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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Trinity by Lauren Dane



Trinity by Lauren Dane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (169 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Menage, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

One witch, one cat shifter. Add one wolf. Blend. Safety glasses recommended.

Renee Parcell loves her life. Her smoothie/coffee cart business is successful, and she’s deeply in love with her boyfriend, Galen. He makes her laugh, he’s gainfully employed, and he satisfies her as only a sexy cat shifter can. He even puts the toilet seat down.

Yet they both sense something in the air. An anticipation that leaves them both unsettled.

Tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Meyers, Enforcer of National Pack and one of the most beautiful men Renee and Galen have ever seen, stumbles into Renee’s life and the riddle of their expectation is solved—Renee is Jack’s mate. What surprises them all is when the three of them touch, magick creates an unexpected triple bond of witch, cat and wolf.

Even as they learn to navigate the steamy intricacies of their bond, a threat looms over Renee. First in the form of resurrected memories, then in the shape of darker magicks someone is aiming at her. Set on stealing her inherent powers—even her life.

Renee can stand to lose almost anything, except her mates. But there seems to be no talking them out of laying everything on the line for her…

Warning: All kinds of alpha maleness going on up in here and the woman responsible for keeping them in line. Sexin in many varied settings and positions, including sexy times between dudes. Bad words. Tight butts in worn denim. Some violence here and there.

Trinity is all about the strength of love between people, unifying them against a threat that seeks to destroy the heart and center of their relationship.

Renee is the heroine and the central point of the story. We meet her at a moment in time when her world both falls apart and is renewed. Her character is written in such a way that I vacillated between liking her or being annoyed by her, sometimes in the same scene. She’s mouthy, loyal, opinionated and emotional. By the same token, she’s open to being in a relationship with a shifter and that includes all the perks and pains that come with it. She never says no to her man and that joie du vivre is very present. When she gets suspicious that things aren’t what they appear, that those she’s supposed to have trusted all her life may have been the total opposite, the reader gets to see a stubborn and very sad part of Renee’s personality. The need, the hurt and the rejection are very well described and felt not only by the character but by the reader as well.

There is a lot of loving in Trinity. I’m not talking about the sex, although there are quite a lot of well written and hot scenes to satisfy any erotic romance reader. I’m talking about the romance, the caring gestures, the emotional connections, the touching and the respect. Add in the guys doing typical stupid guy things and the girl training her men not to be so danged Neanderthal, even if they are Alpha, and you have some humor to liven things up as well.

Galen is the first guy to go nuts over Renee. He’s smooth, confident and so in touch with Renee, it’s beautiful. Then there is Jack. Jack is the rough and ready one. He has to make some mental shifts about what he wants out of a relationship. His dreams and hopes get a bit skewed by Fate and he has to adjust fast. He’s more than man enough for the challenge which is good because his Enforcer background ends up coming in handy.

The villain is not so clear cut. I suspect because this will be a bit of a reoccurring arc which will flavor a few stories beyond this one. Oh, the main bad guy gets dealt with, but it brings more questions than answers. Sure kept my interest in this story and it already has me primed for the next book because it has the makings for some very dastardly conflicts in the future. No reader can get to the end of this book and not wonder and want to know the reasons why. It’s so sinister!

Trinity embraces what a romantic relationship amongst three equally strong people should be, and uses metaphysical magic to tie it all together. The passion alternates between volcanic and truly sweet, the journey of forging a family unit of three makes for interesting reading and the element of extended family spiced things up quite a bit. If you’ve been lucky enough to have read some of Ms. Dane’s other Cascadia Wolves series then the meeting between Renee and Grace is sure to be even more entertaining.

I would recommend Trinity to any paranormal romance fan who loves stories with bite, passion and heart. Ms. Dane has a history of writing stories that touch your emotions while making you sweat from the heat in the bedroom…or living room. This book continues that fine tradition.

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