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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lycan Love by Anastasia Maltezos

Lycan Love by Anastasia Maltezos
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (73 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Jennifer Hart’s passionate one-night stand with the sexy and irresistible Lucas Wilde goes from wild heat to burning shame when he tells her to put on her clothes and leave. A week later, she’s back at his nightclub, Full Moon, and she can’t deny the powerful attraction ready to ignite, but this time Jen isn’t so willing to succumb.

When Lucas Wilde set eyes on Jennifer Hart, the spark between them was instant and he brought her home for an incredible night of passion. But he was shocked to learn the Lycan legend was true. A werewolf spontaneously transforms into his Lycan form once he makes love to his soul mate. But that’s not the only problem. Before the next full moon, Lucas has to explain to Jennifer that she’s now a werewolf, and that she belongs to him.

How can a guy take a disastrous first date and turn it around into true love when she won’t even give him a second chance? By not giving up, that’s how. He can’t give up, too much is at stake.

What a truly fascinating way to pass on the werewolf curse. I’ve never seen this take on it before and I really enjoyed the author’s imagination.

Poor Lucas, the unfortunate hero – a man who just discovered that what he’s always dreamed of would someday be his, suddenly gets it and he’s so totally unprepared he submarines the situation beyond repair. The conflict is how to get her back and convince Jen, the heroine that he’s not a crazy moron but a desperate man that only she can save.

What complicates the conflict is not just Jen’s hurt feelings. Sure, she has a right to feel the way she does. In fact, it would be quite acceptable for her to never give Lucas another chance because of how he ended that first encounter. What I enjoyed was the author’s clever teases as to why Jen does give him a second chance. It was sensual, very seductive and well written and the author slowly builds the case as to why Jen will do so. What makes the plot so iffy is how in the world is Jen going to react when Lucas tells her the news? That whole scene in the kitchen was wonderful. The dialogue, Jen’s actions, what happens next – I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

Add to the mix is the delicious drama from the villain. At first I thought it was a simple case of jealousy. Imagine my delight when it was so much more and the climax was quite vicious. I thought it very cool and exciting. It got tense there for a bit and although there were a couple of times it seemed a bit too polished that even in a crisis, Lucas remembers to do everything right, because I didn’t expect him to, I’m very glad he did. I even like the little side explanations that peppered the story explaining just how integrated werewolves are in society. It came in handy for Lucas and Jen, that’s for sure.

There was a lot to appreciate in this tale. I enjoyed the dialogue a lot because all that talking gave me a clear window into the characters’ personalities and I understood their feelings. I also liked when Jen and Lucas finally got together to scratch their mutual itch. There’s a lot of romance in this book and the happily ever after was hard won and came about after a very dramatic confrontation. Indeed, it kept me on the edge of my chair.

Lycan Love is a well told and thoroughly entertaining paranormal romance that is sure to please. I enjoyed getting to know Lucas and Jen and watching them journey on the bumpy road of love to find a well earned happily ever after. The story gripped me from the beginning and never slowed down until the final page. It was fun.