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Green-Eyed Pirate Meets Coffee Server
Naturally, due to the intense physical attraction between our two intrepid protagonists, the lovemaking can never be too far away. Inevitabitably, the urge to merge is described in vivid detail, to the delight and pleasure of both partners (and the reader, too!). This forms part of the crux of the story; the remainder is inherently wrapped up in other relevant subplots (mutual danger from an adversary; elements of nature; a moral crisis or two) that add to the twists and turns of the story.
Sandra Ross presents a similar example in "The Mating (Wild Cats Part One)." She relates the story of Iliana, a waitress in a Starbucks-esque coffee shop, who happens to encounter a man named Nickolas Benson, who is described by the author as having "almond-shaped, green, piercing eyes," and "a dark complexion and sensual full lips" (ch. 1).
Iliana is the epitome of the aforementioned churchmouse. She is a hard worker who struggles to pay her bills and her rent, while periodically confiding with her fellow co-worker about her ideal man who might appear before her one day and sweep her away from the monotony of coffee urns and small customer tips. Her journey towards the Land of Dreams-Come-True begins one afternoon when a male customer, who is eventually identified as Nickolas Benson, enters the coffee shop and Iliana goes to serve him.
What makes the character of Nickolas different from other protagonists in Ross's stories is his seemingly malevolent persona. In previous reviews, if the male protagonists were "mysterious," they came across that way because of shyness, or being taciturn, or possessing a physical attribute or handicap that inhibited their inherently good nature. In this particular case, the woman, Iliana, is frightened of him: Nickolas comes across as an off-putting individual; not smarmy, but not open or instinctively trustworthy. This is demonstrated as such when Nickolas's "eyes bore at (Iliana's) back every turn and every second" (ch. 1). Additionally, he made her nervous---except the nervousness seemed based more upon fear than having social butterflies in one's stomach.
Iliana's description of Nickolas as a green-eyed pirate seems fitting, since pirates were mercenary and traditionally held no allegiance to any particular group or government except one: themselves. In this instance, Nickolas conjured up an additional image of a panther---black; sleek; stealthy; relentlessly stalking its prey. The ominous imagery described in "The Mating" provides Ross's readers with a foreshadowing of how the relationship between Iliana and Nickolas will play out.
"The Mating" is an entertaining story, written with the usual verve and slick pace by a talented writer.
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I always love my erotica with a splash of intrigue and romance,
Iliana works hard in a coffee shop, unappreciated by the boss, but practically stalked by one of her customers. Nickolas is a moody, brutish character with hypnotic green eyes, and he uses those eyes to feast on the lovely Iliana every day. She has a low opinion of herself, since she feels she is plain, and she can’t understand why someone as handsome and rich as Nickolas could be attracted to someone who could barely pay her own rent. I loved the ‘rich man, poor girl’ storyline…it may be a cliché, but it’s a fun one!
After finally losing it and confronting the leering, lusty businessman, Iliana is rewarded with an offer of a date. She is hesitant at first, since she senses Nickolas could be dangerous, but in the end relents, and then things really heat up. Living out many women’s dream, Iliana is whisked away to Nickolas’ castle, and they discover a mutual passion that keeps readers enthralled.
The reference to the wild cats threw me at first, but as I read more of the story it did make sense. Nickolas is sleek and almost sinister, but oh so sexy, much like the dangerous black panther. Iliana makes this comparison early on, but it took me a while to see it. I liked the way Nickolas was a brutish, almost dislikeable character at first, but he softened as the book progressed. I also thought it was a nice touch to make Iliana go from feeling inferior to more in control of her sexuality through her interaction with Nickolas.
I think the hottest part of the story had to be the first love scene, when Iliana finally gets to confirm exactly how Nickolas feels about her, and her breasts, lol! I loved that line! There was something so commanding about the way Nickolas took control of the sex, but was gentle with her at the same time. He was so serious, and I imagined that he had plans for her that went beyond this first installment, and they would probably be juicy ones!
Since this is the first part of the series, I was left wanting to know more about how the couple’s relationship would play out. I wanted to see Iliana take more control, and I wanted to see Nickolas begging for her to control him! Can’t wait to see how this series turns out!
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