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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Long Howl Good Night by Delilah Devlin

A Long Howl Good Night by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (68 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Anal play/sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Werewolf Aila Mack is ready to get her groove on during a full moon. She’s a part-time hooker because she prefers to keep her liaisons strictly about the sex. She’s had a taste of were-domination and prefers to be in charge of her own destiny.

Brothers Kynan and Jack Parker are on a mission. Their species is in need of breedable females. When the Dark Mountain clan finds a sex agency dealing in female werewolves, they aren’t happy women are selling their bodies in order to take care of their monthly itch. They take action when it’s discovered there’s a fertile female in the agency’s stable.

Kynan and Jack are given the job of bringing home their mate but discover quickly there’s more going on beneath the surface than simply a stubborn female who refuses to be collared. Aila’s tempted as never before, as the brothers, one gentle and one fiercely intense, peel away the hard shell surrounding her Wolfen heart.

“Her destiny was her own to fulfill..” and for Aila Mack that destiny did not include a mate, much less two. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on who you asked, for Aila she was a much sought after breeder wolf. Packs wanted her fertile womb and men wanted her curvaceous body. Brothers Jack and Kynan Parker have come to realize that the young female shifter they were sent to contact and protect is actually their mate. She’s guaranteed to be difficult and they’re guaranteed to be determined to claim their own.

Ms. Devlin has penned a gritty little novella that begs the question: what does a female wolf in heat do when she doesn’t want a mate but REALLY needs to scratch that itch brought on by a full moon? In the case of Aila and many other eligible females, they turn to the owner of Howl At The Moon to hook them up for a weekend fling with no strings attached.

I’m usually pretty good at creating the characters of a story in my head based on the author descriptions. In the case of A Long Howl Goodnight, Ms. Devlin had the added bonus of a terrific cover that depicts frontal views of the heroes. The models the cover artist picked were perfect and it brought an additional sense of reality to the story. Jack is the brother who is rougher around the edges and it shows in his intensity and gruff demeanor. Kynan is more gentle but no less determined to show Aila that she wants and needs what they can provide, namely safety, security, devotion and hopefully love. Aila has plenty of reason to not trust these men. You’ll have to read the book though to see just how her men finally convince her they are worth her surrender.

A Long Howl Goodnight is a part of Ms. Devlin’s wildly popular My Immortal Knight series. The plot is well developed as are the characters. This short story may not be long on pages but don’t let it fool you. It’s jam packed full of tension-filled sexy goodness that will leave you reaching for a fan!

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