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Monday, June 13, 2011

Edwina and the Seven Snowed-in Scientists by Rachel Clark

Edwina and the Seven Snowed-in Scientists by Rachel Clark
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (156 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M/M/M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

What the hell had she been thinking? Edwina hates the cold but ends up working in Antarctica as a helicopter pilot. When her chopper is sabotaged, she and her companions must somehow survive the harsh environment and walk to safety.

Kieran and Jake Kodi have a secret that means they aren't quite as lost as Edwina might think, but protecting the foul-mouthed, independent, quick-tempered woman will test their patience like never before. That's why it's so surprising to realize they want her as their mate.

Kieran, Calvin, Jake, Brian, Simon, Evan and Gary never really believed the seven brothers would all fall for the same woman—regardless of their heritage—yet when they meet Edwina all that changes.

But will the secret they harbor be more than Edwina wants to hear?

Edwina is a very busy lady in this book and readers are in for a plethora of erotic hijinks coupled with feather-light drama and suspense to heat up all that Arctic shivering.

Edwina has to be the mouthiest heroine I’ve ever been introduced to. Ms. Clark certainly has presented readers with a challenging and acerbic character. She confounds, exasperates and intrigues the heroes. That means she’s perfect for the role as their love interest. Certainly a bland, insipid and weak female would not have worked but the author outdid herself with the creation of Edwina Callahan. The courtship of the heroine is like watching a porcupine mating – careful and potentially dangerous. And yes feelings get hurt. But half the fun is watching them get soothed, stroked and explored.

The seven scientists are more than what they seem. There’s a really good reason why they are so effective at their chosen profession and the author explored that just enough for the plot to work. A reader will meet Jake and Kieran first and they play a huge role in some of the heroine’s initial internal angst. Each of the seven brothers is unique in how they talk, how they respond to Edwina’s stubbornness and what their sexual kink is. The guys also do it furry – sort of. I actually liked how the author approached that kind of action and how she handled it. It was fascinating and totally hot. I also liked how Ms. Clark gave the brothers their own time with Edwina so they could explore the relationship individually and then with more than one. There’s something for everyone and I never knew who was going to do what. I consider it a kind of sexual suspense – how many, when and where? But no matter if it’s Gary or Brian or one of the other brothers, the author made each encounter move the relationship forward.

Don’t get the impression that this story is short on heart. It’s not. There’s a lot of emotional juggling going on as all of them sort through what they expect from the relationship. It’s touch and go for all of the brothers, with mistakes being made, egos being bruised, tears being dried and fears being soothed. Without any of those feelings, the sexcapades wouldn’t have had much meaning or worth. I’m glad to say there was enough to satisfy me.

As for the conflict, it ends up being nefarious and quite a nice touch. I liked how it was presented step by step as the brothers slowly put the pieces together. Even though I figured out how and the why before it was actually revealed, the dramatic confrontation was pure entertainment. I just sat back and enjoyed it.

Edwina and the Seven Snowed-in Scientists is the book to read for adventurous erotic paranormal readers who enjoy a different type of furred beasty. It’s entertaining, fun, certainly inventive and at times very cute. I liked how Ms. Clark wrapped up the happily ever after because it left me with a warm glow. Some readers might think it’s a tad too pat but for me, it was just right. I felt happy and content with the ending and that’s good enough for me.

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