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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Irresistible by Annie Nicholas

Irresistible by Annie Nicholas
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Werewolves believe in soul mates. Sirens eat theirs.

Sirens, a mutation of mermaids, need sexual energy to survive. Marie Laframboise lost her only food source when her strip club burned down. Not wanting to kill any of her victims, she’d learned to glean the lust off her clients, and now she is starving. She can’t resist the temptation to invite herself to the singles shifter party held by local werewolf stud, Maxwell Cox, and feed.

Max doesn’t want a soul mate, but to his dismay, she shows up at his party. Just as Marie can’t resist the temptation to feed, Max can’t resist the instinctual urge to claim her. Marie has never wanted a relationship, but she can’t shake off Max’s pursuit. He offers her things she has only dreamed of, but she fears the hunger will turn those dreams into nightmares.

Her appetite is not one to mess with. Max thinks he’s found the perfect mate, but Marie may have found the perfect prey.

Marie Laframboise is a mermaid, but definitely not the Disney kind. As a siren, she needs sexual energy to survive. Shunned by her people for being a predator, her food source these days consists of land dwellers. The ocean, once her home, is now mostly used for her viewing enjoyment while Marie grows weary of living a lonely existence. The price of a relationship, even one based on sex, is too high so instead she becomes a voyeur to the desire and arousal of others to feed the hunger that rules her.

Maxwell Cox, infamous party playboy and horny werewolf, began fighting a losing battle the moment he saw Marie. His inner turmoil stems from the pull he feels for her as a soul mate and rejection of the idea of being tied to one person for the rest of his life. Now his insatiable desires work against him and his instinctive urges to claim her take control as he works to convince his hardheaded would-be mate that they belong together.

I loved how confident and sexually aware these two characters are. They know what they want from each other on a surface level, but anything deeper and their immediate urge is to resist. They both yearn for something more out of life and when they find it that's where the real battle of the sexes, wills, and species begins. Truly my only complaint is that the story went too fast and I would've loved to see more development on both the relationship and world building aspects, but everything else was pure enjoyment.

Readers will come for the visually sizzling cover, but stay for the intriguing storyline and erotic union of a werewolf and his siren.

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