Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sparkle and Purr

Title: Sparkle and Purr
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
ISBN: 1-61034-752-8
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Elder Davan Solaris bonded with jaguar shifter Manuel Tejarda at the last Great Gathering four years ago and still loves him, despite being abandoned without even a note.  The intervening years have been difficult and when they meet at this year’s Gathering, Davan freaks. He’s worked too hard to get past the hurt to have Manuel rip out his heart again. Besides, he has a secret…one he never intends to share with his one-time lover. 

Manuel is certain Davan betrayed him with other men and has the photos to prove it, but that doesn’t stop him from looking for Davan at the new Gathering. When he learns the Elders plan, he’s furious and in anger, claims Davan as his mate. Manuel is upset at first, still convinced of Davan’s unfaithfulness but it soon becomes clear that things weren’t as he thought and someone is trying to keep them apart. The question is who’s behind it, what’s the point and how does Manuel keep Davan safe? Then there’s the matter of the secret Davan’s kept from him.  

Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn is release ten in the Midnight Matings series and is my new favorite. It’s a well written tale of what happens when a couple, separated due to a manipulated misunderstanding, gets an unexpected chance at reuniting.  

I love Davan. He’s a warm and sympathetic character you can’t help but like and the pain he experienced for years, because of Manuel’s abandonment, is nicely expressed by Ms. Glenn.  Manuel isn’t such a nice guy. His personality is arrogant, domineering and unforgiving but before long, Ms. Glenn has given us a little twist and shown that he’s not who I originally thought. I really appreciate her ability to add something unexpected and completely change the direction of a story. 

One such twist is the big secret Davan’s been holding (and which I won’t reveal). It’s a wonderful example of Ms. Glenn’s creative skill and is another reason for this couple to find the happily-ever-after they deserve. But first they have to get past the family members trying to keep them apart…and this part of the story is sad, horrifying and filled with betrayal. It’s tough dealing with the heartache of what the others did to them, but their relationship is filled with love, tenderness and passion. The blistering hot sex doesn’t hurt either…and in each other, they find strength.

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