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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Projected Pleasure by Jennifer Salaiz

Projected Pleasure by Jennifer Salaiz
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (159 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, M/F, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Now that Marley's adjusted to motherhood and becoming a wife, she can't fight the feelings building inside of her. She tries to hide her emotional status from Zachary and Cole, but how long will it last before they find out what she truly is? With trouble lurking in the dark forest surrounding the estate, she fears she might not be able to control her body's reactions from danger, or from her uncontrollable lust.

Cole's loved Marley from the moment he met her. In the months he's been searching for a mate all he can think about is his alpha's. Can they share what they once all had together, or will the order to find a partner ruin every hope he holds onto? As the changes erupt in Marley, he's willing to try anything possible to find out.

The pack is safe. Jordan, the rogue alpha is dead. Zachary and Marley have a wonderful future ahead with their son. Second in command Cole is out seeking his mate. So why is Marley afraid to leave the compound?

Seeing phantom shapes, and feeling like her skin is full of ants, Marley is afraid she’s going crazy. She loves her life with Zachary, but she also wants to share her life with another man, Cole. The only time she feels any peace is when she projects to be with Cole, and they share the passion that Zachary and Cole introduced her to.

When the pack is threatened once again, it adds to the pressure on Marley’s fragile control. Add in one would be mate with a hidden agenda, and the return of a threat though long gone, and Marley reaches her breaking point. Can Zachary, Cole and Marley find who is behind the threat to the pack, and to Marley’s sanity, before it’s too late? Will Cole be able to claim the one woman he loves as his mate, or will he be alone forever? Can these three, together, find the answers necessary to forge a secure future for all of them?

Jennifer Salaiz has taken us back to Marley, Zachary and Cole’s lives. This story continues the story, a short time after the first book, Passion Projected. Zachary has taught Marley how to project, leaving her body to visit both himself and Cole, for periods of passionate metaphysical sex.

The character of Marley is more complex in this book, first the slightly frightened new mother, told she’s suffering from the baby blues, to someone she isn’t sure she wants to be. I loved how Ms. Salaiz showed the slow progression of what Marley was feeling, building up to one of the best surprise revelations I’ve seen in a while. I loved the new, stronger Marley that emerged.

Zachary loves his wife, and is devoted to granting her wishes. If those wishes include Cole in their bed, he is fine with it. Zachary is the strong alpha male, distracted too often by pack business to be there when things go bad. And Cole realizes he loves Marley, and will do what it takes to stay in her life. These three are fantastic together, and I enjoyed the shared passion they had. There were several surprise twists about who was behind it all, and these kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I love when that happens in a story.

If you like your romance hot and ménage, with a side order of suspense, this is the one for you.

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