Friday, June 11, 2010

Perfumed Heat

Title: Perfumed Heat
Author: Judy Mays
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781843607427
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, Werewolf, Shape Shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Artemis Gray was expecting an evening of high finance and business negotiation. His company was looking to break into the women’s fragrance market, having mastered men’s cologne. Unfortunately that meant dealing with James Parfumes, a company headed by the nastiest woman Artemis has ever had the misfortune to meet.

His plan had been to get in, do the deal then get the hell out of there before saying something the human part of him might regret. All that changed when he laid eyes on Moira Archer, assistant to the head of James Parfumes. Moira’s scent is like nothing Artemis has ever smelt and his werewolf soul stirs for the first time since the devastating loss of his mate. It takes all his self control not to stake his claim right there in front of everyone but he can see that Moira needs to be handled just right if she is going to fully submit to him. One thing is for sure – no one is going to get in his way now that he has finally found her.

Perfumed Heat is the first book in Judy Mays’ Heat series and what a scorcher of an introduction! Head of the Gray family, Artemis is a strong, Alpha character who oozes sexual dominance. The chemistry between him and Moira was electric and the author does an excellent job of describing the attraction between werewolf mates and the effect female heat has on the coupling. Even in this relatively short story the erotic element of their relationship was sweltering. I feel the length of the book did hinder the storytelling slightly. As the story progressed, the pace seemed to stop and start and it may have been beneficial to allow for more time for the plot to unfold. This is a minor problem though, as there was more than enough intrigue to keep me reading until the end and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

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