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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lucas: A Black Cougar Novel by Eliza Gayle

Lucas: A Black Cougar Novel by Eliza Gayle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex/Play, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Kira MacDonald is in trouble. Plagued by false visions and erotic dreams of a man she's never met, she fears losing both her psychic powers and her sanity. The cure? Finding and bonding with her mate. The stubborn red-haired warrior might not want one, but fate has other plans, plans that include her rescuing Lucas Gunn.

As the Guardian of his shapeshifting clan, Lucas Gunn lived a quiet, solitary life until he was kidnapped, examined, and tortured. Now imprisoned, his only tie to the outside world is the memory of his dreams and the passionate woman who appears in them. He thought she was nothing more than a vision. Then she came for him.

An uneasy alliance, a mating call that won't be denied, rituals that must be honored, and unrelenting enemies who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It all comes together in the first of Eliza Gayle's sensational Black Cougar Series. Passion and pride. Duty and danger. In the end, there's really only one choice...for Lucas.

They came together in dreams. But reality has a nasty habit of intruding on even the most pleasant of dreams, and the reality for Guardian and Death Enforcer Lucas Gunn is a tiny cell in an abandoned military base. When Akira (Kira) MacDonald, the woman in his dreams, finds him and takes him from his imprisonment, Lucas is sure this is another of his enemies ways of getting what they want.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as Kira knows all too well. Lucas is her mate, but she doesn’t plan to let him in on that secret. Kira, a Marine Corps intelligence officer, is psychic, and a member of one of three clans secretly existing in Dragon Tail, clans originating long ago in the wild lands of Scotland. Kira is determined that no man will ever control her or her powers, and both she and Lucas have serious trust issues as well. Can Kira and Lucas overcome their issues in time to find out who orchestrated Lucas’ capture? Can a powerful psychic and a cougar shifter truly be mates? When Kira’s sanity, and her very life, is threatened, can Lucas be in time to save them both?

Eliza Gayle has written a taut and gripping tale of lust, intrigue and scorching passion. The lead characters are strong and well defined. Kira is determined, smart and sassy. She is going to rescue Lucas in spite of himself. Kira is determined to be more than just a plaything or tool, and refuses to be less than all she could be. But Kira is conflicted, because she knows what will happen to her without her destined mate. Still, she chooses to make her own decisions.

Lucas is a solitary being. His position as Guardian and Death Enforcer does not make for lots of friends. He takes his duty to the clans seriously. Of course, he is also tall, gorgeous and sexy as sin itself. When these two finally get together for real, sparks fly and the temperature rises.

I like suspense in a story, and I enjoyed the way Ms. Gayle led me away from the real villain more than once. The action was fast paced and thoroughly breathtaking at times. There is nothing worse than knowing from page two who the bad guy behind everything is, but with this I was pleased to be kept in the dark until very near the end of the book. This is a recommended read for those who want to be kept on the edge of their seat. But keep the ice handy, because Ms. Gayle writes this one super hot.

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