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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Longed for Hunger by Marisa Chenery

Longed for Hunger by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (123 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

Denger is a hunter, spending his nights on the streets of Phoenix fighting the undead who threaten unknowing humans. It’s in his blood. It’s what he knows. But a new knowledge has taken hold. Like other warriors before him, he must hunt for a different kind of prey altogether. His mate. Once he finds her, nothing will keep him from claiming what is his. Nothing but her, that is.

After the death of her husband three years ago, Nyx is content to spend her evenings at home, wrapped up in the vampire romance novels she loves. But when she collides, literally, with a man who could have stepped out of the pages of one of her books, she begins to think living her love life through romantic tales may not be the way to go. But as with any good story, there’s a plot twist. Once she discovers Denger’s true nature, she must decide if she can risk her heart and live a life where truth is stranger than fiction.

He’s not the type of man to idly wait for what he wants; he goes after it. She’s not the type of woman who makes decisions lightly; when she makes up her mind she goes all the way. Together, they have to the potential for an eternal love most people only dream about.

Denger is one of Ra’s Chosen. An immortal warrior who protects humanity from the evil god Apep’s undead. He loves his job, lives for the kill. But sometimes being an immortal makes for a lonely life. Sure, he has his fellow warriors, six in all. And they share a home—which is actually a warehouse made into an impenetrable fortress—but he wants what two of his brothers in arms, have: a mate. Ra has decreed all six will find a perfect woman to share their immortal life with. Well Denger isn’t about to sit back and wait for her to fall in his lap. He’s ready to hunt her down, so to speak.

Nyx has spent three years trying to get over the death of her husband. Yet, despite the elapsed time, she just isn’t ready to move on. Or so she thought. When she bounces off the front of what feels like a brick wall and comes face to face with the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she wonders if her celibacy isn’t about to end. Despite her mourning, what woman could resist a six and a half foot tall man of solid muscle, waist-length black hair, and mesmerizing gold eyes?

This is book three out of Ms. Chenery’s Ra’s Chosen series, and just like the others, she doesn’t disappoint. I have loved getting to know each of her six warriors and their mates thus far. While the ultimate goal of each book is the same—the warrior finding his woman and convincing her that she’s been chosen to be his immortal mate—she’s gone about the plot differently for each book, making each equally enthralling. The author has continues to show expertise in her use of grammar, punctuation, and point of view. There were a few editing errors—a word used twice in a row, a word missing in a few places, but nothing that really detracts from the story itself. I think Ms. Chenery did a better job with character dialect in this story than the previous two and once again managed to incorporate some mind-blowing sex.

If you’ve made it through books one and two, don’t stop now. Marisa Chenery has once again penned an enticing tale with her gorgeous warriors and their saucy women. Book three is a tale you won’t regret diving in to.

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