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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Riding The Wolf by Jessica Quinn & Mary Winter

Riding The Wolf by Jessica Quinn & Mary Winter
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Red Taylor thought she had it all: her wonderful lover Daniel and the career she’d always wanted. For years, she’d trained her grandmother’s horse, in hopes of becoming the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby. Then an envelope arrived, full of graphic pictures of murdered women--and a note telling her she was next.

Detective Jack Kennedy was assigned by the police to protect her. But Jack has his own secret: an attack three years ago infected him with lycanthropy, and every full moon he struggles to control his inner beast. His hunger for Red makes it harder to control the creature inside him, but giving in to those desires will inevitably infect her, too--and in turning her into a predator, prevent her from ever riding again.

Daniel has been Red’s lover for years, but before Red, he dated men as well as women. He resents Jack for wanting Red, but at the same time, he’s fighting his own lust for Jack. The three will have to figure out more than their relationships to keep Red safe from the Axeman.

When Red is targeted by a serial killer out for blood, the police department insists she have an officer on duty at all times to protect her. She never expects to be so attracted to the ultra-sexy detective Jack, drawn to him in a manner she cannot deny. To further complicate matters, her bi-sexual lover, Daniel, is also attracted to Jack, meaning things in her relationship are bound to get complicated. As they struggle to control their desires and fantasies, they’ll have to outwit a killer and learn to trust one another if they want to stay alive.

Riding The Wolf is a steamy and surreal erotic fantasy come to life. This isn’t your average werewolf tale but something else all together. From the moment the story begins, the reader is swept into a fantastical world in which becoming a werewolf can be done via the exchange of saliva or bodily fluids of any sort, which means that the stakes are high. It’s a unique premise and, while you’re aware of where things have to go, the journey remains both exciting and incredibly hot. It’s a constant dance -- will they or won’t they -- and the sexual tension is so stifling at times it’s difficult to breathe.

The mystery of the killer is nicely done and kept me on the edge of my seat, which was a nice distraction as the character development -- for me -- was a bit lacking. When the action starts, it doesn’t stop, and the result is a story with tight writing and a fast pace that is sure to captivate and entertain, but rushes into the emotional aspects that never quite make it to the finish line. You don’t get to know too much about Red or Daniel, aside from the fact that they are very liberated sexually, and the same goes for Jack. The three, quite literally, are thrust into a situation and are forced to acclimate if they want to survive.

With that said, Riding the Wolf is a story that paranormal enthusiasts are sure to devour. The sex is hot, the characters are lively, and the dark tone of the story gives it an edge many are sure to enjoy. If you’re looking for something with a whole lot of heat and pulse-pounding action, be sure to pencil this one onto your TBR list.

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