Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Perfect timing has never been Lilly Prescott’s long suit. Seconds before a showdown with werewolf Dante Morgan, who owns a property that by rights should belong to her, she goes into heat. Not a simple event for a lynx shifter. No, she’s doomed to weeks of frustration that can only be soothed by frequent rolls in the hay—or her hand. Unfortunately, Dante accidentally witnesses the latter.
Left shaken and highly aroused in the snow, Dante can’t believe he’s attracted to the woman who drives him crazy, and not in a good way. Worse, his father has issued an ultimatum. Marry, or abdicate his place as pack leader. On the other hand, it’s the perfect leverage. Lilly will get her land…in exchange for a wedding ring and all the sexual satisfaction she can handle.
Marry Dante? No doubt he’s a poster boy for Hunks ’R’ Us, but he’s rude, arrogant and Lilly’s sworn enemy. Not to mention the thought of losing her independence is frightening as hell.
When they find themselves falling victim to their own charade, though, it’s anything but hell. It’s heaven, and the last thing either of them wants. The real thing.
I’ve held back on reading a lot of urban fantasy lately, but this was more on the novella side of thing and I had a strong desire to find a good shifter book. I’ve always love shifter books, from the moment I opened Rachel Vincent’s shifter series I was hooked, and I’m always on the hunt for new shifter book. More than that though I love with the two romantic interests have history of contention (remember how much Mercy and Adam used to but heads in Patty Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, who doesn’t love that). So one read of this synopsis and I was hooked, plus I don’t think I have ever not liked a book from Samhain so I knew this was a pretty good bet for me.
My biggest problem with this book was that it was too short or wasn’t a series, I loved the characters and totally didn’t want the book to end. First and foremost I thought the push pull of the relationship between Lilly and Dante. I think what made their relationship even better was that while they were both shifters, he is a werewolf and she is a lynx, so while their is some common ground between them because they are shifters, they don’t necessarily understand the culture behind the their respective groups, which makes things interesting.
So Lilly wants land her family seemingly lost in a poker game to Dante’s family, she wants to buy the land and she isn’t taking no for an answer. Only Dante is so not saying yes. Add in the fact that Lilly is in heat, it only serves to make things more complicated, and suddenly Lilly and Dante, who used to be rivals are suddenly being pulled together by some magnetic force they can’t escape. Dante comes up with a plan to solve his own pack problems by mating with Lilly and he’ll give Lilly the land she wants if she agrees. If this doesn’t sound like a recipe for conflict, you’d be wrong.
Part of what I liked about this book was that Lilly and Dante somehow managed to be strong as a pair, in spite of their rivalry, once they come together they stand strong. It’s all the other people in their lives who make things complicated. There are some great scenes between Lilly and Dante, definitely hot and heavy, and a fun read. The pacing is great in this book and I didn’t put it down once. I hope Jodi writes more books like this because I would definitely read them, if you like hot and heavy shifters then this is a great read for you!