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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Feral by Wendy Stone

Feral by Wendy Stone
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (145 pages)
Other: M/F, M/M, M/F/M, anal sex, graphic violence
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

Two Vampires, a lion shifter and a Veterinarian, what’s strange about that?

Dr. Jenna Goodwin is dedicated to two things, her Veterinarian Clinic and her brother, maybe not in that order. So when her brother called, she came running. He’s presented her with a puzzle, one she is now eager to solve. Jacob was a prince. He’d been kidnapped and held by two rogue vampires that had used as a sex toy and a pin cushion. He’s gone a bit feral and Jenna sees something in his gleaming golden eyes that she can’t resist.

Can she find a way to bring him back and keep him safe from the vampires? Will he woo her into leaving everything she knows and coming away with him to his country? Only time can tell.

Jenna Goodwin's brother, Caleb finds a feral man named Jacob in the woods near his cabin. The man is covered with bite marks and serious injuries and seems more wild animal than man. Caleb brings him to the cabin and calls his sister, who has her own veterinarian practice, to come help the strange man. She calms him and treats his wounds, never getting a coherent sentence from him. But he does manager to tell her his name is Jacob.

Caleb, a local police officer, leaves the two alone believing that Jenna is capable of caring for the sleeping man on her own. Jenna curls up with the fascinating and beautiful man while he sleeps. She finds the mysterious stranger exciting and powerfully attractive. When two strange and frightening people come to the door, Jacob begs her not to let them in. He instructs her in halting speech not to let them know he is there or they will kill him. Jenna bans them from the land surrounding the cabin, watching as the two go up in flames and flee, screaming.

At Jacob's request she removes a small capsule-like sound chip from the back of his neck. He explains that the two are vampires and that the chip is how they were able to control him. It rendered him wild and insane, enabling them to torture him, experiment on him and drink his blood, forcing him to mindlessly do their bidding. Now that he is free of the chip, he is able to speak normally and acts as a man rather than the animal he had been.

It turns out that the weak, gorgeously masculine man in her brother's bed is the crown prince Jacob Strauss of Andorra, whose special charms are irresistible to Jenna. Vampires, Leenora and twin brother, L'Angston, will now need time and blood to recover from being formally banned from Caleb's land by Jenna. Removing the chip will help to free Jacob and his people from their evil rule.

There is a magnetic and insistently strong attraction between Jenna and Jacob which they indulge in as much as the weak and injured man is able.

There is so much more to this exciting story that I will let the readers discover. The author packed this story with fast-paced action, a fascinating plot and believable, interesting characters.

There is graphic violence -- some of it sexual in nature, which is not for the faint of heart. However, the love story is beautiful and wonderfully detailed in generous, moving prose. The erotic scenes are powerful, hot and sensually unusual.

All in all, an unusual and exiting read that kept me glued to the pages. I recommend it highly to those who don't mind the more gritty and violent aspects of the story. To me, the eloquent beauty of the romance made it well worth reading.

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