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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blind Heat by Nara Malone

Blind Heat by Nara Malone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Iris

Allie is determined to build an ordinary life. To survive, she needs to be the sort of woman no one notices. She has a generic job, lives in a generic apartment, and thinks maybe one day she’ll find an ordinary Joe who wants an average Jane sort of woman.

Marcus is anything but an ordinary Joe. Even if humans don’t know he’s a shifter and millennial being, he’s the sort of man women notice. A night of passion spent with Marcus is a night any female, human or Pantherian, won’t forget.

But Allie does forget. She repeatedly fails to recognize him even after an intense sexual encounter. Marcus discovers the source of her problem—face blindness, a genetic disorder with no cure. And he decides to use erotic rituals to teach her to see with more than her eyes. What he doesn’t count on is Allie seeing past the man—and recognizing the beast within.

Wow. Hot, complicated, detailed . . . and, oh yeah, did I say hot?

This is an intricate plot woven with plenty of details. The history of the Pantherian race is explained as well as a small back story to place our hero, Marcus, within the presence of our heroine, Allie. Admittedly, it gets a little convoluted at times, especially when other Pantherians call Marcus by his title, Magnus. Their shifting and ability to transport also make following the plot difficult to follow from time to time. However, reading the history provided before the story helps a whole lot.

The science involved in the plot made me uncomfortable at times. As I am not an expert in merging human DNA with animal DNA, anything described could be plausible. But uncomfortable is not necessarily bad. It also gives Marcus a purpose as well as an ethical dilema with which to struggle.

Allie’s “face-blindness” also is an area where I have limited knowledge. This, however, is explained fairly well within the plot (due to Marcus’ diligent research, of course). It's quite interesting to see the different techniques she uses and is taught to use throughout the story so that she can function within society and not have others know of her “disability”.

And the sex. . . oh yeah, there is plenty of it. It is hot, and it is detailed. But it also happens to be the basis of Allie and Marcus’ relationship. Marcus is definitely dominant in their relationship and exerts his power from the beginning. Their encounter in his garden involves a contraption I’m STILL not sure I have figured out!

While there were no menage scenes or multiple partners involved in this particular story, the Pantherian race requires two males and one female in order to concieve. It is plainly stated and hinted this may be the direction Allie and Marcus need to head. In addition, while not detailed, there's a brief description of a sex game several wolf-changer Pantherians engage in during which they “hunt” a human female for the purpose of sharing her sexually amongst all the males participating. Relationships are integral to the plot of this story. Allie’s father adds a “dangerous” twist to the plot, and her friends provide a loyal and protective barrier around her. Marcus’ friends and family do the same for him.

A beautifully written plot, a hot and growing relationship as well as interesting secondary characters make this a must-read for me. Pick this one up at your next chance . . . then set aside several hours because you won’t want to put this down once you start!

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