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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Green-Eyed Pirate Meets Coffee Server

There is nothing in the world quite like a good boy-meets-girl romance---especially when the story involves contrasting socio-economic backgrounds. You know the routine: one of them is as poor as the proverbial churchmouse, the other as obscenely wealthy as Donald Trump...
There is nothing in the world quite like a good boy-meets-girl romance---especially when the story involves contrasting socio-economic backgrounds. You know the routine: one of them is as poor as the proverbial churchmouse, the other as obscenely wealthy as Donald Trump. They meet by happenstance and there is an instant mutual attraction. (Of course, details such as personal compatibility and family structure are penciled in as the storyline progresses, or they may not even be addressed at all. [Which, of course, would make the entire story last about a page and a quarter.])

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.

posted by RussellG on November 9, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I always love my erotica with a splash of intrigue and romance,

I always love my erotica with a splash of intrigue and romance, and this short book has a little of both. For some reason, I got a real gothic feel about the characters in this story. Iliana and Nickolas felt like they had stepped out of a European romance novel. ‘Th...
I always love my erotica with a splash of intrigue and romance, and this short book has a little of both. For some reason, I got a real gothic feel about the characters in this story. Iliana and Nickolas felt like they had stepped out of a European romance novel. ‘The Mating (Wild Cats Series Part One)’ by Sandra Ross is a little bit romance, a little bit erotica, and a whole lot of fun!
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!

posted by Jwoods1 on November 20, 2012

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Ok

    I got the 1st short story... well because it was free.... it left with a cliff hanger and to really get the full story you would have to purchase multiple short stories.... it was ok. Needless to say I didn't purchase anymore.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Sandra Ross is one of my favorite writers of erotic fiction. Her

    Sandra Ross is one of my favorite writers of erotic fiction. Her writing is always full of sensual build-up and very sexy sex. I have no problems putting myself in the place of the characters in her books. I always feel like one of her novels is money well spent. 

    Using the framework of a cinderella story Sandra Ross takes on a heat-filled adventure with Iliana and Nickolas. Iliana is a naive young character who doesn’t know her beauty- a relatable figure for every woman - and Nickolas is a rich man who discovers he knows how to love. 

    At first you aren’t sure that you’re rooting for Nickolas because he’s a little stalkery, but over time he grows on you. As the relationship between Nickolas and Iliana grows you can’t help but be drawn in by the plot. 

    The plot is a little like 50 Shades of Grey, with the mysterious man who whisks a young woman off to the life she’s always fantasized about, so if you enjoyed that trilogy you’ll enjoy this too. 

    The one thing I have to gripe about is the editing: I wish someone would provide a proofreader for Miss Ross. She is a wonderful woman, but for me, small editing mistakes (such as capitalization or punctuation errors) distract from the book. But, I am really nerdy about such things, so c’est la vie!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Great start to a Series. Tells you they have a past but not the

    Great start to a Series. Tells you they have a past but not the whole thing. Can't wait to read the next one. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Great

    Ig was a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    What a cliff hanger

    I am really waiting to read the next installment. I was later leaving out for work this korning because I opened this book and came straight to the book when I got home only to be left with a cliff hanger. Ok, I'll bite. I'm teadingthe next installmebt waiting to find out, "What Comes Next.."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Great book

    Its a great book...my only problem is..... i need more!!! The stories calling my name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    So many layers!

    I loved this story! There are so many secrets and layers to this relationship.... but it's so unfair that we are left dangling...lol! Can't wait to read Part 2....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    The mating

    More please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Wanting more

    Was not ready for it to end. I am so ready to read more about the panther and stray cat.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    loved the book

    could not put it down

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    Feline on the prowl Iliana is just an ordinary waitress in an o

    Feline on the prowl

    Iliana is just an ordinary waitress in an ordinary coffee shop when suddenly
    she finds herself lost like a little kitten in the jungle, only the jungle is her
    normal surroundings but they have been tossed into disarray by the
    delectable jaguar that is hunting her down.  The jaguar, Nickolas, is very
    smart (and handsome and successful) and he has a brilliantly laid out plan
    of just how to achieve success with Iliana and have her all to himself.  
    Ironically he sees her as his wild cat and there is an intense attraction
    between them that must be satisfied – like the carnal mating needs of
    animals.  Two wild cats.

    There is a lot more to the story though, Nickolas has been watching Iliana
    for a long time and there is a brutal twist in the story that leaves us wanting
    for more and the end is a perfectly tempting and frustrating cliffhanger.  I
    think that this was very well written and there is a naturally styled flow to her
    writing and the characters are developed very well.  The story unfolds in a
    deliciously riveting way and I feel that this is definitely at the top of Sandra
    Ross’ writing from all the books of hers that I have read. I am absolutely
    itching to read the second story – I feel like somebody has dangled a
    carrot in front of me and then vanished into thin air.  The theme of the story
    is about an intensely dark love connection… the second book shall reveal
    just how dark that connection truly is.  

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    Amazing story First of all, it is an amazing story in ¿Cinderel

    Amazing story

    First of all, it is an amazing story in “Cinderella style”. Secondly, it is a great erotic novel. And the last thing that distinguishes this book from others–you have a question all time – is it real or not?

    Maybe I could call this book an “erotic fairy tale”. The main character, Iliana, is a waitress and she works hard for her modest life. Suddenly, one meeting changes everything - one look, one smile and there is no a way back. This is he, the one and only! He is gorgeous – gentle, handsome, intelligent and completely different from her. He’s reach and his status is far higher. Is it possible to be with him? Is this amazing moment is her life, or just a dream? Iliana has a lot of questions and concerns, but he doesn’t care! He just wants her.

    This amazing story becomes even brighter, when great intimate scenes appear. They are really amazing, full of passion and hidden desires. They are extremely sexual. All details are stunning – a castle, a strength of desire and a beauty of two main characters. It’s one of the best from my list of erotic novels I’ve ever read.

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