Book Reviews

Dire Straits and Entwined Fates (Fanged Mistakes 2) by Alice Winters

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Shifters / Vampires / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 03-May-2024

Book Blurb

When did fake-then-real dating an ancient vampire become the easy part?

Casimir’s ridiculously sweet now that he’s conquered “the art of the flirt,” as he calls it. He tries hard to fit in with my family—if we forget about those silly threatening chocolates he sent my father—and he even makes me popcorn… okay, he tried. I know, I know, I’m just bragging at this point.

Everything is perfect until we stumble upon a half-dead vampire who is being hunted by someone. And I’m afraid the person hunting him knows all about Casimir’s history. Casimir has fought so hard to drive the darkness away, but we both know that he needs to bury his past… one last time.

I never saw myself in a relationship, let alone with a pesky werewolf. He’s funny and sweet, has questionable friends, and phenomenal taste in dog bandanas. After five hundred years, I think I’ve finally convinced myself that I deserve this.

However, someone else isn’t quite certain I do. Julian has assured me that it’s time to move forward, but when there’s a masked man waiting in the shadows for me, I find it hard to ignore my past mistakes.
But I have something I didn’t have the last time I faced him.

Someone who loves me.


Book Review

I, quite literally, jumped straight into ‘Dire Straits and Entwined Fates’ after rereading the first installment in the series. I was looking forward to getting more of Casimir’s murky history, and naturally, a whole lot more tongue-in-cheek humor and snark. I was not disappointed.


Casimir is over five hundred years old and he was purchased at the tender age of five by a man referred to as the Warden. The Warden spent the next fifteen years training Casimir and his “brothers” to be indestructible killing machines, a.k.a. assassins for the Crown and the Warden’s personal vendettas. Casimir grew up with no kindness, no love, nothing but duty, pain, and killing. It’s no wonder he feels as if he doesn’t deserve Julian’s love and kindness. When a part of his past he believed long dead returns, it makes for an intriguing suspense and finale.


Even though this book is a little darker subject matter than the beginning of the series, there remains Casimir’s utterly enchanting fascination with his poodle, Gustov, right down to continuing to buy the dog (and Julian) adorable bandanas. Not to mention Casimir’s endless joy in annoying Terrence, Julian’s dad, and werewolf alpha in the city. I must admit that the creativity in these efforts truly is genius and keeps both Casimir and Julian wildly amused.


I adored this installment as it was a delight watching Casimir continue to evolve from a closed off and icy man, to one who laughs a lot and has allowed new friendships past his high walls. The love story between Casimir and Julian remains as charming as ever and I hope to see more of them along with new faces. Thank you, Alice, for such a wonderful read!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 368 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-March-2024
Price $5.99 ebook
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