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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Worth the Risk by Savannah Stuart

Worth the Risk (Book 2 of the Miami Scorcher Series)by Savannah Stuart
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Worth the Risk, book two in the Miami Scorcher series, can be read as a stand-alone.

Marisol has one goal in life—kill the man who murdered her pack. But when she meets alpha werewolf Stephan and realizes he’s her mate, all her carefully laid plans dissipate in seconds. By all accounts, she should hate Stephan and everything he stands for. Unfortunately, every time the dominating wolf gets close, she can’t deny her growing attraction for the last man in the world she expected to want.

Undercover DEA agent Stephan is about to make the biggest bust of his career, but everything that can go wrong does. He never expected to discover his mate while on the job. She saves his life and his cover when he almost shifts in the middle of a crowded Miami nightclub, but that doesn’t mean he trusts her. The clock is ticking and if he doesn’t figure out what secrets the sexy vixen is keeping from him, he might lose his job—and his life.

Author Savannah Stuart has such a gift with characterization and plot I looked for the third installment of this series as soon as I read the last word of this story.

The fact that these characters were so flawed made them that much more believable. Stephan could not tell or disclose to Marisol who he really was since he was deep undercover and didn’t know if she was an enemy. Marisol had seen Stephan as a means to an end in her mission to avenge her family’s deaths. You would think since their relationship was founded on deceit it would be destined to go bad, but they could not stop themselves from caring for one another, which gave them a glimpse of hope.

These werewolves were not just wolves in name. In many werewolf stories the author does not fully embrace the wolf within the characters. In this story the author clearly did her homework on wolf behavior and tried to incorporate as much of her research and knowledge into the story. I especially think this was clear in the fact that Marisol had to submit to Stephan during their bonding. I thought this was a great touch and made the werewolves a little more plausible.

The supporting cast of this story was nothing to be ignored. Whether it was Stephan’s brothers, or Paz, the secondary characters in this story popped as much as the main characters. One thing I do have to say is that the author should have mentioned somewhere that this is a sequel. As a reader I was eventually able to pick it up, especially since I am a serial series reader. There are a few conversations involving the secondary characters, mainly Stephan’s family, that had little inside comments based on the previous story. I did not read the previous story so these few comments didn’t necessarily make sense to me, but this story still stood on its own. I did not feel as if I was missing any of the plot or story because I had not read the previous one. It did however leave me feeling like I needed to go back and read the previous story for pure enjoyment, which I am sure the author will be happy to hear.

One scene that I felt I had to mention in my review is the bathroom scene. It had the right amount of danger, anger and eroticism. If I had to rate angry sex scenes in all of the stories I have read, this is number one. Stephan was angry at Marisol for lying to him, yet he still knew he had to protect her. This emotional combination created a wild aphrodisiac which even I felt. The emotions ran so high I thought I was a voyeur hiding in one of the bathroom stalls watching the scene play out in front of me.

Stories that have multiple antagonist/conflicts have a little more richness to them that many times can distinguish a good story from a great story. In real life there is not usually one individual villain so why should their only be one in a book. I felt this story was great and I gave it 5 cherries.

1 comment:

Savannah Stuart said...

Thank you so much for the review, Peppermint. I love that you mentioned the bathroom scene. It was a favorite of mine to write and I'm glad you appreciated it :)