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Monday, July 26, 2010

Twice Shy by Loribelle Hunt

Twice Shy by Loribelle Hunt
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Harper is a witch on the run and the road ends in the only place offering sanctuary, the Redhawke werewolf pack. But that safety comes with a price. They’ll protect her from the men hunting her, but not from themselves.

Jonas is a soldier, a defender of the pack. He wants a mate who can stand toe to toe with him. Mick can. Harper can’t. That doesn’t change the need, the craving he has for her and when Mick brings the three of them together, he can’t resist their collective charms.

But he'll have to protect them from the danger that comes stalking, or he'll lose her just as he discovers he can’t live without her. And he if doesn’t find a way to mend the mistakes of the past with Mick, Jonas may lose them both.

After reading Loribelle Hunt’s Once Bitten, I couldn’t wait to continue on with her second offering, Twice Shy. Steamy ménage is always a pleasure to read, especially when it involves suspense, danger, and a few unexpected surprises.

In this novella, we are introduced to familiar faces from Once Bitten, but on a much deeper level. Jonas and Mick are involved in a strained relationship. For one thing, Jonas refuses to allow the pack healer fully into his heart, and his unshakable feelings for Mick are being compounded by his attraction to the beautiful and brassy witch Harper, who has sought sanctuary with the pack. Mick, on the other hand, knows that the woman will bring them together as a trinity. He just has to convince Jonas to give her the chance to prove that she is woman enough to take the two of them on. Of course, this may or may not happen depending on Harper. If she’s not willing to partake in their joining of three, their relationship can never work.

From the beginning, you are introduced to the tension that exists between the characters. Jonas and Mick are on unlevel ground as Jonas continues keeping a part of himself from Mick, while Mick is struggling to give his lover time to lower his guard and reveal his true emotions. This tension only grows worse upon Harper’s arrival. They both identify her as what she is -- their mate -- but while Mick is eager to bring her into their home, the wary and brooding Jonas is not. It’s not difficult for Harper to pick up on Jonas’s animosity, which creates even more confusion and doubt. While she is attracted to both of the sexy men, she refuses to be anything less than an equal partner, and recognizes that with Jonas that may never be possible.

Elements of danger exist, but for the most part Twice Shy is a novella that centers on the three people, their conflicts, and the resolution that brings them together. The work itself is well written and fast paced, and the sex scenes sizzle. Aside from a few instances in which I was confused on who was doing what, I was able to enjoy the book from start to finish without ever putting it down. I should also mention that while it’s not necessary to read the first novella, Once Bitten, to follow along with Twice Shy, I’d recommend doing so if you’d like to have a full understanding of the key secondary characters and back story.

Paranormal romance fans searching for a wolf ménage with a touch of magic will definitely enjoy Twice Shy.

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