Damned And Desired by Kathy Kulig
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, SciFi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (162 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, BDSM, M/M, M/F, Menage, Voyerism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia
She’s a demon, he’s a shapeshifting leopard. From their first meeting in the Arizona desert, passion ignites and trouble begins. As a demon, Sakari Lock must harvest lifeforce energy through sexual seductions to sustain her exiled world. But when Sakari meets Brad, she breaks the number one rule of Anartia—don’t get personal with your quarry.
Physician’s assistant Brad Montag is drawn to Sakari’s lustful advances with a blazing desire he can’t explain, unaware of how dangerous she is. No matter how enticing, she’s a complication he doesn’t need until he can conquer his past and regain control of his shapeshifting abilities. Sex this wicked and good can only lead to disaster.
When immortals from an alternate dimension try to free their exiled world, Brad is caught in the middle of a battle that could destroy not only him, but the land he loves.
Rich with the promise of love or heartache from the possibility of separation, the characters in Damned And Desired will tug at your emotions like a harpist on her instrument. Demons and demonesses send drones to Earth to utilize sex to draw life energy from mortals which is required to protect their prison world until they find release in the return to their home planet.
Demon drone Sakari Lock is sent through a portal to Earth to draw ‘chi’ from humans though she is haunted by an accident in which she drained the life-force from a man until he died. When she meets a naked man wearing only a leopard skin in the middle of the desert at night, she’s drawn to him and fears she’ll be the death of him too. Using mind control to provide images of wild sex, Sakari lures him closer to withdraw his energy as ordered, but hates the task because she wants him physically like no other and is not permitted to orgasm. She is to bring his energy back to Anartia and present it to the demon and demoness to keep their temporary world together.
An EMT and a physician’s assistant, Brad Montague strives to help find lost tourists in the Arizona desert. Responsible for the death of a fellow soldier in a war, he struggles to come to terms with what happened when he shifted into his feline form and went on a killing spree to protect his troop. The moment he meets Sakari, he’s intrigued and horny as hell but doesn’t understand why he only can think with his groin when near her.
The words flowed beautifully, with sex as the main focus of the story, though not for love or money. The characters sang from the pages in a melody of emotions, fears of loss, and hope. The Native-American elements and ceremonies were fascinating. The only thing that was confusing was the head hopping which tended to cause backtracking to make sure who was speaking or thinking in monologue.
It was a great read and deserves 4.5 Cherries for the creativity and mystical qualities of two dimensions where the characters are torn between love and duty. Very entertaining. I couldn’t stop reading, wondering what was going to happen next. I recommend this book as one you must pick up!