Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Howl by Cynthia Rayne

by: Cynthia Rayne
$4.45 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Paranormal Erotica / Menage
Released: September 2012

Insanity runs in Scarlet's family.  To avoid the same fate as her mother and sister, she turns to a coven of witches for help.  They agree to bind the madness, but it comes at a cost--Scarlet is given to a powerful vampire as a blood slave.  And while she finds endless pleasure in Hayden's arms, he's never given her the personal attention she craves.  When the local werewolf pack sends their negotiator to talk to Hayden, Scarlet is instantly captivated by Rand and his infatuation with her.  She's torn, because she knows she can't leave Hayden's service without the madness returning, but longs for something more than being a pampered pet. 

What she doesn't realize is that Hayden's cold heart can feel, and seeing Scarlet and Rand together makes jealousy surge.  But although he doesn't want to give Scarlet up, he might be willing to share her.  After all, there's something about the wildness of the wolf that calls to him, and from the steamy glances Rand throws him during negotiations, he feels it too.  Now all they have to do is figure out a way to make it all work out without killing each other.

This was a hot steamy story with plenty of sex (m/f, m/m, m/f/m) that will appeal to a broad audience.  Scarlet is willing to do anything to keep from going crazy and dying early, even become a blood slave.  She's fine with her lot in life until she meets Rand, and realizes there's more to life than being a pet.  But Hayden's not willing to let her go without a fight, and Scarlet needs to decide if she wants to be let go.  Then there's the whole love at first sight thing she's got going with Rand that complicates things.  This book didn't seem to go into a whole lot of detail with the emotions, so while the relationship with Hayden and Scarlet makes sense, I had a hard time wrapping my mind around Scarlet and Rand falling in love right away.  The sex scenes were great though, with just enough detail to get you hot and bothered.

Carla gives this book a

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