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Prey (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – September 2, 2008
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**** Fast paced action and romance that is hot, but not graphic make this a winning romantic thriller. Though the were aspect is definitely important, it does not overwhelm the main story; you get the feeling that the lycanthropes are humans who can change more than that they are animals who are human when they have to be. It's a refreshing change of tone and once again, this promising, relatively new author lives up to her past success. Thrills abound on every page and the writing is both strong and powerful. Easily, you can read this in one round, it is so vigorously paced and intriguing. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
The sentences have a staccato feel to them as of they were put together with an eye towards how short they can be. This inturrupts the flow of the book and is annoying to read. Conversations between persons also felt stilted and forced.
Alhough I felt that the concept was OK -not very orginal- there were a few explainations that fel to convenient. Like for example the fact that the Russian blues could shapeshift back and forth without loosing their clothes because they were givien this as a gift by some good... and then you read a few more pages and get exactly the same explaination for the reason the Main Coons have this same ability. It seems that the author simply could not be bothered to come up with a diffierent explanation.
I realize that some of this will look like nit-picking as I am not critizicing the plot line it self. The thing was that to me these points (and a few others I have not mentioned) stood out inturrupted my enjoyment of the story and prevented me from actually liking it.
I think that if this book had had a better editor these problems could have been avoided -but I have to say; I will not be buying more of these books. there are so many other better stories out there where the main characters are not continually fighting their urge to 'go' werecat.
+++please ignore the spelling mistakes I did not have a spellchecker available :)++++
Pavel Federov is a surveillance expert who runs his own firm. Pavel is a Russian Blue Werecat who can pick and choose which assignments to take. When he is contacted concerning the problems with Vivian and her shop, Pavel agrees to talk because they are a reference from a very good client. Something is seriously off with the breakins and the surveillance that seems to be happening, but Pavel can't seem to put his finger on what is behind it because nothing can be pointed at as the cause.
The attraction that Pavel and Vivian experience is unexpected because all clans have a taboo about mating with Werecats out of your own clan. That just doesn't seem to matter to either Vivian or Pavel the more they learn about each other. That is background to the danger that is discovered when Vivian's brother discovers an historical idol. Now, the what is known and so Pavel, Vivian and others just have to discover the who, how and why. Inter clan problems with both Pavel and Vivian's clans seem to be happening at the same time - is this just a coincidence or can this also somehow be involved?
Clans of Werecats, ancient religious idols, death and passion are some words to what can be found in Prey. Vivian has always taken her responsibilities in the clan seriously, but she has also made sure to keep those decisions that are hers alone to make. Pavel immigrated to New York after suffering a major loss and now he runs a security company. Pavel and Vivian are brought together by danger and a stolen idol. It will take both passion and determination to put things the way they should be and keep them together. I was intrigued with all the very intricate subplots that were going on at the same time. Vivian and Pavel know what they want and are going to make sure they fight for it. The intense feelings that both felt not only for the other but also for their clans and just their strong core of what was right and wrong was enough to keep me wanting to know what was next. As I said in the beginning, Prey has everything a good who-done-it should have and to top it off there is a happy ending that will let you purr.
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed