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On the Prowl: A Novel of The Others Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“Warren's latest novel centers around the Tiguri family, a race of shapeshifting tigers. Readers will be immersed in a world of fantasy and the supernatural filled with otherworldly beings in constant conflict. Add to that a passionate romance mingled with an aura of mystery, and readers are left with one amazingly good story.” ―RT Book Reviews on On the Prowl
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In the dangerously alluring world of the Others, New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren unleashes one woman's wildest desire―to tame the man of her dreams…
Most girls would throw a fit if their parents tried to set up an arranged marriage for them. It's so outrageously old-fashioned―even for a Tiguri family, members of a fierce race of shapeshifting weretigers. But Saskia isn't getting her claws out just yet. She'll go through with this marriage to help unite two powerful families―and because her husband-to-be Nicolas Preda is the sexiest, hunkiest, and only man she's ever wanted…
ON THE PROWL
Of course, marrying an alpha male like Nic comes with its share of danger. As leader of his Streak and head of a global corporation, Nic and his new fiancée must take their places in the jungles of Manhattan―and the local Others seem to have a strict "no pets" policy. In fact, the Council seems to think the Tiguri are at the root of all their problems, including an attempt on the life of its leader. If Nic hopes to protect his name and his mate, it's hunt or be hunted―and he can't do it alone. But if anyone can bring out the beast in him, it's the sexy, savage tigress he's sworn to love…
"A tantalizing world of dark fantasies come to life."―Night Owl Romance
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I usually walk away from Christine Warren's books feeling really good and ready to read another one. This time was no different.
This book did have a lot that I enjoyed. The arranged marriage idea, the crime and mystery aspects, and the characters being well formed were all major high points to me. In fact, I loved this book in the beginning. It seemed refreshing with marital problems that seemed to fit not only in a story, but in real life. I even thought Nicolas was interesting because I liked that he struggled with being logical and with his passion over Saskia. His and Saskia's arguments were great. The fact that they didn't start out as a love-struck, ridiculous couple was refreshing. They had issues and I was excited to read how they would fix their problems.
Unfortunately, about the time when Nicolas ran out of the building to clear his head is when the story went downhill for me. He came back to Saskia as a completely different guy. After he talked with Saskia (in a conversation that seemed way too cheesy and ridged), all their problems just disappeared. I felt like the author didn't want to deal with straightening out their marriage and the framing of Nicolas at the same time, so she fixed one and then the other. I couldn't get into the story because it didn't flow. It was too awkward. That includes the dialogue. The characters' ways of speaking was not right in some parts. Too formal maybe.
That brings me to the characters. Nicolas was a jerk. I actually didn't mind that. He at least had his reasons for being like that, sort of. I also thought it was funny. Saskia was complicated. Since she didn't know what she was like (it annoyed me that she and Corinne actually had a conversation about this), I didn't know what kind of person she was. I guess that made her complex, which was nice, but a little disconnecting. Now I never read NOT YOUR ORDINARY FAERIE TALE with Corinne in it, but maybe if I had I would have a different opinion of the woman. In this book, however, I found her incredibly annoying. Was she a terrible person? No, but she was nosey and pushy. She actually admitted to being this way with the excuse of being a reporter.
Overall, Warren is a good writer. There is intelligence in every page. I didn't feel like I was wasting away brain cells reading it anyway. There were some really sweet parts and a few intense ones. I am disappointed I couldn't enjoy this book more, but I don't regret buying it.
I generally like Christine Warren's books. Unfortunately, I found this book to be uneven and oddly paced. It was okay- romance wise. It had some appearances by some of our favorite characters. I was confused as to where this fit into her timeline because that wasn't made clear.
The book starts off at a fast pace right into the middle of the story with two new characters in a familiar Others' universe. I liked the new species of Other- made for a decent addition.
Fast Pace continues. Bam! We have fairly decent romantic tension. They are indubitably together and attracted to each other but they are at absolute cross purposes, relationship wise.
Fast Pace continues and we have our external suspense/mystery. Okay, all good. It is a decent side story and it fits well into the character's relationship and their tension with each other and negotiating their relationship.
And then.... fizzle. They have a huge fight, he takes a walk, and when he comes home it appears that every single one of his reasons for their conflict have completely evaporated. Sure, we get a little lip service about him being protective (He doesn't want anyone seeing his fiancee naked! Positively medieval!) But, all that ass-hattery that he was spouting at the start of the book about what he wanted from a relationship apparently dissolved with no conflict- internal or external. He went from cold and controlled to warm and gooey in the narrative but it never felt all that realistic. It was like they edited about three months out of their relationship. Yes, sex in romance novels is supposed to be good, but, if the sex is actually "magic sex", the author has to tell us that.
And they have a lot of sex in the middle of the book and are apparently totally copacetic.
And, then, in what feels like the final ten pages, the suspense plot amps up and is solved by our heroine in three pages and everything is resolved in another two pages. And all the prejudice and suspicion and distrust just waft away like pixie dust.
Like I said, uneven and the pacing felt jerky. It left me not all that keen on the hero. The heroine, Saskia, was so much more relate-able. She was a very normal and sensible character. She didn't turn into another character between one paragraph and the next.