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Wild, untamed power barely restrained by love
on 10 January 2006
I loved this particular story. Continuing with her wonderful series about Dark Hunters and other fantastic beings, Kenyon focuses on the Were Hunters. Vane is every woman's fantasy lover. He is gorgeous, virile and toe-curlingly delicious. However, he is in a difficult position. Although immensely powerful, he is being hunted, is homeless and has an injured brother to look after. Now is a not a good time to be obsessing about the opposite sex., esp. not a human with no knowledge of their world and its inherent dangers.
However, our heroine, Bride, is a lovely lady. She works hard and her best friend in one of the Deveraux sisters. Her heart has just been broken by her heartless long-term boyfriend and Vane walks into her life.
Both are attracted instantly each other and have a touching, intimate encounter. Shortly afterwards, they realise they are mated. Being mated in the were world means that the male is impotent around all other females and his only chance to have offspring lies with her. He has three weeks to get her to accept him as her mate or he remains impotent for the rest of her lifetime. Meanwhile, the female is free to be intimate with anyone she pleases. Hence, Vane is faced with wooing Bride, hiding his differences, and then sharing his dark, dangerous world with her.
Our old friends, Acheron, Nick Gautier and other dark hunters adn their wives make their appearances giving us a chance to catch up with them and for the bigger story about the fate of the dark, magical world to unfold. We also see more of Sanctuary, the famous bar full of gorgeous were-people that is a safe haven for all. We learn more about the were powers and how dangerous both the Katagaria and Arcadians are.
Vane is wonderful as he ponders the dilemma of human dating, asks for advice, goes through the rigors of meeting the parents, etc. Bride is brave and loving as she meets her first demon, faces Vane's dangerous enemies and learns more about her powerful suitor.
I loved the sensitivity, tenderness, passion and emotional growth of the two characters as they find their way to each other. Definitely a keeper and one of my favourite Kenyon stories.