairy ending, Jack fell down and up he shifted into a possum that caught my laughter. ^__*

Jenn (not Lily)
Good story, nice reuniting child friends who were always meant to be together. Some pretty funny bits.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seth lost his parents when he was a child and had to move in with his grandmother, away from his childhood home, his aunt and his best friend Dusty. Now, 20 years later, Seth lives in Chicago, has a career he likes as a photographer and more than 1000 friends on his page. His relationship status isn't looking very good and after getting his hopes up about another reunion, with his sometimes boyfriend Michael, there is bad news he has to deal with. First Michael tells him about his engagem
Well, that was definitely amongst the most interesting shifter stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It really was quite different from everything else and not just because the animal of choice were possums. The lore/setting was actually quite cool since there were shifter animals of all types in that world. Hiding in plain sight and with the government's help. The shifter gene itself was the result of a virus that a child could inherit if either parent was a carrier or if a carrier b ...more
Might just be my current mood, so I will probably give this a chance later.
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