Friday, February 17, 2012

The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse

Title: The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-229-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Shark-shifter Byron Cunningham realizes his feelings for seahorse-shifter Skylar Pierce are the real thing but knows they’re too different to be together. He’s a huge monster that everyone’s afraid of, while Skylar’s small and sweet…so Byron pushes him away. Days later at a party, Skylar’s attacked and almost raped by a wolf and Byron knows it’s not possible to stay away any longer. 

Skylar has been looking for his soul mate for as long as he can remember and when he meets Byron feels an instant bond. As they try to make a life together, they’re faced with many new challenges, including an unexpected pregnancy. Being a father isn’t something Byron ever expected but he’s ready to defend his family from any and all threats. 

The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse in release five in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. As with the others, the characters and friendships overlap, so the books should be read in order. 

This one might be my favorite. It’s very well written and integrates BDSM elements into the story nicely. It’s the first time this lifestyle’s been included in the series and it’s handled well, without allowing the pain/pleasure aspects of Byron and Skylar’s relationship to get too heavy…but it probably should have been mentioned in the publishers blurb.  

From their first meeting, I knew Skylar and Byron would make a great couple and Ms. Hyacinth proved me right. She’s created two characters with vastly different life experiences and personalities, and initially it doesn’t look good for them. Here’s where some of the twists and turns start, putting Skylar in danger and setting off all of Byron’s protective instincts. But it does get them together. Along the way numerous returning secondary characters make an appearance, Skylar’s unexpected pregnancy throws a wrench in things and family trouble arrives. The surprises just keep coming, along with more danger…but it all flows nicely, speeding along as the story races to the end.  

One of the twists endangers all the shifters and I’m assuming we’ll see the effects of its resolution in the next release. Be aware that the epilogue jumps ten years, propelling the series into the future and getting it ready for the next release, The Gazelle Who Caught a Lion. It features Angel and Clark, who were introduced as the adopted children of Brody and Carson from The Lamb Who Cried Wolf.

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