Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Mark of Cain

Title: The Mark of Cain
Author: Cash Cole
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
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ISBN: 297-200-118-486-2
Genre: {M/M} Shape-shifter
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Gage is on a mission to assure himself that Ross Sanders was indeed not a figment of his imagination. Gage travels from his home in New Orleans to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, searching for the elusive Native American. Months earlier, Gage was shot by intruders while Gage and Ross were in bed together. Instantaneously, Ross shifted into a panther attacking the intruders then disappeared, leaving Gage to question what he saw, as well as his sanity.

The Mark of Cain is the first book in the Mystic Danger series, a superb blend of humor and action. The plot is an exhilarating well paced suspenseful story of unique shifters, greed, murder and mayhem, along with the Native American clan’s own special brand of justice. The intimacy is steamy. The secondary characters are exceptionally interesting. The main characters are believable. The police, as well as the doctors, tried to convince Gage the panther was his imagination, yet Gage has a long scratch, in addition to a bullet wound on his upper body. Gage is a bit sarcastic; nevertheless a rational man who is very much aware of his surroundings at all times. Gage is cautious but not paranoid; he considers the consequences before he acts. Gage could not ignore the feeling that he and Ross belonged together which prompted his search.

Ross is Cherokee; he speaks the native tongue then translates his words for Gage’s benefit. Ross, whose first name is Cain, fell in love with Gage shortly after they met. Cain and Gage dated for at least a week before moving on to an intimate relationship. Cain is an honorable man, as well as a protector. Knowing paid killers are still hunting for both of them, Cain is desperate to have Gage with him so that he can protect his lover. Cash Cole has created an excellent saga that I could not put down until the happy ending. I look forward to the next installment of this series. I thoroughly enjoyed The Mark of Cain.

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