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Friday, October 9, 2009

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife by Kaye Sykes

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife by Kaye Sykes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (141 pgs)
Other: M/F, Menage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

One scorching lesson in seduction…

Finally free of her stalker ex-husband, Faith Cahill has a lot to celebrate. It doesn’t take much prodding from her best friend to throw caution to the wind and kiss a perfect stranger. And Dean is perfect, indeed: darkly handsome, tattooed, wicked smile, talented with his hands—and he cooks!

The last thing she needs is to get involved again, especially with a guy who’s hiding something. Despite her vow to avoid him, though, her resolve is shredded every time he crosses her path.

One night with Faith leaves Dean hungry for more, and he senses the feeling is mutual. His instincts tell him Faith won’t be satisfied until she’s unearthed all his secrets. He’d like nothing more than to reveal every last part of himself to her. The question isn’t whether she can handle it. The question is, once she knows everything, will she back away and return to a normal existence.

Or join him in a fight against the evil that threatens their small New England town—and their newfound passion.

Warning: This book contains searing sex, violence, an ex who gets what’s coming to him, chick fights, inappropriate gifting of dog biscuits, and a ménage a trois.

Faith Cahill is ready to start over after divorcing her abusive husband. But as a teacher in a small New England town, there’s only so much she can do to break out of her shell and live, and love, again.

She and her best friend, science teacher Sadie, spend many nights at a bar outside of town called Mardi Gras, where every night is a party, and the cook is a dreamy hunk who has the hots for Faith, although she doesn’t know that yet. Both Faith’s friend Sadie and the hunk, Dean are hiding something from Faith, and she is determined to discover just what that is. Will her world be changed when she finds out the truth that Dean and Sadie are hiding? Can she accept them for what they are, once she discovers their secret, or will she choose the safe path and turn her back on the love possible with Dean? And can the three of them stop the evil that is trying to invade their lovely little town?

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife is a great romance, filled with angst and love and lust and scorching hot sex. The character development by Kaye Sykes is wonderful, and very believable.

When Faith realizes that Dean was once one of her students, she expresses her misgivings, but doesn’t let that overrule her heart when it counts. I love that the women are strong characters, with minds and opinions of their own, and that they are not afraid to express themselves accordingly. And the little ways that Faith rebels against the digs that her ex-husband drops on her are wonderful. I loved the scene where she “castrated” his necktie-I laughed out loud at that.

Do they overcome the obstacles and go on to a happy ever after? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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