Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wheee, I'm giddy!

Check out the awesome gift I got this morning from the incredible Savanna Kougar!

What a way to start the day! Bast, Mari and I thank you, my dear!

Author Discovery ~ THE CHALLENGE by Serena Shay

Blurb: Marina Jamison is a mystery. As a half-breed shapeshifter, she lives on the fringe of were-jaguar society. Though her love for pride leader Bastian LaRue is forbidden, she finds herself tied to him by a bond stronger than their individual wills, a psychic link born from their one-night stand. When her secret is revealed, she is scorned and excluded. Neither Bastian nor the pride can accept a half-breed queen.

Okay, admittedly I have a hankerin’ swoonin’ thing for Ms. Shay’s hero. When it comes to his tenderer feelings and his most ferocious erotic desires, I adore an alpha who stands his ground, and Bastion did not disappoint.

This were-jaguar leader obviously needs a good woman and he doesn’t bother going into macho denial when he finds his mate. No, he owns up to it—definitely my kind of hero and always such sexy-goodness when reading an erotic romance.

Yes, Bastion has a little dysfunction problem when Marina abandons him for a very good reason, a secret she has to keep. Still, it’s his heart that is truly craving his beautiful were-mate, not just his admirable ability to satisfy her over and over.

I could vividly see Bastion in my imagination, both in his human form and his were-jaguar form, given Ms. Shay’s lovely and powerful descriptive voice. And, I could feel him, his need for Marina and his devastation when he loses her.

In fact, one of the most enjoyable elements of this story, is the author’s imaginative use of description and how she seamlessly wove her were-world into the contemporary world.

While Bastion did make a male-silly mistake in winning back his Marina, in the end he was there for her. Absolutely, it did my heart good when Ms. Shay’s heroine found the ‘fight’ inside herself, and the two destined mates finally walked the right path back to each other.

Savanna Kougar

Author of ~
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When a Good Angel Falls ~ In Print ~ available Siren-BookStrand Publishing
Tangerine Carnal Dreams ~ available Aspen Mountain Press
Murder by Hair Spray in Gardenia, New Atlantis ~ In Print ~ available Siren-BookStrand Publishing
Black Cat Beauty ~ available Liquid Silver Books
Her Insatiable Dark Heroes ~ In Print ~ available Siren-BookStrand Publishing
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