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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Namesake by Marie Harte

Namesake by Marie Harte
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Multiple Partners, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone

In the year 2078, Cross Step, Kansas, is now home to strange portals called Voids. Norms (normal people), Voiders (those who came through the Voids) and Conduits (humans affected by the Voids) all live together, segregated from the rest of the world.

Vicki is a Conduit, a human with the psychic ability to tap into the energy around her. A mistake at a bar puts her under the scrutiny of one very hungry Ravager pack, werewolf-like Voiders who like what they see.

Eric isn’t just any Ravager, he’s Prime, the king of his clan. He takes what he wants, when he wants it—and he wants Vicki. It’ll take more than her sneaking, conniving and seductive ways to dissuade his interest. Because in Vicki, Eric and his packmates have something much more precious than a rare queen…they have a woman to love forever.

Victoria Fox may be a tough heroine but when it comes to her mate, she isn’t strong enough to resist Eric, the king of the Ravagers, which are werewolves. In this story of a war between clans, the erotic romance sizzles not only between Victoria and Eric but with Eric’s pack as well.

Victoria is a human but also a conduit, which makes her able to use psychic energy to her will to defend herself and other things. It makes her an irresistible mate for Eric, the leader of his clan. When she meets Eric for the first time, the attraction is instantaneous but couldn’t have come at a worse time since she is on her way to meet her brother during a retrieval mission but it sure does make his chasing her that much more fun.

Ms. Harte has an undeniable talent of making group sex (four men with one woman) not only incredibly hot but completely believable as well. When Victoria is taken to Eric’s compound, Victoria needs to claim not just Eric, but his guard Dom and two pack mates as well. Due to the small amount of females on this world, they are valuable and Victoria is a true treasure and exceptional with her talents.

This book was incredibly detailed and the sex was sinfully hot. But the beginning of this book is really fast paced and I felt I needed to read through it again to retain a lot of the details that made the rest of the book. It was like I was dropped in the middle of the action and I needed to catch up so I felt a little lost at first. But sticking with the book was absolutely worth it.

The ending tied up all of the loose ends for Victoria and her men with a beautiful HEA but there were other background pairings that didn’t quite seem finished off. Hopefully there will be more from this universe as I loved this world and was sad to see it go. This was an awesome, sexy story and I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Harte’s work.

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