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Friday, April 30, 2010

Winter of the Beast by Vonna Harper

Winter of the Beast by Vonna Harper
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Dio of the Puma clan is a skilled warrior and hunter. What he doesn’t feel prepared for is his new role as ruler of a clan with few women. Does he have the necessary leadership and compassion or will his need for sex dominate? Only the massive, mysterious Beast knows.

When her cruel husband casts her out, Tawia can no longer call herself a Falcon. Her future a frightening unknown, she heads into the wilderness as winter approaches. The Beast watches.

Captured by the enemy warrior, Tawia fights her body’s demands. Trust is as incomprehensible to her as the relationship between Dio and the great puma. But neither man nor beast are willing to set her free.

They say that opposites attract and they also say that instinct can save or change your life. Vonna Harper's, Winter of the Beast gives truth to both those statements.

A woman tumbles upon the land of the mighty Puma. She is Tawia, of the Falcon clan. Tawia knows she shouldn’t be there, but she can’t help it. Dio, the puma warrior, is lost. He is supposed to guide his people, but he is missing something to do it right. Both are inevitably brought together and with the help of the Puma Beast they are able to release their feelings.

The characters release more than their feelings as they find solace in each others arms. This was a relief, because I honestly was beginning to think that Dio should visit a healer. The constant drilling since almost page one about the state of Dio’s cock was unnecessary. With things like, “His erection didn’t surprise him.”, “His cock throbbed as if in agreement.”, “His cock took note, prompting him to reposition the half swelling.” etcetera, I got the feeling that his cock was almost another character in the plot!

On the other hand, Tawia is depicted as a strong woman. She has been through a lot, definitely. But at certain points, for example when it says, “Yes, he might rape or kill her, but she could only live in the moment, and at this moment she was a woman in a man’s grasp.” I had the feeling that she was simply a weak, ditzy damsel in distress. It was hard to like her at those times.

Nonetheless, Ms. Harper creates a sizzling sexual atmosphere essential for the story, for it is key to the bond that is forming between the characters. Through the sex, Ms. Harper deftly unravels the pent up emotions, understanding, love and the history behind Tawia and Dio.

Winter of the Beast is a nice fast read for those cold nights when you’re in need of something warmer.

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