Fleeting Passions by Crystal Jordan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory
Love is the only thing she can’t escape…
Forbidden Passions, Book 3
Ecstatic that she’s found a place to hide—and a job—at Refuge Resort, Cleo Nemean toasts her escape a few too many times and ends up having a one-night stand with a seriously hot leopard shifter. The catch? It’s Adrian Leonidas, her new boss…and they accidentally mark each other as mates.
Nothing could be worse than losing her hard-won freedom. Until her werebear ex, Trevor, tracks her down. His obsession has already cost one life. Determined to never again be the cause of another death—especially Adrian’s—she flees the safety of the refuge. And her new mate’s protection.
Only Cleo has ever caused Adrian to lose his formidable control. Accidental or not, the lovely lion shifter is now his woman. He’s not about to let anything harm her before they’ve explored the undeniable heat between them. There’s only one way to eliminate the threat to her life: use her as bait to lure Trevor into a trap.
When the trap is sprung too soon, however, there’s no time to wonder if whoever tipped Trevor off is tied to his father’s disappearance. Not when there’s a gun pointed at Cleo’s head…
An alcohol induced night of passion ends in forever.
Adrian is leader of the were-leopards and a bit of a control freak. He parties a little to hearty with Cleo, who is celebrating her new found freedom and their one night stand leads to an accidental mating. Adrian is your typical alpha-male, strong, protective, he has a very short fuse and, as I mentioned, is a control freak. He has a lot on his plate, dealing with his family problems, having to take over leadership of the clan for his heartbroken brother and now dealing with a mate who's got a whole bushel of luggage herself.
Cleo is a strong yet delicate woman. She thought she was safe at the Refuge, and could start to build a new life. Then she wakes up, mated not just to a stranger but her boss. The nightmare becomes worse when her ex finds her and isn't happy about her leaving. Here's one thing that I questioned: Adrian has a pretty bad temper and, considering Cleo's abusive past, why wasn't she more scared of him?
Though it's a slightly predictable story, in that Cleo runs, Adrian chases and then everybody clashes, it does have a little twist I didn't see coming, which helped redeem the book. The plot does keep you reading and wanting to know what will happen. This is book three in this series and could be read as a stand alone. Overall this was a decent quick read.