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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Renegade Passion by Loribelle Hunter

Renegade Passion by Loribelle Hunter
Forbidden Passions, book 4
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

No one can outfly the speed of fate.

Forbidden Passions, Book 4

As a member of the elite Messenger Corps, werebird Alexandra “Ajax” Petros is in her element. Under the protection of her people’s steadfast political neutrality, the only thing she can’t outfly are the secrets of her past—and her birthright as destined queen.

Which is exactly what she’s trying to do when she lands, literally, in the arms of a man with claws—and cold, methodical wits—as razor sharp as her own eagle talons.

For Nicodemus Leonidas, information is power. The journey into werebird territory to find out what happened to his father is a calculated risk, but nothing is more dangerous than his and Ajax’s instant, explosive chemistry. In the heat of the moment, he senses the stubbornly independent woman is his mate…and that she’s hiding something.

Evasive maneuvers do Ajax no good. Inexorably, Nico peels away her layers until he holds her very soul in his hands. And when she uncovers a plot to steal her throne, he is the one man with the power to force her to make the one choice she never wanted to face…

Prior to reading this story I had not heard of this author, but after reading it I will never forget her. The premise alone caught me at first glance. When I read about were-bird and a were-leopard in the blurb I knew I would have to read this story just to figure how that would work. I hadn’t anticipating falling in love with the characters, but that is exactly what happened.

Nicodemus (Nico) has all of the attributes I love and hate in an alpha male. Yes, he will protect his mate no matter what, and stand by her side, but he also demands submission both in the bedroom and outside. If you love male arrogance as much as I do, Nico will not disappoint. My only regret is that the story ended too soon because I could have read about his and Alexandra’s (Ajax) antics all day.

Submission is something a Queen like Ajax is not accustomed to nor is very good at. Yet she will not let that issue get in the way of their otherwise perfect matching. She has a way of leading without pushing that I love about her. Her life has not been one continuous happiness, but she has played the hand she was dealt and in the end does what is best for everyone. With Nico by her side she is able to find the strength she thought she had lost a long time ago.

One thing Nico is definitely master of is the bedroom. Wow, can he dominate a sexual experience for all participants -- readers included. I absolutely loved the erotic scenes in this story and could not wait to get to the next one. Especially because I think angry sex makes some of the best sex and Nico and Ajax take full advantage. It sure made me think about starting an arguement just to see what will happen next!

This is the fourth installment of this series, but only the first one I have ever read. This story reminded me of why I love doing book reviews. It gives me a chance to discover authors I may not have ever heard about, but cannot see my life without their stories now that I do know them. Thank you, Loribelle Hunter for proving such a high quality story.

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