Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Demon Who Fed on a Shark

Title: The Demon Who Fed on a Shark
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-381-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Wounded in an explosion that left his face scarred, incubus Alexis thinks his chance for happiness is over. He can’t believe his lover, shark shifter Morgan, will want him since he’s no longer beautiful. His parents taught him that all he has to offer a lover is his looks and that if those are gone, he has nothing. Alexis is an emotional wreck. He wants to believe Morgan will stay with him…but why would he? 

Knowing Alexis is having difficulty dealing with his disfigurement, Morgan tries to be patient and understanding, giving his lover space to heal. All he wants is to claim the incubus as his mate. Not everyone thinks the mating of a shifter and a magical creature is a good idea and would like to see them separated. Can they find a way to stay together or will fears and misunderstandings drive them apart? 

The Demon Who Fed on a Shark is release number seven in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. Please note that due to the close association of friends and family members, I recommend the books be read in order. 

As much as I’ve enjoyed the rest of this series, this latest release is my new favorite. Firstly, it’s a departure from a strictly shifter book but is instead an inter-species romance. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story since an incubus is so uncommon a character.  The book is well-written with fascinating incubus details, it has a smooth flow and there’s a good continuation of characters and relationships. What sets it apart from the others is the emotional intensity experienced by Alexis after his injury. You can almost feel his uncertainly and pain. Good job, Ms. Hyacinth.

I like both Alexis and Morgan and enjoyed getting to know them better. The growth and development of their personalities and relationship is handled nicely. Yes, they have problems but they work through them in a realistic manner. They’re so opposite but fit together perfectly, despite what others think. I appreciated seeing so much of characters we’ve gotten to know previously scattered throughout.  

If you like characters who strive to overcome adversity and enjoy shape-shifter books, you’ll probably enjoy this one as much as I did. Watch for The Seahorse Who Loved the Wrong Lynx coming next.

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