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Friday, May 17, 2013

Short Reviews: The Sweetest Torture, The Sweetest Temptation & The Sweetest Mercy by Amanda Bonilla



Title: The Sweetest Torture
Author: Amanda Bonilla
Series: Sexy Shifter Shorts, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NYLA
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“Thirty years ago, when the sultry and headstrong Cait left Logan Paige, the Alpha cougar shapeshifter of his Montana pride, his entire world came crashing down. He couldn’t explain where he’d been the previous night or why there was a strange woman in his bed…because he had no memory of the night before. Wounded and betrayed, Cait refused to listen to Logan’s excuses and walked straight out of his life…determined to exact her revenge on the sexy cougar who had crushed her heart. With a little help from her influential father, she made sure that Logan’s business, as well as his life, crumbled into ruins. Hell hath no fury, indeed. 
But now it’s thirty years later and two of Montana’s most powerful cougar prides are on the brink of war. A tenuous peace is reached, but it’s dependent on Cait and Logan marrying on All Hallow’s Eve. Spitfire Cait has her own plans of revenge…using her feminine wiles to turn Logan into a purring kitty lapping cream at her feet. And Logan has his schemes to regain control and dominate like the Alpha he is… 
When they realize that the erotic passion between them is still so intense, Logan and Cait will have to decide if dwelling in the past is worth sacrificing the future…”
The Sweetest Torture is the first book in the Sexy Shifter Shorts stories by Amanda Bonilla.

The blurb is more than explanatory, so I won’t add to it. Also I’m going to try to keep these reviews as short and concise as possible.  

The Sweetest Torture has everything I want in a book; it has action, romance, conflict and great characters.
Mrs. Bonilla smartly uses a past between Cait and Logan to make their attraction and conflicts more believable.
Both Cait and Logan have strong personalities. Logan is an alpha through and through and Cait could easily give him a run for his money in that department, that made their encounters explosive and their chemistry of the charts.

Not everything is fun and play for Cait and Logan; there is also drama and very unexpected enemies, which only added to my enjoyment of the book.

In The Sweetest Torture Mrs. Bonilla accomplished something no many authors can’t, she gave us a tight story in just a few pages. The Sweetest Torture left me wanting to learn more about this new world Mrs. Bonilla has created; luckily for me (us) there are two more short stories following this one, Logan’s brother, Andrew, is next.

My Verdict: 4 Paws


 
Title: The Sweetest Temptation
Author: Amanda Bonilla
Series: Sexy Shifter Shorts, book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NYLA
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
 “Andrew Paige wakes up in a motel room with no memory of what happened to him the night before. He has no idea how he got here…or why the state police believe he’s responsible for kidnapping a woman he’s never met! 
Erica Ware is bound and determined to find her sister’s kidnapper and bring him to justice. As a wood nymph, she has special powers over men…and a unique way of extracting the truth. 
But when the sparks start to fly and her wood nymph nature compels her to seek something other than revenge from the unbearably hot Andrew Paige, Erica can’t help but wonder if she’ll succumb to the sweet temptation of this sexy shifter before she can unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance…”
The Sweetest Temptation is the second story in the Sexy Shifter Shorts stories by Amanda Bonilla.

We met Andrew in The Sweetest Torture; he is fun, sexy, and calmer than Logan. In The Sweetest Temptation Andrew is the victim of setup that leaves him in a very compromising situation. This leads him to meet Erica Ware, a wood nymph that is more like a nympho during certain days. The sexual tension between them sizzle the pages and leaves you in need of a cold shower. Their relationship develops a little bit fast and they suffer from insta-love but in their case because of their natures it’s acceptable and believable.

The Sweetest Temptation is a fun, fast and steamy read. A short story so complete that reading it feels almost like reading a full-length book.
The Sweetest Temptation could be read as a stand-alone, but it’s almost like a continuation of The Sweetest Torture, so I recommend you to read them together and in order.
As with The Sweetest Torture, The Sweetest Temptation will also leave you wanting for more (in a good way); to help us with that we have the third and last of these shorts, The Sweetest Mercy.

My Verdict: 4 Paws



Title: The Sweetest Mercy
Author: Amanda Bonilla
Series: Sexy Shifter Shorts, book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: NYLA
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“Kidnapped and locked in a dark cave, Kiera Ware has resigned herself to madness. A wood nymph in the grip of a full-moon is guaranteed to lose her mind, literally, without sexual release. And since she’s been held captive and alone for three days, she knows that she could break at any moment… 
Carter Hayes has been tracking the rouge shifter who kidnapped an innocent woman for no other reason than to hurt his alpha, Logan. After the loss of his mate nearly a century ago, Carter has stuck to what he knows best – excelling at his job and serving his pride – lonely, but honorable work. 
When Carter shows up, Kiera thinks the too-sexy-to-be-true man must be a figment of her imagination…while Carter can’t deny the stirrings of his heart around this strange magical woman.
Running for their lives, Carter and Kiera might just find that sweet mercy they both so desperately need…if they can manage to stay alive!”
The Sweetest Mercy is the third and last story in the Sexy Shifter Shorts stories by Amanda Bonilla.

The Sweetest Mercy picks us right after the events in The Sweetest Temptation. Carter is the tracker of Logan and Andrew’s pack and is sent out to find and rescue Erica’s sister, Kiera, who is been held by “the villain” (his name is a spoiler).
As Erica, Kiera is also a wood nymph. Kiera is losing her mind because it’s that time of the month and she needs sex and is not getting any while in captivity. Luckily for her (and for Carter) Carter finds her just in time to bring her from the edge of madness. What follows is steamier than a hot bath in summer.

I really liked Carter, I also liked than from all the characters of this series he is the one we learned about the most; this made it easier for me to like him and root for him.
I liked that Kiera started as a victim but didn’t stay there; she was strong and kicked some ass when needed. She also was there for Carter when he needed support.
Their relationship was also insta-love but as with previous ones it worked fine thanks to their natures.

The Sweetest Mercy is not only smexy times, there is also some drama and action. In here we also get the conclusion of the series and see the villain getting what he deserves.

The Sweetest Mercy is a hot, fun, and engaging read; one that will leave you feeling as if you had read a full-length novel. I recommend you to read it after The Sweetest Temptation.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws.

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