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Monday, November 21, 2011

Coyote Whispers by Rhian Cahill

Coyote Whispers by Rhian Cahill
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (122 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Foxglove

“Doc” Gordie has tried to keep Steve McKenna at arm’s length, but the sexy coyote shifter is under her skin, in her blood and in her heart. No matter how much she fears what he makes her feel, she can’t bear to stay away. After he rescues her from a vicious attack, Gordie is helpless to deny the sizzling attraction burning between them.

There hasn’t been a day Steve has not wanted Doc in his bed, but bruised and bloody is not what he had in mind. The need for revenge is riding his coyote—almost as much as his aching desire to finally claim Doc as his own. But that will have to wait. He must first convince Doc the safest place for her is by his side. When a second attack draws them together, suppressed needs explode, leaving no doubt where they both belong. But danger is never far behind and Gordie is forced to make a fatal decision that could destroy all they’ve worked so hard to discover.

Rhian Cahill has added this new chapter to her Coyote Hunger series, and it is a marvelous, suspense filled read.

Steve McKenna wanted to get 'Doc' Gordie in his bed ever since he discovered she was his mate. Now she was there, but it was because she was attacked walking in the woods near his home, and Steve is determined to care for and protect her.

Doc has been fighting her attraction to Steve for more than three years, but after this latest episode, she is through fighting it. When the terror campaign against Doc accelerates, Steve moves her to his home, and they reveal everything to their friends, including the sheriff. Doc recognized her persecutor as Marcus, and he is now including them all in his ever-expanding plot against them.

Now that Doc has finally accepted Steve, can they stop Marcus and his campaign of terror? Can Doc move past the painful memories and accept the love Steve offers? Will she accept her coyote, and free her inner animal to be with Steve completely?

I love the richly detailed world of Whispering Springs, with its unique community of coyote shifters, all so well crafted and familiar. This story is edge-of-your-seat, fast paced action, with danger, suspense and sizzling hot passion mixed together for one major thrill ride.

Doc Gordie is smart, strong and determined to hold Steve at arms length for as long as possible. She knows he is her mate, but she just isn’t ready to commit to all that entails. When the tricks and attacks by Marcus start to escalate, she is smart enough to realize that she can no longer ignore what is between Steve and her, and surprised by how right it feels. I like Doc’s honestly, and her fierce loyalty and determination to stop everything before Marcus hurts one of the people she loves.

Steve McKenna has waited for Doc to accept his love for a long time. Steve is patient and understanding, and realizes she is worth waiting for. But once she is in danger, he becomes alert and protective, and lets her know the waiting is over. I like Steve and his determination to do what is best for Doc no matter what he wants or feels. Steve is loyal and strong, with a deep sense of honor that serves him well through his wait.

This story was worth the wait. It's a fast paced, passion filled tale, with danger lurking around every corner as first Doc, and then the rest of the group, become targets for the twisted mind of Marcus. The secondary characters in this are all familiar, and it is fun catching up with them. There is a side thread involving the sheriff, and I hope this means another book in the Coyote world Ms Cahill has created. There is a very sexy shower scene, written as only Ms. Cahill can, and a hard won happy ever after for Doc and Steve. But one word of caution: once you begin, you will need ice water and tissues at hand.

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