Any reader who's read some of the more recent shifter stories knows there's some strange goings-on out yonder in the woods. Cats and wolves making out with the bears and hyenas...it's enough to make you wonder, you know?
Of course, all the hanky-panky happens when they're both human. And that seems to work just fiiiiiiine. But you have to wonder what happens if there's offspring from the odd shifter union. What then? Take that couple up there...the zebra and the lion. Uh, what happens when the little lionette or the zebra dudette is born? How do the parents keep the kids from killing each other off? Uh-huh. That would take sibling rivalry to a whole new level.
And of course, you have to deal with the in-laws. You know, keep 'em from eating the spousal unit. Really. That would be very bad manners. Probably set off a generational feud of Hatfield-McCoy proportions.
I bet dinners at the Lion-Zebra household would be interesting, too. "Harold, I thought we agreed you wouldn't eat Aunt Marge until next year."
Makes you wonder what the kids would look like, too. Black and white stripey lions and tawny zebras with wild manes. I'm talking wild here. And there'd likely be an odd looking one with tawny and black stripes with a white mane, just because...
I suspect there's a reason why most of the mixed shifter books end before the I do's. That way the authors don't have to figure out the messy part. I guess I'm the only one that lies awake at night trying to figure it all out. Sometimes it gives me insomnia which I don't mind too much. But when I start dreaming about black and white striped lions, then there's a problem.
So if you're an author that's set on inter-shifter romance, just consider the outcome and whether or not it's gonna give me nightmares... or nightlions. Please.