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Monday, October 26, 2009

Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston

Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full (238 Pages)
Other: M/F, Light BDSM
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewer: Holly

Stubborn, lethal, and from Jersey…what more could a Viking warrior want from his woman?

The Gathering, Book 1

Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking goddess and second-in-command of the fierce Crows, doesn’t know what to do with a nice guy. As it is, making up for a past she’d sooner forget leaves her barely polite most days. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn’t just nice. He’s gorgeous, hot, and a distraction she simply can’t afford.

Yager has wanted Neecy in his life—and in his bed—for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And, like any self-respecting Viking, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. So what if she’s the most difficult, complex, never-gives-him-a-break woman he’s ever known? She’s more than worth the effort. In fact, she’s worth everything.

And if it turns out that twenty-four hours of non-stop, any-way-she-wants-it sex doesn’t work with Neecy? Then it looks like he’ll just have to get a little more creative…

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Contains a strong, intelligent, ass-kicking heroine; an alpha hero with the occasional geeky tendency; gritty, realistic violence; and sex so hot that, well, let’s just say there’s not enough ice water in the world…

Second chances don’t come often. Neecy Lawrence got hers courtesy of being shot to death by the drug dealer she worked for. That’s when she was recruited by Skuld, a Norse deity, to be a member of The Gathering: one of the Crows, warriors in service to Skuld.

Will Yager is one of Odin’s Ravens, chosen to protect and serve from a young age. He is one of the leaders of the Ravens and a strong Viking warrior. Lately, he has focused on Neecy, and is determined to make her his. Neecy has other ideas, but when a would-be “master” in the service of the goddess Hella targets Neecy, all bets are off.

Neecy is one of the leaders of the New Jersey Crows, and she will go down fighting to protect her own. When Will keeps getting in her face, she has to decide what to do about him. Can Will convince Neecy he means business with her? Can Neecy forget her past and accept the passion and love Will offers? And can she pass the trial that Skuld has set up for her, and be all that she is meant to be?

Any time I pick up a book by Shelly Laurenston, I know I will be entertained. Hunting Season is no exception. Neecy is a strong, independent character, with insecurities and misgivings just like all of us. I absolutely love that Will doesn’t see the problems Neecy keeps putting between them, and that he just refuses to believe they won’t end up together.

I enjoyed the banter between the Ravens and the Crows, especially when they all needled Liar Mike. There are so many marvelous characters in this book, each deserving their own story.

And the sex: nobody writes hot and steamy sex like Shelly Laurenston; I was sweating just reading this book, it was so hot. When Neecy agrees to twenty four hours of anything goes sex with Will, you just know her idea of getting him out of her system is going to backfire on her. The action, both the sex and the fighting, is fast and furious in this book, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you want a nice love story, don’t get this book. But if you are looking for hot and heavy action, volcanic sex and a hard fought for happy ever after between a Raven and a Crow, Shelly Laurenston’s Hunting Season will fill the bill quite nicely.

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