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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snared in Siberia by Allie Standifer

Snared in Siberia by Allie Standifer
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemp, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Dandelion

Twenty-nine years ago a young American couple adopted Nakia from a small town in southern Siberia, at the edge of Lake Baikal. Now she’s back, looking for answers to who she is and where she comes from.

Aleki remembers the babe his tribe sent away for her own protection. Little did he know she’d grow into such a sexy, desirable woman. Now he can’t keep his hands off her. But Nakia is determined to solve the mystery of her past—and the mystery behind her need for Aleki.

Third in the Erotic Escapes series, this story tells of Nakia, heroine gone home to see her ancestral land, and Aleki, a demon who's destined to be with her.

This story's strength is defintiely its sex scenes - hot, hot, and super-hot! From the moment they meet, Nakia and Aleki waste no time getting naked and enjoying each other every way possible. This author's strengths definitely lie in the explicit, believable, and off-the-charts love-making scenes. Nakia is a sweet if confused heroine who can't really understand her enormous attraction to Aleki, until she realizes who and what he is. Then, to his surprise, she's a willing and understanding mate who's eager to do everything she can to stay with him and realize her true destiny. Aleki, in turn, is both a driven and sensitive lover, and it's satisfying to see him find his soul mate once and for all.

Because this story is in the middle of a series, though, for me it was missing some plot elements, namely what draws these two characters together so strongly and immediately. In fact, on Nakia's first night in a strange new country, she deserts the one man who is kind to her simply because of Aleki's supposed draw. I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, probably because I had no background on Aleki or these lovers' destiny. Also, while the exposition in this story is terrific, the dialogue is less so. There's more than one piece of awkward dialogue here, which took away from the story's development.

I do recommend beginning at the first book if you're inclined to pick up this series, and for the love making scenes alone, it's worth it.

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