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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Passions Recalled by Loribelle Hunt

Passions Recalled by Loribelle Hunt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory

She ran straight into love’s arms…and he isn’t letting her go a second time.

Forbidden Passions, Book 2

When his mate and his father died in a freak accident, Jason Leonidas left home and became a park ranger in the Florida Panhandle. The distance and solitude suit him. After all, the less he cares, the less he hurts.

As a hurricane bears down on the coast, he races to secure and evacuate the park before conditions worsen. Just as that point of no return passes he discovers an injured and unconscious visitor. Celeste Lykaios, his mate…who died over a year ago.

Truth has turned Celeste’s world upside down. Not only did her family lie to Jason about her survival, they lied to her about his abandonment. And the new boyfriend she’d trusted is trying to kill her. Her only hope was to race into the teeth of the storm to find Jason. She almost made it.

As she and Jason unravel the betrayal that split them apart, the ragged strands reconnect, forming a fragile hope that their love can be salvaged. Out in the storm, the killer waits for a chance to make Celeste the stunning finale in a plan to overthrow the Lycan alpha…

“It is better to loved and lost...” may be a common saying, but I think Jason Leonidas would beg to differ. A year ago he lost his mate Celeste in a plane crash, along with his father. Or so he thought.

This book is full of lies, deceit and love. Celeste is a human living in the were-world, yet she still doesn't seem to know how it works. She believes that Jason abandoned her after the crash. Her family and almost new boyfriend have their own agendas. While Jason is supposed to be the leader of all were-leopards, I didn't get the super alpha-male vibe from him. Yes he's strong, handsome, and overly protective of his mate, but I didn't see the "touch her and die" mentality. He was much calmer than most weres.

Celeste has been though a life altering accident, and they mention how much she's changed quite a bit though out the book. I felt kind of bad for her really, after dealing with so much and finally coming to grips with her life, she's thrown for another loop. Now she's got all the lies and deceit to filter though so she can find the truth, you don't blame her for not trusting anyone.

While this is book two in the series, it could be read as a stand alone.
The twist and turns in the story will keep you flipping pages and the fact that it all happens during a hurricane just adds to the edge of your seat excitement. Ms Hunt did a wonderful job keeping in tone and voice of the first book and I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment.

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