Series: Royal Pride #2
Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Published by Ellora’s Cave on January 24, 2014
Source: Tour Host
Purchase Links: Amazon
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Lena will do anything to protect the shifter child her family takes in, even turn herself into bait. Although she knows better than to fall for a shifter, Devin, the man who captures her, is unlike any she’s ever tangled with. Their desire is unquenchable and the draw to him is undeniable, but their relationship is riddled with mistakes and loving him has the potential to destroy her.
After shouldering his twin’s torture, Devin hovers on the verge of insanity. His life revolves around his family and recovering kidnapped shifter children. He never thought he’d have a mate or kids of his own until a rescue mission turns deadly. The beautiful female caught in the crosshairs stirs his mating instincts and tames his wild nature. Only her confusion over their intense attraction stops him from finishing their bond, but Devin’s persistent. He’ll convince his stubborn female that he’s the man she’s been waiting for—one passionate encounter at a time.
A Romantica® Paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
I liked this book. It was well done, with only a few hiccups here and there. Lena and Devin are both complicated, complex characters that are written well. They’re both intensely stubborn, which made me want to shake them.
One quote I highlighted was, “Damn it, she’d asked for honesty but she didn’t want it. Not really!” — I enjoyed that because I’m sure men all over the world have had that exact same thought and fallen into the exact same trap. A woman (and I’m a woman so I can say this without being discarded as a sexist pig) who says that she wants to hear the truth but then gets pissed off when she gets what she asked for. That part made me laugh.
Devin is a shifter with three different cats inside of him and his constant struggle to stay sane is a huge point in the book. He not only constantly battles his insanity but also Lena’s stubbornness, his own, his cats and their primal nature, as well as the fact that at over 300 years old, he’s never been in a serious relationship.
Lena is also well done, though, again, I wanted to shake her at times (which does make the characters more realistic in my eyes, as I’ve stated in previous reviews). They’re more humanized when they have those faults. She’s trying her best to protect those she loves in an almost impossible situation.
However, I will say that when there is a HUGE loss of a character in the book (I’m not saying who, so no spoilers) — I thought it was a bit too easily brushed off for the person who lost the most. It was briefly touched upon and then left alone.
And then… there was the sex.
I’m going to preface this next part with the statement that I enjoy sex scenes. If written correctly, they’re amazing. Ask any of my friends, I truly love sex scenes…. And this book had a lot of really great ones…
That being said, there are only so many sex scenes you can have in a novel about going to save a little girl before you start yelling at the characters, “PUT IT BACK IN YOUR PANTS AND GO SAVE THE LITTLE GIRL!”
That was the one major fault I found with the book. If the book is about sex and how sex is used to strengthen a bond or heal or just rise up in the ranks… Great! More sex all around! But when there’s a deeper story line involving a mystery and a small child that needs saving, I think there needs to be a bit more substantiation of that plot line and less of them getting it on in an airplane in front of 3 other men.
I give it a three-point-five out of five because I did enjoy the book but I think it may need a bit more work on the depth of the plot line.
Final thought: I am always amused when an author will describe in vivid detail someone “fucking” someone else, and then add in a line (outside of a sex scene) such as “Another vulgar curse involving his ass rang out,” usually when one or more men are insulting each other. I’m not sure if it’s because it leaves the curse up to the reader’s imagination or if they simply want less swearing, but it always amuses me. This is not, by any means, a writing trait used only by Ms Corrigan. Many authors do it, and I simply made a note of it when I was reading.