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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf by Eliza March

The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf - Enchanted Mountain 1 by Eliza March
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

Mackenzie's ménage fantasy comes to life when she's snowbound with Fantasy Lodge partners, Aaron and Trent. One golden, one surly, the alpha males vie for her attention.

For Mac, the strange sensations, the sexual need, and the awkwardness all make sense when she discovers she's a shape-shifter. Aaron and Trent supported each other through their first metamorphosis, and agree to guide Mac safely through hers.

But when they turn, Were males don't share. Mac must choose between them, or they'll fight to the death. Accepting Mac is meant for both of them, they have one other option. Aaron can submit sexually to Trent, become his submissive. Mac can help them through the sexual boundaries, but what will it do to the men's friendship? Or their ménage relationship?

Here’s a story about a family member’s matchmaking that not only works but steams up the pages beyond the heroine's wildest fantasies. Add in a few paranormal twists, a couple of shocking secrets and you’ve got yourself an engrossing read.

Mac is the heroine. She has a new itch to scratch but doesn’t know quite how to appease it. She seems a feisty lady and is definitely not a shrinking violet. When she makes up her mind about something she goes for it. When she makes up her mind about a man, she goes for it with gusto – double the fun when it’s two sexy guys. Until she is faced with a dilemma of choices, strange yearnings and really bizarre dreams, she thinks herself a pretty grounded woman. I enjoy her easy acceptance of the attention of Aaron and Trent. No games. No silly posturing. Just genuine interest and dialogue and I like Mac. I also enjoy the unique paranormal slant to her character. It was unusual and very erotic.

The two guys are pretty competitive and I got hot flashes from their individual and combined pursuit of Mac. The descriptive visual of their physiques, senses of humor and intent were very sensual and made for some fast flipping of pages. I enjoyed the one-upmanship, got a kick out of the things they did behind each other’s backs and once they combined efforts, the heat just poured on and Mac didn’t stand a chance. They also have a sense of the romantic which made them better heroes, although plans don’t always go as they’d wished. That whole winter adventure scene was both funny and steamy and I think it’s one of my favorites in the story. But like all winter escapes, you have to be careful -- Aaron and Trent end up with more than they bargained for in their pursuit of Mac.

The conflict is more personal and internal. There are questions of trust, challenges to friendship, loyalty and hope for a future unlike any they ever envisioned. Mac discovers her hidden talents and Aaron and Trent reveal more than that, they reveal something special about Mac’s family she never knew. This story has a lot of levels going. The sex is emotional and healing at times, and at other times is just plain fun. The story even has my favorite element, a passionate bite or two.

Ms. March has combined the fun of pursuit, the excitement of the paranormal and the thrill of a satisfying romance. The best part is the three of them realize they really can have their happily ever after. I recommend this story to all readers who like their heroines feisty, their men alpha with a bit of fur on the side.

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