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- Publication date : April 1, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 770 KB
- Print length : 74 pages
- Publisher : Three Lakes Books (April 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00C5IH1NO
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,592 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Flanagan and her son Liam are being hunted by a demon. Her mate, Malcolm, was killed and she fled to save her son. She has been on the run and a step ahead of the demon.
Alex MacLaren has been appointed to protect Sarah and Liam. He is forced to go back to the house that he built with his own mate, Lisa. He is still reeling from her death eight years ago. His house is next to the river. It is important and easier to protect Sarah from his house by the river. Water confuses demons and he wants to buy as much time as possible. A complication pops up as his wolf self claims her as his true mate. Alex doesn’t believe it. He is a hell hound and she is a normal werewolf. Plus there is the issue of the demon. He is the only one who can protect her and Liam.
I really didn’t like the way this was written. It jumped around too much for me and the banter between the main characters made me roll my eyes. The language the author used at certain parts of the story was what got on my nerves the most. The actual storyline was an interesting one and probably would have made a cool novel. In this short novella things happened very fast and seemed thrown together. I have read better. I give it a 1 out of 5.
Alex is a werewolf, but with a twist. He's also a hell hound, a wolf that can channel the fires of the Underworld in order to defeat any of it's denizens that escape and threaten the world above. His former mate, also a hell hound but centuries older, left him to go and die by herself eight years ago. On the anniversary of her death, the sheriff calls him in for a special assignment, dictated by the Goddess Herself; to protect a werewolf mother and son on the run from a demon set on killing them and anyone in the way.
Sarah's village was attacked by demons while she was pregnant and they mutilated her and left her for dead. The rest of her pack, including her husband, was killed. She somehow survived and her son, Liam, now seems to have developed some in utero immunity to demon blood and is able to see their true forms, even when others cannot. The demons want them both killed and have been tracking them across the world from Ireland all the way to Colorado.
The minute Sarah and Alex meet, their inner wolves begin howling that they are "true mates", something very rarely encountered, the one true perfect match. Sarah doesn't want to listen. Everyone who's tried to help them fight the demon has ended up dead, and she couldn't have that be the case with a true mate. Alex isn't sure how he's supposed to kill the demon, but if the Goddess assigned this to him personally, then he knows it's within his special powers to do so, and he will do everything in his power to save his true mate and new son.
Heat factor hot.
I really enjoyed this short story introducing Cloudburst, Colorado, a series by Siobhan Muir. It was fast-paced with memorable characters, tantalizing love scenes and kick-ass fighting. What's not to love? I can't wait to read the other stories in this series.
It was a fast, fun read, introducing the reader to Muir's writing style which I found to be polished. The story premise was good--what drew me in. The world building was well done. The characters were interesting. The erotica was on the scorching end of the heat scale and took up a fair amount of the novella. It is Erotica, after all, but there's a spicy love story there too.
From the blurb:
Love can be found in the most unlikely places, even the heart of a Hell Hound.
Alex MacLaren figures he'll never find love again after his mate dies. As one of the rare Hell Hound werewolves, his chances are slim to none. And slim went home. When the local Morukai shaman calls on him to protect a lovely Irish werewolf and her young son from demons, he can't help but take the job.
Sarah Flanagan is desperate to save her son Liam from the deadly monster trailing them, but she's out of options and places to hide. She lost her mate the last time she encountered a demon, and with Liam depending on her, the stakes are far higher this time. After meeting Alex, she's not sure about the Hell Hound, but she's no fool. He's their best hope for survival... and hers for another chance at love.
Quick read. Erotica. Five stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Alex is a werewolf, with added Hellhound, whose mate went off to die alone eight years ago and he still mourns her. On the anniversary of her leaving, Alex is asked to help and protect Sarah, also a werewolf, and her son Liam, who have been on the run from a demon since they killed her mate and left her for dead six years ago. They are True Mates and this is a lovely story of loss and the hope for a future.
Although I really enjoyed this story and will look for more by this author, I do have a couple of gripes. The first one being that Sarah and her mate had apparently just discovered she was pregnant when the demons attacked, meaning that Liam is only 5 years old, and he's left alone in a strange house to take a bath?
The second is that several times, although I hesitate to actually call it a word, but for lack of a better description, the word 'init?' is used at the end of a sentence. Being English, not Irish as Sarah is so I can't say for certain, but having grown up and lived most of my life in an area as close to Ireland as you can get in England and which is heavily populated by Irish people, I've never heard anyone Irish use 'init?' instead of isn't it?. I have only ever heard this 'word' used on TV by gutter level, low-life wanna-be thugs in really bad gang programmes and films.
I would have given this short story 5 stars but have deducted 1 star for the gripes.
Alex is a hell hound and he's protecting Sarah and her son Liam both wolves from a demon. A lovely story of love and bonding. Some action in and out of the bedroom. I would read other books from this author.