Thursday, June 5, 2014

Icy Seduction

Author: Shara Lanel
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN/BIN: 9781419946905
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, BDSM Elements
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Jake has seen a lot during his time as a New York cabby, but getting stuck in a ditch with a customer about to freeze to death on the back seat is a new one on him. They aren’t going anywhere until morning, so they will have to get inventive in order to stay warm. Huddled together under blankets, Werewolf Jake takes one sniff of Christine’s human scent and is lost. He’s not in the habit of sleeping with strangers but there’s an undeniable psychic connection that has him needing to claim her now. He won’t force her; he just needs to find out whether she is willing to submit.

Christine cannot explain the desire she feels for her cab driver. All she wanted was to get to her parents in the Catskills, but here she is, blanketed in this stranger’s arms, melting despite the cold. She should not allow this to progress; can’t understand what has gotten into her, but his natural dominance is too much of a turn on. It’s not like she’ll ever see him again anyway…

The morning after, there is no regret, just a lot of awkwardness. They go their separate ways, but can’t ignore the pull to be together, even when Christine has returned to her home in Florida. They try the long distance thing, but the wolf in Jake is having none of it, especially as Christine’s behavior would suggest she is trying very hard to forget about him. She doesn’t understand what is happening but luckily for Jake, she can’t seem to hide from this connection any more than he can. Determined to convince Christine that they are fated to be together, Jake decides to reveal his true identity, setting up a shocking chain of events that could spell the end of their fragile bond once and for all. 

I love the mixture of genres that come together in Icy Seduction. On the surface, Christine and Jake are contemporary characters, living normal lives until one fateful night when things ignite. Add some very erotic scenes of BDSM exploration and a powerful, unpredictable paranormal bond and there’s no putting this book down. The focus isn’t on the fact that Jake is a werewolf so much, but on how both Christine and Jake deal with their undeniable bond. Jake shows a great deal of patience and restraint while Christine works through her feelings. They both try to deny the strength of their bond because the odds are stacked against them. Christine has never behaved like this before and is initially worried what Jake must think of her. As things progress, Christine is torn between her natural instincts and cold hard facts. Jake doesn’t want to believe Christine is his mate either, as he knows how difficult it will be to convince her they have a future together. The characters are well thought out and appeal to me because they seem pretty down to earth despite some unreal situations. There is also a nice parallel between what the characters are willing to get up to inside the bedroom compared to what they are afraid of outside of it.

1 comment:

Kathy Kulig said...

Sounds like a great story! I've always been a fan of Shara's books. I'll have to check this one out. :)