Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Crimson Romance on July 22, 2013
Source: Tour Host
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All it takes is one mistake to be marked. One bite, she crosses a line...into forever.
Diana Hambre's body is blazing. For days this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she'll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.
Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it's Diana's back he wants up against a wall, or any other surface for that matter.
As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither of them resist their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.
Now, bearing Shawn's bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature. Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. Employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he's on the verge of ensnaring himself in the process.
Warning: Erotic scenes hot enough to peel paint
This is another one of those books where I feel it would make a fantastic pornography film if only they had the budget for good actors and special effects.
Diana and Shawn have some pretty amazing sex scenes, especially when Diana is at the height of her heat cycle (and ladies, I think we can all agree — we’ve been there, almost crawling up the walls because you have an itch that you just can’t scratch — yeah, we’ll use that analogy.)
I really enjoyed that Diana has more of a back-story than most heroines in this sort of novel would have. She is a widow, and due to running away from her family (because they wouldn’t approve of the match, and they’d want to arrange something) she doesn’t fully understand what she, herself, is capable of. Shawn, of course, has that ho-bag of an ex that comes into the picture at one time or another, but he’s also more complex than most erotic novels would give the character.
Diana is an alpha but she doesn’t really know what that means, and Shawn is going to help her understand that. And also how to control herself when her animal side gets to be too much. I want to see if there will be more books in this series (as far as I know, it isn’t an actual series just yet), as there are some various secondary characters that I’d love to read more about.
For $3.82 currently on amazon, you can’t really go wrong for a good erotic novel with a deeper story line than you’d expect. So a 3.5 out of 5 from me for entertainment value, character development and some pretty intense sex scenes.