Friday, June 11, 2010

Solstice Heat


Title: Solstice Heat
Author: Judy Mays
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419903977
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, Werewolf, Shape Shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Garth Gray had only stopped by to check on his sister, now that she was Alpha female to a new pack. Garth is a loner and needs to keep on the move but he knew Belle would kill him if she found out he’d passed by without visiting. However, when his sister tells him that she’s found Eileen, his mate and first love, everything changes.

Eileen had suffered a great deal in her short life. Separated from the love of her life because of her family’s prejudices then forced into a life mated to a controlling, manipulative bully, she had thought there was no hope. When the Alphas of this new pack granted her sanctuary, the long road back to recovery begins. However, she never dreamed she’d see Garth again. Now that he stands before her in all his rugged glory, she can’t believe her eyes.

Their chemistry may have returned as soon as they were back together but a lot has changed since they last saw each other. With a violent mate still staking a claim on his woman and his past catching up with him in more ways than one, Garth needs to decide what is most important to him soon.

Solstice Heat is the fourth story in Judy Mays’ Heat series, which focuses on the closure of a relationship that began years ago when Garth and Eileen were teenagers and first in love. Not much is known about Garth from the previous books in the series so it is nice to get to know him more. I feel a lot from his past is still a mystery and I don’t think we’ll find out more until the next installment, as he definitely needed to get things sorted with his mate first. I love how the author creates attraction and chemistry between characters and the heat between Garth and Eileen was palpable. I also love seeing bad characters get their comeuppance and after the pain Eileen has suffered, it’s great for her to finally escape her controlling ex and family. Eileen is a wonderful character and the sensitive subject of abuse is handled with care.

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