Friday, June 11, 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Heat

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Heat
Author: Judy Mays
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419900242
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, Werewolf, Shape Shifter
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Finally able to enjoy a vacation after years of taking care of her family and the business, Belle was hoping not to run into any trouble. Her father had found a new mate and the fragrance company was doing well – she deserved some time to herself. The last thing she needs is a couple of wannabe hunters, thinking they have permission to shoot at whatever animal comes their way.

Since being spurned by the woman he thought was destined to be his mate, Alex had been distracted from his Alpha duties and if he wasn’t careful, the pack would have to step in. Taking a run to try and clear his head seemed like a good idea at the time but he hadn’t counted on fools shooting at him. When he wakes in Belle’s cabin, the last thing he remembers is a loud bang and excruciating pain. When he realizes the beautiful but stubborn Belle has nursed him back to health, he can’t believe his luck. As the two of them get to know each other in the privacy of her cabin, love starts to blossom but Alex has a pack to look after and Belle has a secret she needs to tell Alex if he is truly to become her mate.

A Midsummer Night’s Heat is the fantastic third installment of the very enjoyable Heat series and things just keep getting better. With the return of Alex, a character who wasn’t at his best in the previous book, I wasn’t sure if I could warm to him as a main character but the author has created a wonderfully rich and complex world and Alex fit perfectly when interacting with Artemis Gray’s daughter, Belle. If you looked up the definition of feisty, I think there would be a picture of Belle and I loved her Alpha traits. She wasn’t taking any nonsense from anybody, including the stubborn, opinionated male Alpha Alex. I think this is my favorite story so far, as the characters are stripped down, having to face and overcome one of the ugliness of human character traits – prejudice. I love how the characters’ lives in this series are all intertwined and I am really starting to feel a connection to this world. I really recommend fans of this genre give this series a try.

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