Panther Moon by Regina Carlysle
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (134 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, menage, anal sex, sex toys
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation
Running for her life, Chantrea Morgan, unmated and approaching her time of change, stumbles through the night only to be rescued by a gorgeous yet dangerous male. Blinded by instant recognition of her mate, she clings to him, her only means of salvation. Her body burns for him. Her heart aches with the need to be claimed by this wild Texas panther.
Hudson Cates, warrior of the Turquoise Moon tribe of shifters, saves his grieving mate and brings her home to claim her in the only way he can…with orgasmic pleasure, savage possession and a raw sensuality that is bred into their species. In a ritual as old as time, only he, aided by another male from their tribe, can help Trea embrace her panther beast.
How does a traumatized young panther shifter woman deal with the horror of being hunted by the drunken rednecks who have just shot and killed her parents? Especially when one look into the eyes of the magnificent man who happens to be there to save her reveals with sudden and shattering clarity that he is the one who will be her mate for life? The added shock of that recognition along with his irresistible scent overwhelms the desperate woman with a stunning surge of wildly thrilling sexual power that is natural when one of their species first meets their mates. Only the gentle nurturing and care of the gorgeous, sexy man can calm and heal the emotionally tortured young woman. He is everything she needs.
Ms. Carlysle has created a sweetly complex heroine in Chantrea Morgan. She is a study in contrasts, both feisty and vulnerable...an open-hearted, strong young woman who captured my interest and admiration. Trea is about to complete the dangerous and exciting change from woman to panther that all young ones of her species face. The lovely female shifter is brave, trusting and eager.
This change brings on violent episodes of elevated sexual heat which can go on for days or even weeks and is potentially fatal. Fortunately, she is in the capable, experienced and devoted arms and home of her newly found mate, Hudson Cates. Hudson, as is the custom of his kind, has chosen his best friend to be his second in the sexual transition of his long awaited and beloved mate. After Trea has completed the change to panther for the first time, the two will remain bound to each other alone for life.
Trea is also in the panther shifter tribe's territory among supportive friends and protectors. These shifters are committed to finding and bringing to justice the murderers of her parents, who continue to hunt her. I was fully engrossed and captivated by the community and lives of the panther tribe and the world that the author so skillfully and eloquently created. The love story was beautifully written and consuming in both it's tenderness and passion. I was also absorbed by the suspenseful plot which involved the violent, disgusting men they had to deal with.
This was one of the hottest books I've read in ages. I was really impressed with the intensity and passion between the characters, both sexually and romantically. Reading the unfolding of this sensitive and erotically powerful love story was truly a joy. If not for a few editing mistakes, I would have rated it higher. The quality of writing was excellent in every way... the story engrossing, the characters delicious, the sex scorching and wild. I was so drawn in by the characters' experiences that it was like living it myself.
I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you love a good paranormal romance. Panther Moon is the second in the series, Savage Sanctuary.