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Monday, November 24, 2008

Lycan Lore

Lycan Lore by Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Genre: Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Hibiscus

Being the tag-along on a camping trip with Heather and Graham is not what Cassandra has in mind for her long weekend. However, when a tall dark stranger with staggering green eyes shows up to lend a hand with her tent assembly from Hell, she has to rethink her predicament. Despite the mixture of excitement and apprehension he incites with his soul-startling stare, the possibility that she's just found her brawny Tarzan in the depths of Redwood National Park suddenly doesn't seem so absurd.

Cray feels an equally potent draw to the fiery red head with the soft hazel eyes, attractive features, and tempting shape. Despite his resolve, she provokes a primordial calling he's long sought to contain. He wants this female, he can't deny, but he knows giving in to such unabashed urges can lead to disaster, and he refuses to sentence this woman to his own horrid fate.

But just as is powerful as Cray's attraction is his unexpected surge of protectiveness. There's something about Cassandra's male friend that needles his suspicion. Graham invokes his predatory sense of dominance, and that doesn't bode well. If his instincts are correct, Graham is more than he appears and Cassandra's life is in danger.

Lycan Lore is a great blend of an old and a new werewolf tale. We have Graham, who was turned on a Canadian hunting trip as the old time werewolf who has no control over his change when the moon is full. Needless to say, Graham is the “evil” werewolf in this story. There is also Cray who is a natural born werewolf and thus he can control his changes and impulses. Cray is the “good” werewolf and he hunts “evil” werewolves.

I liked the character of Cassandra. She is a strong woman who has her degree in Psychology. Cassandra is familiar with people who believe they can change into an animal but is certain that they are just delusional and she tries to cure them in her job. Cassie's friend, Heather talks her into accompanying them on a camping trip for the weekend, claiming that she will meet a hunk. The scene where Cassie is trying to put up her tent is very funny. Her help arrives in the form of Cray.

Cray is everything I look for in a hot, sexy hunk. He is a perfect gentleman when he assists Cassie with the construction of the tent. He even offers to take her on a hike the next day where he again restrains himself. I could sense that he cared for Cassie. Cray holds himself back from claiming Cassie for fear of turning her into a werewolf even though he thinks she is his mate. Like a knight in fur, he protects Cassie when she is in need. Cray eventually gives in to Cassandra's urgings.

Lycan Lore is a hot story of werewolves with a twist. I found myself looking for something to cool me down when I wasn't on the edge of my seat yelling at Cassie what she should do. I recommend Lycan Lore for those who like a different type of paranormal story and I, for one, can't wait to read the next story in the series.

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