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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Undeniable by Delilah Devlin

Undeniable by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Gladiolus

The best defense is no match for desire this hot…

Dark Frontier, Book 1

Kate McKinnon’s Sanctuary is an island of refuge in a western frontier shrouded in post-apocalyptic chaos. Her only escape from her crushing responsibilities is occasional radio contact with other pockets of survivors. Especially one man whose deep, raspy voice cuts through her exhaustion, straight to her heart. A man whose face she has only imagined.

When she and her ranch hands are surrounded by renegades, she doesn’t recognize the leader of the militaristic band that rescues them, but knows that voice.

Ty Bennett is already half in love with the human woman whose voice haunts his dreams. His impulsive offer to add muscle to the Sanctuary’s defenses is dangerous to them both. Helping her may redeem some of his sins, but proximity only increases his hunger to possess her—body, soul…and blood.

Without hesitation, she welcomes Ty and his men into the Sanctuary…only to discover the reason why they only ride at night. Yet the survival instinct that screams at her to drive them off is no match for Ty’s seductive powers. Or the need for protection from the threat that howls at Sanctuary’s gates.

It’s the end of the world as we know it. In Delilah Devlin’s newest novella, Undeniable, darkness has taken over. Humans fight to survive; standing against werewolves waiting at their doors. Food is scarce and trust is something that has to be earned.

Kate McKinnon knows this all too well. Her ranch, Sanctuary, is exactly as the name implies; a haven for those who need protection from the werewolves that kill without hesitation. Unfortunately, supplies are dwindling and it won’t be long before all of those who turn to her are starving. Assistance is offered by Ty Bennett, a man she’s maintained radio contact with for years. After she’s placed into danger, she has no choice but to accept the bargain he offers. He’ll transport her people to safety, but he demands one thing in return – her.

Ty Bennett isn’t entirely human, and he knows eventually he’ll have to tell Kate his secret. Despite his promise to see the people under her care to safety, he also knows he can’t keep his hands off the woman he’s dreamed about for years. Although she welcomes his touch, his embrace, and everything he has to offer physically, it’s her blood he yearns for most.

Undeniable has an interesting premise involving werewolves, vampires, and the western frontier. The beginning of the story sets the tone. The heroine, Kate, is strong-willed and determined to protect those under her care. The threat is very real, with werewolves devouring livestock she protects and keeping the people under her roof on the brink of starvation. When Ty arrives to rescue her from an attack by renegades, their chemistry is off the charts. He wants her, she wants him, and it’s obvious. Usually this is a good thing in erotic romance, as a hero and heroine who don’t deny their attraction to each other heighten anticipation. In this case, however, the lack of character development causes the story to become less about romance, more about sex, and leaves a lot to be desired.

Due to the length of the work, the reader is left to question how Ty was made, where he truly comes from, how things work at his compound, and what will happen when he takes Kate to a better, safer place. The reader is quite literally dropped into the story, forced to accept the situation, and is left with a cliffhanger ending that leaves everything open to chance. That being said there are positive aspects to Undeniable. The heat between Kate and Ty is scorching. The intimate scenes between the two sizzle, and the flame doesn’t stop burning until the last page is turned. The world Ms. Devlin has created is fascinating and pulls the reader into the story quickly. With witty dialogue and a fast pace, erotic romance enthusiasts will soar through Undeniable in one sitting.

Fans of paranormal romance with a western flair and a lot of sexual intensity are sure to enjoy Undeniable. Although many things are not clarified in the first story, perhaps they will be revealed later in the series.

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