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Monday, November 1, 2010

Savage Transformation by Lexxie Couper

Savage Transformation by Lexxie Couper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Holly

She thought she had a life—until being hunted shows her she’s never really lived.

Savage Australia, Book 2

Jacqueline Huddart has spent her entire adult life on the run. Not from the law, or even a jealous lover. From herself—and what she is. That strategy works for her until a funeral demands she return to home ground, and her best friend disappears. Finding Delainie means Jackie must confront the truth…and accept the help of a mysterious, sexy-as-sin Texan.

Marshall Rourke isn’t the only one flying under the radar. He’s on an off-the-grid quest to track down a rogue ex-partner who hunts paranormal beings for the joy of the kill. Convincing the unexpectedly feisty Jackie to trust him isn’t easy, but there’s no better way to lure the hunter into the open than to dangle as unique a target as Jackie—the last Tasmanian Tiger shifter in existence.

Trouble is, Marshall hadn’t counted on Jackie’s brutal right cross. Or the fact that her simmering sexuality calls to his inner wolf on every imaginable level. And that the killer is about to use their desire to add them both to his trophy case…

Being hunted is never good. But when you are the last of a species long thought extinct, you will do whatever it takes to survive.

Jackie Huddart is a Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, the last of her kind. When the evil hunting her takes her best friend captive to lure her in, Jackie meets someone she can’t resist, and neither can her inner animal.

Marshall Rourke is the last of his kind as well, and all his plans to use Jackie to draw his ex-partner, Daevad Einar, out in the open fly out the window when he meets her. But both agree that they must find Delanie before they can deal with what is between them, no matter how hot it gets. What neither realizes is that they are up against a being more evil than either can imagine, one who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. And what he wants is Jackie and Marshall on his wall as trophies. Can Jackie find her friend and stay alive to be with Marshall? Can Marshall come to terms with finding his mate? And just what is Marshall, anyway?

Lexxie Couper has written a fast paced story, filled with danger, action and hot romance. I love the characters in this one, and the local color that Ms. Couper uses to give a feel for her land. Once I started this, I could not put it down. The story pulled me in and had me anxious to see how they beat Daevad Einar, and how they handled the heat building between them as well. The quick buildup of heat between Jackie and Marshall was fantastic, and I loved that, even in the midst of the search for Delanie, the only way they could prevent their inner selves from taking over was a bout of hot and steamy sex to take the edge off.

Jackie is the kind of character I like. She is a strong and determined woman, loyal to her friend, and not afraid to go after the bad guy to save her. I also liked that she was able to recognize her destined mate when he showed up, but was able to set that aside during the search. I loved that it was Jackie who discovered just what Einar was, not Marshall.

Marshall is a terrific hero, although he starts out with an agenda to use Jackie as bait to catch Einar. Once he meets her, his plans fall apart, and I enjoyed how he quickly changes his tactics. He is strong and honest, and feels a lot of guilt over what his ex-partner did, even though it wasn’t his fault.

This is such a wonderful story, rich in emotion and fast paced action. I hope Ms. Couper continues to write in this world for many more books to come. I would love to visit this land down under again, with more of these delicious characters. Yes, Jackie and Marshall find their happy ever after, although it is touch and go for a while. What are Marshall, and Einar, you ask? You’ll have to read this one to find out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This book and its companion Savage Retribution were fantastic. So glad to see it get a good review here. Linda J