Sometimes it's nice to pick up a small tasty bite of paranormal romance because it can be just as satisfying without all the heavy calories. Let's call it cleansing the palate. Part of my New Years resolution was to discover more category romances gems, and I've just recently discovered Silhouette Nocturne Bites, novella styled romance quickies.
Wilderness came highly recommended, and despite the shortness of the story and an uncomplicated plot, I found the draw of its two main characters extremely sensual and well thought out. Colin Masterson and Tess Haverty clearly have a tangible love connection when Tess rescues Colin while working for H.A.E.S (Humans Against the Exploitation of Supernaturals). Colin is the last of the Masterson line, the Alpha of his werewolf clan, and fighting for his clan's survival in the wake of a decimating flu epidemic that exposes paranormal species all over the world. Now anyone exhibiting any paranormal traits are on the endangered species list as they are hunted down and destined to become government experiments. This is the world that Tess and Colin live in and through circumstance, find one another.
For readers who might be turned off by extremely heavy world building and a surfeit of racy, steamy situations in other novels, Silhouette Nocturne Bites might prove very appealing, especially Wilderness. It's satisfying ending, sensual and almost innocent pace end up being just the right size to savor. Highly enjoyable in a small package.