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Friday, April 17, 2009

Prey by Mary Lou George

Prey by Mary Lou George
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (214 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

When Jade Adams' abusive father dies, she's finally free to return to the place she calls home. She lands a plum job working with childhood crush, Sam Daniels.

Sam is still as devastating as ever and he's showing an unexpected interest in Jade's sex life. Is there a chance he's stopped thinking of her as the tubby kid who'd thrown herself at him all those years ago? Does he see the vibrant woman she's become?

With Christmas approaching and her friends around her, Jade's life in New Crescent is ideal. Ideal that is, until several people are found eviscerated. Is the killer a human or an animal? Even Sam's skills as a vet and Jade's amazing ability to communicate with animals fail to uncover the truth. After a few deadly close calls, Jade suspects that Sam isn't the only one interested in her. Has the killer caught her scent? Will she be next?

Prey is a captivating story with a wonderful cast of characters and a mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Prey tells the story of Jade Adams, a wonderful character with an extraordinary ability and her childhood crush veterinarian Sam Daniels. When Jade returns to the town of New Crescent after a lengthy absence she lands a job working with Sam thanks to her special ability, an ability that is quite useful when working with a veterinarian…she can communicate with animals. But something seems to be making the animals of New Crescent nervous and when a beast-like monster begins stalking and killing residents it is up to Jade and Sam, along with the help of their two- and four-legged friends to find the answers before it is too late.

I was fascinated by Jade’s ability and loved her touching relationship and bond that she shares with the animals she comes in contact with. One thing that I found interesting is that while Jade seems to have a gift of communicating with animals, her communication skills with Sam could use some work. His aren’t much better and a lack of communication and honesty nearly spell the end of their romantic relationship before it even gets a chance to start.

As for that relationship, I absolutely loved the characters of Jade and Sam and enjoyed them together. They just seem to fit well together. Sam is a wonderful hero, even if a bit dense at times, who is very protective and caring when it comes to Jade and others. As for Jade, she is very sweet, shy, and a bit innocent despite all she has gone through which made her both relatable and likeable. They make an interesting couple, but have some issues that they must deal with including the creature stalking the town.

While Prey is the third in a series about the unusual town of New Crescent, it easily stands alone. However, it did make me curious about the other books as we are introduced to characters from the previous books and learn a bit about their stories as they interact and seek to assist Jade and Sam. I loved these secondary characters and the humor and camaraderie that exists between the close-knit group of friends.

New Crescent is an enchanting town with a couple of other fascinating characters that seem to beg for stories of their own. I can only hope that this isn’t the last we see of this town and its inhabitants. If you are looking for a suspenseful, yet fun paranormal romance, I recommend you check out Prey and the residents of New Crescent. I already plan to pick up the other books it what seems to be a fascinating series.