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Monday, June 28, 2010

United Passion by Aubrey Ross



United Passion by Aubrey Ross
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

As a Pride leader, Maddox knows unification is the only chance the cat-shifters have of surviving the harsh conditions at Alpha Colony. His reputation for ruthlessness is well known, so the other pride leaders quickly fall in line.

Convinced any form of cooperation is unacceptable, Dyauna and her followers are determined to defy their human captors at every turn. Still, the rest of the rebels will accept unification if Maddox can recruit Dyauna.

Their relationship has always been tempestuous, but he knows how to make her purr. Her radical ideals once drove them apart, and he can't let it happen again. He'll take her captive for a few days and focus entirely on her pleasure. Then she'll be forced to admit they are meant to be together, just like the cat-shifter clans.

If you love someone you sometimes have to be willing to let them go and hope eventually they will come back. That is exactly what Maddox did. What he did not expect was for Dyauna to shut down her emotions so that she would not allow herself to miss him. When he realizes he made a mistake by allowing her to leave he has to figure out a way to bring her back even if she acts as if she doesn’t want to.

Dyauna’s inner strength is extremely admirable. She refused to sit back and allow people to mistreat her just because she was half lioness, half leopard. Normally this would force her into a position of weakness, since she is unable to breed cubs. Instead, she decided to earn respect by being as ruthless and cunning as any man around. This earned her not only the respect of her followers, but also Maddox.

The love story between Dyauna and Maddox did play out in the end, but the conflict between the keepers and the cat colonies, and the conflict with Izak was incomplete. While I understand why the conflict with the keepers is probably left for a future sequel to this story, I felt like the conflict with Izak should have had a better conclusion or at least a little more development. A lot of time was dedicated to these two conflicts in the beginning so at least one should have had somewhat of a distinct conclusion.

While Dyauna and Maddox’s relationship started off slow, once they started to make some progress it quickly drew me in. You could clearly tell that these two cared deeply for each other and that is part of what keep them apart. They both wanted what was best for the other even if that meant they wouldn't be together. I was just happy that Maddox realized the separation was not working and was willing to do anything to show Dyauna the best place for her - by his side. One thing is for sure the adventure had just begun between these two dynamic characters. I'm glad I got to go along for the ride.

1 comment:

Cyndi Friberg said...

Hi Peppermint,

Thanks for reviewing United Passion. I'm glad you enjoyed the romance, and I'm sorry you were frustrated by the serialized format. The entire series will be available this Friday (July 2nd) and I assure you all the plot conflicts have been resolved. :-)
Take care,
Cyndi (aka Aubrey Ross)