Golden Eyes by Maya Banks
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe
Love can tame the wildest heart…
A prequel to Amber Eyes.
After Duncan Kennedy stumbles across poachers in his mountains, he is understandably angry. His discovery of an injured cheetah makes him even more furious. He takes the cat home until he can summon the local vet, only to get the shock of his life. When he checks on his charge, he finds not a cheetah but a gorgeous, very naked woman.
Aliyah Carter spent the past six months trapped in cheetah form, a prisoner of the poachers who took her to use in an illegal exotic-game hunt. Finally she’s escaped, but now she faces another problem. A devastatingly sexy sheriff who knows her secret.
Local sheriff Duncan Kennedy comes across poachers on his land and as he scares them off he finds a wounded Cheetah. Not knowing what to do with it he brings it home only to find out it is not only a cheetah but also a woman.
Aliyah has been running from the poachers for days and she is on her last leg. As she recovers she stays with Duncan and must decide on what she is going to do about her feelings for him. Can Duncan find and stop the illegal poachers that have come to his town? Will he be able to convince Aliyah to stay with him or will she disappear from his life forever?
The tentative relationship that develops between Duncan and Aliyah is a sweet read. Duncan is a strong man who fights for what is right and is very protective of those he cares for. I adored him as a hero. His gruff protectiveness gave me chills. Aliyah is a young woman who is scared and confused especially about her feelings for Duncan. The longer she stays with him the deeper she falls for him. She's a very touching and sweet heroine that melted my heart. Between Aliyah and the poachers, Duncan’s world has been turned upside down. The sex between them is hot and heavy but the love that underlines it shines through it all.
Maya Banks brings the reader into a wonderful sensual world and had me from the first page. Fast paced and well written this book should not be missed. No matter what Maya Banks is writing about from shape shifters to Dom/sub relationships, and more, I am never disappointed. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend this book.