News – The Sweetest Torture by Amanda Bonilla
Amanda Bonilla has expanded her horizons and her horizons have taken her to hot and sexy shifter land.
She has written a fun and sexy short story titled The Sweetest Torture and it is now available on All Romance eBooks for a whopping $0 (yes, as in free) and on Amazon and B&N for 99cents. (Amanda is currently working on making the price disappear on those sites too).
The Sweetest Torture is the story of Lucas, the Alpha of a panther shifter pride, and Cait, his mate-to-be. Well, she’s actually his reluctant mate-to-be because 30 years ago these two were a hot and steamy couple until Lucas was caught in a compromising position and Cait walked out. She is going back to him because her father, the Alpha of her pride, asked her to so the two prides can unite and find peace. And now that I’ve told you what the story is about, here’s the blurb. *g*
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…
I liked the idea behind the story. Two people who, even after thirty years, are still crazy for each other makes a hot story. And boy is it H.O.T! I found that what Cait did in the name of revenge was a bit harsh but woman scorn can be a bitch. And she does eventually admit that what she did may have been a bit much so that made up for that. I liked how Amanda wrote her shifter/cougars. The cats are a good part of the person but she doesn’t let them completely rule them. I liked Lucas. I thought how he built himself back up from nothing – how it made him stronger instead of defeated – a really great trait. I’d lick him 😉 And neither Cait nor Lucas want to feel anything but contempt for the other but how they can’t help what’s there was also something I found well done. I felt their struggle but I didn’t want to smack them. Both good things.
Of course seeing how this is a novella, there wasn’t much character development – long drawn out past stories and introduction to other characters in the pride – but you don’t miss it. All that you need to know is set out in front of you pretty quickly. In fact, I was quite impressed with how Amanda managed to give us the information we needed so quickly! The villain did sort of come out of left field and I would have liked to see a bit more explanation there but it wasn’t lacking to the point where I felt lost. And did I mention that this book is hot? Yeah…yum.
If you like shifter stories and steamy stories that are quick to read, you should try The Sweetest Torture. Really. And if you like it, look for Amanda’s next steamy book around Christmas.