Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Solstice Heat

Title: Solstice Heat
Author: Leila Brown
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-909-6
Genre: {M/F} BBW, Multicultural, Shape-shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Giovanni Odell isn’t about to let her little sister fall victim to some pervert on the computer. After reading some of the e-mails her sister received from this stranger, Gio decides to issue him a warning in person. Things go from bad to strange the moment she arrives at his remote cabin. One minute Gio is arguing with a man in a wheelchair and the next, she’s being pinned down by a wolf.

After months of talking online, Jason has a chance to have a woman look at him again with something other than pity. The women in the pack no longer did that. Just because he couldn’t walk any more didn’t mean he’d given up the hopes of finding a mate. Jason’s anger takes over and now if Gio can’t come to terms with their unexpected situation, her life could be at risk.

An accidental bite complicates things for Gio and Jason. She is forced to trust a man she doesn’t know and he is forced to outwit the new Alpha of the pack, who’s looking for any reason to get rid of Jason, once and for all. Throw in the fact that Gio is going into heat and fighting it every step of the way.

Solstice Heat isn’t your typical shifter romance and Jason isn’t your typical guy. Once, he was Alpha but an accident made him give that all up. One common theme that Jason and Gio share is that they both try fighting the inevitable. Sometimes in life you get what you need, not what you want. I was glad to see the couple’s need turn into want. The scenes where Jason shifted and was forced into immediate physical action made me happy and sad at once. In the end, I was glad that he had more fight left in him than I thought. And with a strong willed woman like Gio around, Jason would certainly need that. Gio’s reaction to the entire situation was very realistic and I enjoyed the fact that she wasn’t a cowering wallflower. This story has plenty of action, and not only in the bedroom, which will keep readers engrossed from beginning to end.

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