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Lone Paperback – May 12, 2009
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- Two men who are vastly different and yet equally protective of each other. Each uses his strengths to cover the other's weaknesses, and their devotion is touching.
- Interesting subversion of the dominant/submissive dichotomy. This isn't BDSM; there are no toys, no bondage, no whipping, etc. But the werewolf stories I've read in the past (not that I've read many, I admit) have incorporated a fairly rigid idea of the sexual roles of the two characters. Those roles are stretched and explored in this story, which I found compelling.
- Additional, intriguing element to the typical werewolf-human love story. Again, I haven't read much fiction about changelings, so it could be that Seth's nature isn't really that unusual in werewolf stories, but I enjoyed it.
- Lovely, entertaining interaction between the two main characters and Rafe's family when he takes Seth home for the first time. I enjoyed that part of the story very much.
- At times I felt that Seth's doglike nature was taken a bit far. It's not a book ruiner, by any means, but a few too many simplistic, Tarzan-like sentences (example: "Rafe mad at Seth?") began to grate just a touch.
- Sex scenes that didn't do much of anything for me...except make me cringe when one of the guys asks the other to stop and it doesn't happen. No, it's not *quite* rape, because the protests don't last long and the one who's being taken enjoys every minute of it, or so we're told, but yikes.
- Quite a bit of jealousy and self-loathing and despair and other angsty feelings that always make me a little uneasy.
Overall comments: This is a good book, as is evidenced by the fact that I read it in one day. I found the plot more interesting than most other books in this genre, if only because it contains some elements I haven't encountered in any other stories (yet, anyway). It isn't a sweet, light-hearted, "everything's coming up roses" novel, though, so you might rethink this one if you're looking for romantic comedy.
Seems as if some reviewers didn't understand that Seth had been "lone -" not "alone -" his whole life until Rafe. There were no other "Ravagers" he could join with. Seth never knew what love was and the only person to show him that was a "human" named Rafe. This is why Seth acted more animal (dog-like) than human; "emotions" was a word Seth didn't understand, so he certainly wouldn't know what "love" meant either! As far as paranormal stories go, if a werewolf, vampire, or other shapeshifter takes a human as a "mate," that human most of the time, must be converted to a shapeshifter also. Seth couldn't convert Rafe.
Another thing that I wanted to mention to my fellow readers, is please, remember that this is FANTASY and you know that in order to enjoy any paranormal or sci-fi romance, you must mentally submit to that world (see it), and believe it - at least for the time it takes you to finish the book!!! ;-) I know for many of you this story was less "erotic" romance and more "paranormal romance," so that could have been the reason why some of you didn't enjoy it.
Finally, those who decide to purchase this book and immerse yourselves into this otherworldly adventure, prepare to be swept away into a story of loving your partner no matter who they are or where they may come from - despite the difficult circumstances...!
Until next time! ;-)
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