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Friday, April 16, 2010

His She-wolf by Amy Redwood

His She-wolf by Amy Redwood
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Ropes, guns, secrets—and one overprotective hit man. Sometimes, only life-changing sex will do.

It’s nothing personal, it’s just sex. At least that’s what I thought, meeting Seth. You see, I have a personality problem every full moon. My shifter genes urge me to hunt. And to mate. It’s an itch I can’t scratch during business meetings, obviously. What I want is my name on a lucrative contract, but this is where my life really takes a turn for the worse. The last thing I need is a hero, risking his life to save mine, but that’s exactly what I got.

Seth, hit man-cum-journalist, is on the run after securing a crucial piece of evidence against a known kingpin. Still trying to figure out how Candace is involved, he is even more puzzled at her strength, fast reflexes and appetite for sex. But he’s ready and able to save her—even if he has to tie her up to make her see reason—and heal her heart along the way.

Life sure is complicated when you hate yourself for being who you are yet can’t run away from reality, not matter what you try. Such is the personal journey of acceptance that the heroine, Candace, must travel.

The tough thing that Candace has to deal with is her own beliefs. Compound the fact that she’s been influenced by someone she loved, it’s pretty much a given that doubting isn’t even in the cards. Despite her internal conflict she’s a character of strength because she’s fighting to save her livelihood with every weapon she can muster. She has a backup plan that screams desperation so it gives a reader clear insight just how much is riding on her meeting. Her determination is balanced with a wonderful and delicious talent of candy making and it’s her store that draws her into a world of pleasure and pain. That, and her nature – when she wants something, and that includes a man, she is a very focused woman.

Seth is a man whose character I never felt 100% clear on. There was something a bit unfinished about him yet despite that, he is an interesting mixture that reminds me of biting into a Sour Patch Kid – bitter on the outside, sweet and chewy on the inside. Seth can be ruthless and harsh yet the reasons for his actions are altruistic and honorable. He has this John Wayne thing going on and does things his own way – much to the consternation of the authorities. His propensity to be so tightlipped is what makes the sparks and mistrust fly between himself and Candace. A lot of guys think that keeping a woman in ignorance protects them when, often in the case of any kind of romantic suspense stories, the opposite is true.

Both characters have some major trust issues to work out and it’s a bit straining on the patience when Candace is effectively resistive. But she has her own secrets that mess up the situation for Seth so they both are their own worst enemies and at the same time, a reader knows they eventually will be the best of friends. They just have to survive the bad guys, the insatiable need for sex and the truth when it finally comes out.

His She-wolf is written with fast paced dialogue and has a nice twist on the typical paranormal scene. Her POV is first person and Seth’s is third person POV. It’s presented in a logical order with no unnecessary head hopping. The bed scenes were hot and imaginative with well placed hints of what was to come. Although I prefer the word ‘sneaked’ versus ‘snuck’, it’s not that big a soap box issue for me. The climax of the story was gripping and interesting and made everything fall into place. It also provided more insight into Seth and his personal history. I was entertained by the story and am quite glad I read it.

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