May 2, 2013

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Review: Sexy Shifter Shorts by Amanda Bonilla (#1, #2 & #3)

Amanda Bonilla, author of one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, Shaede Assassin, has written something slightly different.  Sexy Shifter Shorts.  Yes, you read right, the author of one of the most kick ass chicks out there can also write very sexy alpha men.  Very sexy.

The Sweetest Torture

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Paranormal Romance
October 15 2012
eBook
52 pages
NYLA
Received from author

Yummy Man – Logan
Kick Ass Chick – Cait

From Goodreads –
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…

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The Sweetest Torture is the first book in the series and this one is about Logan and Cait.  Logan is the local Alpha and Cait is the daughter of the Alpha from the next territory.  The plan is, to avoid a war between the two packs that Cait and Logan should mate.  Cait agrees because she knows what will happen otherwise but mostly she agrees because she wants to exact revenge on Logan.  You see, she and Logan have a past.  A pretty rocky one.  They were in love thirty years ago but then Cait left after catching Logan with another woman.  Logan is a little bitter that he didn’t have a chance to explain and Cait is hurt and still very much upset.  As you can see, there is tons of potential for raw emotion and extra angry sexy times.  And you get much of both in this book.

The chemistry is instant and strong between Logan and Cait.  You can feel that they both still hurt but both still want the other.   Eventually, we find out why Logan was with another woman and who was responsible for setting it all up.  That part was quite a surprise for me.  Amanda did a great job catching me off guard.

Overall, I found this book to be very hot and interesting at the same time.  Since this is a short story, you don’t get much back information but you get enough not to feel jipped.  It’s a good read.

3 stars

The Sweetest Temptation

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3 star

Paranormal Romance
February 21 2013
eBook
58 pages
NYLA
Received from author

Yummy Man – Andrew
Kick Ass Chick – Erica

From Goodreads –
Andrew Paige wakes up in a motel room with no memory of what happened to him the night before. He has no idea how he got here…or why the state police believe he’s responsible for kidnapping a woman he’s never met!

Erica Ware is bound and determined to find her sister’s kidnapper and bring him to justice. As a wood nymph, she has special powers over men…and a unique way of extracting the truth.

But when the sparks start to fly and her wood nymph nature compels her to seek something other than revenge from the unbearably hot Andrew Paige, Erica can’t help but wonder if she’ll succumb to the sweet temptation of this sexy shifter before she can unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance…

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The Sweetest Temptation is the next book in the series.  This one is about Andrew (Logan’s brother) and Erica.  This book made me giggle more than the first because the situation that poor Andrew finds himself in and how Erica acts towards him are fun.  Andrew wakes up in a hotel room not remembering what happened or how he got there and suddenly finds himself accused of kidnapping Erica’s sister!  Um…what?!   He needs to get away to figure out what is going on but Erica won’t let him go that easily.  She’s a little miffed, as you can imagine.  Bit by bit they figure out what is going on and, once again, Amanda surprised me.  I was not expecting the ‘who’ but once it was revealed it made sense.  Seriously, the ‘who’ is a piece of work…

Erica and Andrew have even stronger chemistry than the first couple in my opinion.  Andrew is usually pretty level headed so to watch him lose it with Erica is a lot of fun.

As with the first book, this is a short, hot book with a bit of a mystery thrown in.  The first two books aren’t just about steamy sex, there is definitely a story behind each book, but the couple’s attraction and their passion together is definitely the focus.

I liked Andrew and Erica together and found myself looking forward to reading the third book because, even though we know by the end of this book what happened to Erica’s sister, book three is where we find out where the she is.

3.5 stars

The Sweetest Mercy

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4 star

Paranormal Romance
February 21 2013
eBook
58 pages
NYLA
Received from author

Yummy Man – Carter
Kick Ass Chick – Kiera

From Goodreads –
Kidnapped and locked in a dark cave, Kiera Ware has resigned herself to madness. A wood nymph in the grip of a full-moon is guaranteed to lose her mind, literally, without sexual release. And since she’s been held captive and alone for three days, she knows that she could break at any moment…

Carter Hayes has been tracking the rouge shifter who kidnapped an innocent woman for no other reason than to hurt his alpha, Logan. After the loss of his mate nearly a century ago, Carter has stuck to what he knows best – excelling at his job and serving his pride – lonely, but honorable work.

When Carter shows up, Kiera thinks the too-sexy-to-be-true man must be a figment of her imagination…while Carter can’t deny the stirrings of his heart around this strange magical woman.

Running for their lives, Carter and Kiera might just find that sweet mercy they both so desperately need…if they can manage to stay alive!

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The Sweetest Mercy is the third book in the series and this one is about Kiera and Carter.  Carter is the pack’s best tracker and he has been charged with finding where crazy-face has hidden Kiera.  I was very surprised that there wasn’t much in the way of security guarding Kiera when Carter arrived but with what happens between the two of them when he got there, it’ probably for the best that they had a little privacy.  *wink* You see, Kiera and Erica are wood nymphs and they require sex during the full moon to stay sane.  Kiera was kidnapped during that time so she’s pretty close to losing it.  Jumping Kiera’s bones isn’t part of Carter’s plan, in fact he’s more of a ‘good boy’ than that, but he’s drawn to the nymph and can’t seem to help himself.

Even though the hot and sexy stuff was still prominent in this book, the story – how they escape and find their way back home – is more a part of this book than part of the others.  There is a fair amount of background story presented to us about Carter and I think that is one of the reasons he is my favorite hero from these stories.  In the other installments, Amanda gives us just enough back story to make sure the characters aren’t shallow and two dimensional but in this case, we have the opportunity to truly care for Carter and really feel as though he deserves some happiness.

The ending was a little bland for what I was expecting but it was still a solid ending to the series.  But the couple do get their HEA and I was very happy about that.

4 stars

Overall these books are good, steamy reads.  If you are looking for hot books with solid characters, interesting storylines and that you can get through in one sitting, these are for you.

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  1. I already had the first one on my Kindle TBR, but I just added the other two. They all sound really good and I like the connection on them. smiles…

  2. Just like Christi, I had the first one but now need to get the second and third. They’re definitely fun little reads. 🙂

  3. It was 3 fun books, I agree.

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