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Friday, January 7, 2011

Feral Heat by Elizabeth Black

Feral Heat by Elizabeth Black
Publisher: Romance Divine LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (73 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Grant and Sam were more than lovers; they shared a special secret. They also shared Grant’s roommate, Amelia, who was beginning to get suspicious about the two hunky males who disappeared every month. The sexy trio was not without their crises: Grant and Sam had a curse that continued to dog them, and Amelia’s soon-to-be ex had a bite that was as bad as his bark. It’s a howlin’ sexy time when author Elizabeth Black turns up the – Feral Heat.

Romance readers who are in the mood for a story high in erotic pleasures will surely find what they are looking for in Feral Heat.

This story takes place at the time the heroine, Amelia, is at a crossroads in her life. She wants to stand up against her slime ball of an ex-husband but he uses their child as a stick to beat her down. Financially she’s in a hard place because he’s messing with that too. There are real women out there who face this everyday but what they don’t have is a roommate like Grant and his best friend, Sam.

Amelia isn’t afraid of expressing either verbally or physically what she needs. After a long drought of denying herself or being denied, she’s coming into her own with a vengeance. She’s respectful about her having her son with her so all of the story’s action occurs when he’s not around, and the reason for that is plausible. Because this is a short story, the action starts off pretty quickly so it starts delivering on its sexy promise as soon as Grant comforts Amelia from her ex-husband’s latest threat. A reader can see that there is more between them and up until that point, they held off. The gloves -- or in this case, the clothes -- come off and Amelia is up for anything. Of course, this being a paranormal story as well, ‘anything’ ends up being a bit more than she bargained for. I liked how the author presented the truth to her and how
Ms. Black had her react. Again, believable enough to get that part out of the way so the good stuff can follow. And wow, is it good.

Grant and Sam both want Amelia and are quite inventive. Ms. Black has the heroes exhibit a very interesting side affect when they are in their most heightened state of arousal, and I really liked that addition. I thought it different and unique and it worked for me.

As much as I liked the fact that Grant and Sam stepped up to the plate and faced Amelia’s ex-husband in a very forceful way -- and I’m sure many woman wished someone would do that for them -- I think it bordered on juvenile. It might have been the dialogue or the extent of what they did, or perhaps the line was crossed at the door encounter, I’m not sure but something didn’t feel smooth to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad something was done and the ex-husband deserved it; the author made that very clear. I just wished Grant and Sam’s actions were more controlled and alpha-like instead of being reminiscent of spontaneous frat boy antics.

The one place the men excelled and the author outdid herself were the scenes exploring in exciting detail the physical relationship between Amelia, Grant and Sam. That delivers and satisfies on every level and is a strong bit of writing.

Feral Heat is well worth diving into for readers who like werewolf romance stories with a seductive and furry edge. I was entertained and quite happy to get to know Grant and Sam and even Grant’s pet dog was sort of cute in a loopy way. There’s a lot to like in this book and I’m certainly glad I read it.

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