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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Soul Hunger by Marisa Chenery

Soul Hunger by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (183 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

As one of Ra’s Chosen warriors, Mehen must protect mortals from the undead who hunt them. Gifted by the sun god Ra, Mehen has never struggled with the task—until he saves a woman from three undead, and finds himself in need of saving. Something about the woman stirs him, and he’s consumed by his need not only for her body, but also her blood.

Blythe may have been saved by the mysterious man, but her reaction to the feel of his arms around her and the way his eyes wander to her neck don’t make her feel much safer. When she’s taken to his headquarters against her will, she finds herself a prisoner. But when he unleashes passion unlike any she’s ever known, she realizes she’ll do anything to stay imprisoned.

But Blythe is not who she seems. And Mehen finds himself in the fight of his life to save the woman he loves from the evil that yearns to possess her.

Can love really conquer all between woman and man, even when mortality threatens to separate them in end? Or when the gods of good and evil blur the lines even more?

One of Ra’s chosen, Mehen, leads his fellow warriors in the fight against the undead and the protection of mortals. He’s lived hundreds of years knowing what his duty entails and has accepted the loneliness that comes with it. That is, until he saves a feisty young woman from three undead and suddenly his emotions, desire, and bloodlust kick in to overdrive. When he begins to crave more blood than he should, develops a sense of protectiveness for Blythe that borders on ridiculous, and when Ra refuses to answer his calls, he knows he in deep trouble.

Recently out of a bad marriage, Blythe trusts no man and is enjoying her sense of freedom, despite her financial hardship. When Mehen roars into her life on his sporty motorcycle all muscle, might, and pig-headedness, she’s not sure she’s ready to fall for his good looks and easy charm. It’ll take a whole lot of effort on his part to break through her barriers and win her heart.

I really enjoyed Soul Hunger. The characters were easy to fall for and the action grabs you right from the start. The secondary characters really give depth to the plot and open the door for future books. I couldn’t help but feel jealous of Blythe. Who wouldn’t want to be a lone female in the secure headquarters of six gorgeous warriors chosen by the sun god himself? Lucky girl. There were only a few editing mistakes (missing words) that caught my eye and some of the diaglogue seemed too wordy or mechanical at times. There were a few times when I wanted to throw something heavy at Mehen’s head, but other than that, I enjoyed every page from beginning to end.

If you’d like to see one lone woman take on half-a-dozen brawny warriors and have them practically eating out of her hand before she’s through, then pick up a copy of Soul Hunger. It’ll leave you hungry for the next story in Ms. Chenery’s creative and entertaining warrior series, Ra’s Chosen.

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