Stolen Passions by Crystal Jordan
Publisher:Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory
Forbidden Passions, Book 1
Lyra Marcus tries to avoid her werewolf family’s political entanglements. Instead, she heals the wounds of the never-ending border skirmishes between lycans and wereleopards. It’s a bitter irony that she’s about to die in that war.
When she awakens after an attack, the horror of her situation dawns. She’s a wounded werewolf in the middle of wereleopard territory. And standing over her is a son of its most powerful family, Zander Leonidas. Her fate may be a swift and bloody end, but she intends to go down fighting.
Zander has no plan to fight the little she-wolf who’s landed at his Refuge Resort, a place where shifter species are free to be what they are—except wolves, of course. Yet Lyra fits him in a way she shouldn’t, and the urge to mark her as his mate is irresistible. A match like theirs, though, would rock the foundations of their world.
He intends to find out who left Lyra for dead on Leonidas land. And keep her safe from whoever wants to finish the job—not to mention the werewolf alpha who wants his niece back at any cost…
A tale of forbidden love and attempted murder.
Lyra is a werewolf left for dead in were-leopard territory. Fortunately for her she's to strong-willed and stubborn to actually die. A strong alpha-female she goes head to head with the alpha-males in this book. I love how she gives them what-for, yet is still able to channel her feminine side when needed.
Zander is your typical strong, sexy, alpha-male. The connection between these two is instant and hot. Yet for the good of their families and species they try to fight their attraction leaving it at smoking hot sex and nothing more. I thought the war aspect was interesting, having the were-leopards and werewolves fighting. It reminded me of cats and dogs. I liked all the different types of were-creatures incorporated, it was a nice change from just werewolves.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was I didn't feel closure at the end, but this is the first book in the series so I hope it is explained in a later book. Still it had an HEA ending which did make me smile. The plot line was intriguing, I had to keep reading to find out how Lyra ended up half-dead in the desert and why. I wanted to know why an assassin was after her. Ms. Jordan had her timing perfect dropping hints and tidbits but never revealing her hand completely. This was an enjoyable book and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.