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REVIEW: Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan

Lair of the Lion is a fascinating paranormal romance rerelease by Christine Feehan.

As with most of Feehan’s books, Lair of the Lion is filled with lust, betrayal, rejection, mystery, enemies and jealousy.  Would we have it any other way?

Isabella Vernaducci escaped a hunting party that was searching for her brother, and with only his help did she manage to elude the soldiers.  Spending every cent, she desperately sought Nicholai DeMarco, the one man whom all other dons feared.

The curse that plagues their valley, and the gossip that whispers thoroughly the villages and hallways, leave little to be imagined.  Other Dons and villagers believe that the valley and lands from the DeMarco were cursed, protected by exotic and dangerous animals…More importantly, that the animals were controlled by Don DeMarco himself.

Nicholai DeMarco is an interesting character, although a bit overdone.  A man suffering from a curse that has survived throughout the generations of his family.  Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.  Wielding armies with commanding confidence, his successful protection that he has continuously offered his family, friends and servants, goes unappreciated due to his hideous appearance.  Self-isolation was the only protection he could promise.

Striving for revenge to punish the man who rapes innocent women and children, secrets go unnoticed and that’s where the misunderstandings and betrayals start.  And all along, he tries to send her away.

“I know the lions refused to let me leave through the pass.  I know I’m supposed to be with you.”  Isabella wrapped her arms around herslef to keep from shaking.  “It is the only thing I know for certain, Nicholai.”  She looked up at him with her big, innocent eyes.  “You’re the breath in my body, the warmth and joy in my heart.  Wherever you sent me, I would wither and die.  If not my body, at least my spirit.  Better to have joy burning hot and bright, if only for a short time, than to die a long endless death.”

This book was okay…I suppose.  Add a few twists, and I would say that it is virtually identical to the Scarletti Curse.

I recommend this book to Feehan fans and anyone with a paranormal romance fancy.  Strong descriptive violent content as well as moderate sexual content .. the scenes are yummy in a subtle and not nearly enough to make me smile kinda way.

I am glad that I purchased this book, but unfortunately, I have NO room on my bookshelves!  They are filled, stacked and double filled (Rows covering other rows) .. In need of bookcase donations! Ha!

~happy reading!

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REVIEW: The Hunters; Ben and Shadoe – A Hunters series novel # 5 by Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker has created a fun and erotic paranormal series.  Her books are filled with vampires, werewolves, random paranormal adventures and as much sex as the characters can endure.

When this author was introduced to me, I opened the first book with a smile.  A vampire/werewolf book surrounded by sex, what more could a girl ask for?  How about … Intrigue?  Consuming passion?  Page turning, lip licking and arousing sexual content?  The stories in the Hunters series appear to gravitate towards the erotica.  How many times can he touch you there?  How many different synonyms can someone use for ass and lubricant before your eyes start to sting?

Ben is a werewolf / witch, which is considered a rarity in these books.  Usually, the two talents cancel each other out.  *shrug*  He has been searching for years for the female child that escaped the raping mad men who destroyed their village.  I appreciate his character’s complexity, patience and understanding for his mate’s virginal magical state of profound ignorance.  Usually, it’s the dominant alpha werewolf types that beat on their chests like cavemen ahh yayaaaahhh *Tarzan voice* hah ..

Shadoe, formally known as Jillian, lived her life without the knowledge of who she really is, where she came from, or the magical potential simmering underneath her skin.  She’s more or less this oh so pure, dainty little oh woe is me female who is dragged into the world of paranormal shit by two werewolves, one of whom is this ancient vampire, who try to rape, kidnap and hold her captive as their servant.

After reading and writing the review for Declan and Tori, I compared Walker’s books to Hamilton’s.

The characters seemed similar.  Anyone who adores Anita Blake.  The ancient vampire pining away in lust and loneliness all along watching while others are consumed in love and a sexual frenzy with their mates.

The first book was outstanding!  Unfortunately, the imaginative and dangerous adventures have drastically declined in excitement.  I found this book tiresome.  Please understand, this may be a personal problem.  I adore Hamilton’s Anita Blake series.  I had originally  bonded these two authors together in hopes of an offline continuation for Blake.

If you set your standards too high, they are bound to disappoint you.

Shiloh Walker entertains you with easy on the brain, paranormal erotica that are fast and fun.  If you’re looking for something more complex that is filled with twisted lusts, as with Blake, this series is not for you.

He’d rape her until she bled, beat her until she couldn’t breathe for the screams, and then he would let her die.  Slowly.  Bleeding from a hundred different little nicks he’d put on that ivory hide. 

She’d totally fucking rue the day she had dared not to cower before him. 

Oh, yes.  Jillian Morgan was going to suffer.

I am a wee bit over 80% of the next book in this series; the story of *thinks* Rafe and Sheila.  At this time, the book is far more intriguing.  I have been quite busy today.  I opened the book this morning and should finish it before I crash.

Again, I’m not knocking this author.  I think it’s wonderful that she is living her dream.  Her work is better than most other paranormal erotica that I have read.  I just set myself up to be disappointed.

I recommend this book and this series to mature adults only.  Extreme sexual content, although repetitious, it is unsuitable for children or immature adults. Moderate violence, which is a total bummer.

~happy reading!

PS – Thank you, spellchecker!

REVIEW: The Hunters; Jonathan and Lori – A Hunters series novel # 4 by Shiloh Walker

I have been avoiding this review.

Although the story behind Jonathan and Lori is quite more adventurous and intriguing than the previous book, I still had to force myself to finish it.

Jonathan’s character is wallowing in its misconception that he is dark and evil and unworthy.  This of course leaves him having sex with other women in attempt to hurt Lori and push her aside.  He loves her, but he cannot allow himself to have her.

Pathetic.

There have been books where this concept thrills me to the core!  This is not one of them.

Lori is the younger sister and a healing witch.  Everyone perceives her as innocent, dainty and fragile.  Can you imagine how irritating that can get?  I’m happy how her character progresses as people piss her off.  It’s basically a, “I’m not strong enough  Well, fuck you all; watch this!”

Running and hunting from some ancient, secret hunting party, The Scythe, Jonathan and Lori must race against time (so cliché baby) to save young Erica, Jonathan’s adopted daughter.

I only recommend this book to bored mature adults.  You do not need to read this book in sequence with the series.  It is not important enough to bother unless you’re like me and have to read 1..2..3..4.

Strong yet brief and disappointing sexual content.  Strong violence and blood gushing frenzy.

~happy reading