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Posted September 8, 2012
Despite the serious danger that definitely lurked in the background at all times in the story, it was actually a fun book. I loved the banter among the characters, the world building was nice and progressive, character development had good depth, and story was well paced to keep constant interest. There’s a nice variety in the types of shifters, which is always nice, because shifters stories tend towards big cats or wolves a lot of the time. There’s also magic in the world making it a well rounded urban fantasy.
One thing that bugged me a little is that unless there’s a really good reason (and I’ll admit it was pretty good here), I kind of hate reading from the villain’s POV. It was a little aggravating at times, but for the most part, this author’s style definitely added a level of mystery and kept you guessing as to his identity until the moment he’s revealed to characters in the book. It was also disappointing that until the last few pages, there was actually little to no shifting, but there is still plenty of mention of the animals just beneath the surface to remind you what lurks under the skin of them all.
At first I was a little nervous about the romance aspect of the book. There are times where PDA and such were viewed so casually that it didn’t feel “special”. That gets better quickly though as the connection between Tegan, Kanon, and Lennox grows. There’s tons of sexual tension for a while, taking the anticipation up a notch, and it’s just…gloriously frustrating! When they finally get down to business, it’s worth the wait.
This book is full of fun, suspense, blazing ménage, and heartwarming romance. Loyalty and the bonds of friendship are tested leaving you on the edge of your seat through the last few chapters. Recommended!
Posted June 17, 2012
Just when you think there's no new themes possible in the paranormal genre there comes a book with just enough of a twist to set it apart from the rest. The premise of Hounded has some familiar qualities as well as some fresh ones that kept me entertained from the very start to the edge of your seat culmination.
Hounded introduces us to the world of shifters where lions, snakes, wolves, and hounds among other species try to live harmoniously even though deep prejudices still exist. Into this powder keg of prejudice and mistrust, particularly between hounds and lions, comes a madman bent on revenge against all lions who sets up lion-shifter Kanon Reyes for a string of murders. It's up to Kanon's lover/mate Tegan Sharpe and Lennox Donnelly, the rhodesian ridgeback hound assigned to the case, to find out the truth before death claims them all and a shifter war erupts that could lead to untold death.
This story was full of suspense and action that easily kept me on the edge of my seat, as well as guessing for quite a while who the bad guy was. The pace of the story moved along nicely with only one or two parts that felt a bit draggy, but nothing that didn't keep me turning the pages in anticipation. The sexual chemistry between Kanon, Tegan, and Lennox was palpable from the start and the existing relationship between Kanon and Tegan easily and believably transitioned to include Lennox. The sexual interludes were nicely spaced throughout the story with both m/m and m/f/m scenes with just the right amount of spice to make this reader flush. Kanon and Tegan are both sexy and charming with Tegan the more in control of his actions with both of them bringing something unique to their relationship. They're both powerful but quite willing to let Lennox take control in a crisis because of her unique and powerful law enforcement talents that has made her the best of the best. Lennox is a kickass heroine who's smart, yet serious, and more than capable of bringing criminals to justice. She easily goes toe to toe with the villain in a very bloody encounter towards the end of the story that was very impressive in its brute strength. Kanon and Tegan brought laughter to Lennox who lived for her job before meeting them and is why this menage feels believable. They each bring something unique to their group and meet needs the others didn't even know they had. There's a give and take between them that brings them closer together that can't be found when they're apart.
I enjoyed the unique spin on the variety of shifters in this world. For the hounds there were rhodesian ridgebacks, bloodhounds, and salukis with each species having unique abilities so in a fight who knows who'd win. This sets it apart from the usual shifter stories and has me excited for whatever else Ms. Hart has up her sleeve. Fans of the paranormal can join me in welcoming Hounded to the neighborhood and it's with bated breath that I'm counting down the days until we can revisit this world.
Posted November 9, 2012
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