Hot, Hard and Howling by Mari Freeman
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe
Nell Ambercroft hasn’t done anything wrong. Lately. So why is someone trying to kill her? When a horde of moths lead her to a puzzle box in her basement, the Demon Hafling knows she’s found a clue. The box has some serious mojo working, powerful enough to kill for…and Nell’s at the top of the hit list.
Enter Werewolf Trent Nicholas. As Prime for the area, it’s Trent’s job to protect Nell and investigate the crime. Nell knows he’d rather investigate her body, which is fine by her; she’s loved the man for years. While the sex is sizzling, Trent continues to go cold every time he leaves the warmth of her body.
Trent’s always wanted the spunky half-Demon, but the men in his family have a nasty habit of murdering their mates. He refuses to give in to his wolf’s need to claim Nell. If he doesn’t, she might not have to worry about a killer on the loose. She could die by Trent’s hand first…
Trent has been fighting his attraction to Nell for years but now she not only needs his help but also his protection. Will Trent put aside his fears and fight to keep Nell safe or will he run from his feelings as he has done in the past?
Hot, Hard and Howling is a great read with many characters that endear themselves to the reader. I especially liked Nell. She is half demon and one feisty woman. Nell fights for what she wants and those she loves. When she sees her chance to fight for Trent she takes it head on never looking back. Trent may be hiding his feelings for Nell with good reason but he can no longer help himself. He comes off as big and mean when it comes to Nell and her family but they all know he has a soft spot when it comes to Nell. I loved the intense emotions that these two had for each other. Watching their relationship build was a great read. No matter what Nell never gives up on her love for Trent and the two must count on that to carry them through to the end.
The author does a good job of showing their emotions and the paranormal side of the characters. I really enjoyed the way Nell’s demon side manifests itself as a dragon. The imagery of it was very intriguing and makes for a new and interesting view of the paranormal entities and their creatures. Right from the start of the book we see the charm of these characters. Each one is fascinating in their own way and I hope that they each get their stories told. A good plot and delightful characters makes this book an engaging story that should not be missed.