Rating: 4.5 of 5 kinks!
Review by Riane:
Ok, so it’s no secret that I love Cherise Sinclair. I read every one of her stories as soon as I can get my greedy little paws on them. After reading Hour of the Lion, I was very excited to know there would be a second book in the series. And now it’s here.
First, we meet Zeb and Shay. As Cahir’s that hunt hellhounds, their job is to go wherever they are needed. This means they rarely have time to develop relationships beyond their partnership with each other, and that’s exactly how they prefer it. When they get assigned to Cold Creek, they are placed in charge of getting the old wilderness lodge up and running again. When their first guest turns out to be a human female who is frightened of her own shadow but refuses to back down, the guys find themselves feeling unusually protective. When they also realize they are attracted to her, things get interesting.
After growing up in foster care, Breanne Gallagher has worked hard to create a stable home for herself and her foster sister. When a monster invades their apartment, Breanne is brutally attacked and her sister gruesomely murdered. With her life in shambles, she follows the only clues she has to her past in the hopes of rebuilding a new foundation for her life. When she meets the large men in charge of the lodge she’s staying at, she refuses to let her fear take over her life. The strange attraction she feels for them, well, she can refuse to acknowledge that too.
This book has it all. A great storyline, hot sex, good guys, bad guys, monsters and Alphas. The characters are multifaceted and I fell in love with them all just a bit… some more than others. The secondary characters were almost as well developed as the main characters. And ahh, there were some you just loved to hate… Ms Thyra can just step off.
There were a few times, ok, more than just a few, where I was yelling at a character or two. I just don’t get how characters who are so smart can turn around and do something so ridiculous. And I always find myself saying the same thing… just TALK to them/him/her/whoever!!! *sigh* But, we all do stupid things when we’re not thinking clearly, right?
The one thing that bothered me was given a bit of explanation toward the end of the book. But it did irk me enough until then that I’m going to include a note here. Keep in mind that just because you’re good at something in one form, doesn’t mean it easily translates into another form. And when you’re in an unfamiliar situation, training sometimes gets muddled behind emotions. I hope that’s mysterious enough that it doesn’t give anything away, but helps when the time comes.
The book took me longer to read than most of Ms Sinclair’s books. But I suspect part of that was things going on in my day to day life. I really need a “Do Not Disturb” sign to hang around my neck sometimes. I highly recommend this book. Especially if you’ve read and enjoyed Hour of the Lion. I do think you could read this as a standalone, but I think it would make more sense in order.