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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Valiant by Laurann Dohner

Valiant by Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi/fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (208 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Moonflower

Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way but she never imagined a sexy, lion man-beast in her future. He’s huge, got the most exotic, golden cat-eyes she’s ever seen, and she’s so terrified she’s speechless for the first time in her life. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too terrified to even flee.

Valiant hates humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he starts rethinking. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let her go. One thought will change his life. MINE!

Before Tammy can regain her senses, she’s flat on her back in Valiant’s bed. Now he just has to use every inch of his big, buff body to convince her that she should stay with him forever.

Valiant is an incredible addition to this brilliant series! There is a whole lot of GRRRRR going on...

I just adore the paranormal genre; vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc. I just can’t get enough of them. It sure would be nice to have some otherworldliness in our simple existence, but unless there really is a deeply hidden secret that they do exist, it likely won’t happen. If you sit back and really think of some of the crazy things scientists have done in the past, Ms. Dohner’s world CAN happen. Gene splicing is something that probably is being done as we speak. She addresses possibilities that are tantalizing and fresh.

New Species are genetically engineered beings that are human and animal. The were developed in a laboratory and treated cruelly until they were discovered and freed. Too different to be integrated into the general public, they have settled in two locations on the west coast. Hate groups and narrow-mindedness force them to live in protected private communities.

In the last book, Reservation was in the final stages of construction. It is a home for the New Species who are more animal then human. That is where we met Valiant, a New Species with a strong resemblance to a lion. He has very strong feline features and a purely animalistic temperament. He has no desire to deal with humans and all he wants is to be left alone. While he is lonely and desires a mate, he only wants to be mated to a big, strong, sturdy New Species female. That all changed when he scented Tammy.

One wrong turn and Tammy is face to face with a fiercely frightening man. She has never been more terrified in her life or more turned on. Unable to move let alone breathe, she is overwhelmed by this strangely perfect man. She is unable to control her body. With his eyes alone he renders her unable to form a coherent thought. Suddenly her life is in upheaval. Wildly attracted to Valiant, but confused about his intentions, she leaves him. Due to her involvement with the New Species her life is now in danger. Valiant will do anything in his power to protect her.

Tammy and Valiant’s meeting was electrifying; an amazing opening scene for the novel. It captured Valiant’s animal side and tendencies perfectly. While Tammy was rendered incoherent, Valiant was also blindsided. It was such a joy to watch the big man brought to his knees. When we first met Valiant he personified the inhabitants of the Wild Zone, the location on Reservation that was exclusively utilized by New Species that had little or no humanity in them. Valiant really was more beast then human, now he seems more New Species, the perfect blend of both animal and human. Ms. Dohner did an astonishing job with his transformation. He is possessive and overprotective, but he yearns to keep her and is willing to grow and learn to understand her. The big ones always fall the hardest!

I never found the storyline predictable. It was fresh and invigorating. Their existence is too new and threatening to humans. They have a long road to acceptance and it is clear that bad things will happen to them. Their homes will be attacked, humans associated to them will be threatened, New Species will be untrusting of humans and acceptance will be slow and painful. These are all common occurrences in all three books. I’m glad that Ms. Dohner hasn’t come up with unrealistic quick fixes and made their world all pansies and roses. It would read untrue and she would lose me as a reader. The New Species rock my world!

Valiant is easily my favorite book of the New Species series. One right after the other, these books are hot, erotic, and sexy and filled with passion and adventure. Dive into the possibilities, lose yourself in the fantasy and escape the boredom of your life. The New Species are waiting to capture your heart.

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