Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Lucy Harper always thought of herself as an ordinary woman, but she suddenly finds herself in extraordinary circumstances. Her sleepy hometown of Peace, Mississippi, turns out to be far from peaceful, what with shapeshifters, vampires and other departures from the “good ol’ Southern boy” stereotype cropping up. Her best friends are all hiding devastating secrets. Her ex-boyfriend is suddenly interested in making up. Her sexy new boyfriend is not only the hottest guy she’s ever met, he’s got some pretty big secrets himself, including what he really is and what he does—besides providing the best sex she’s ever had, that is.
And her new tattoo might be more than a picture of her favorite flower—according to the local werewolf pack, it’s a “sex symbol”. There may be a fight to the death over who gets to claim her as mate.
Lucy is from a small town, to which I can definitely relate, and is part owner of a decorating business with her best friend. Justina couldn't be more outgoing or outspoken and the pair have a good relationship as both businesswomen and friends. To Lucy, things that happened in the past are best left in the past, but there's one part of her past that won't stay there... the man that broke her heart a year ago. After an emotional run-in with James and learning of an unconfirmed rumor, Lucy turns to her friends for comfort and each one has their own recipe for mending a broken-heart. Alcohol, dirty-dancing, and sex play a big part of it, and you know what they say... the best way to get over a man is to get under a new one!
You really just jump right into the story with this book. Ms. Kitts writes hilarious dialogue for her characters. There were several times I actually laughed out loud and not just in my head! Still there's so much mysterious sexiness surrounding Lucy's new next-door neighbor, Erasmus, that I couldn't put the book down until I found out more about him. Take for example chapter one's first sentence, “My next-door neighbor was the hottest thing on two legs.” Kind of makes you want to read more doesn't it?
Ms. Kitts can also write some serious sexual tension and frustration. The sex scenes were inspiring – from character positioning, dialogue, and settings. They were also as much of a relief for me when they were finally revealed as it was for our heroine Lucy (lucky girl).What I really appreciated though was the finding of love before becoming a willing victim to lust. The scenes are much more intense and satisfying when emotions are involved.
The rest of the cast of characters just fit so well together and each has their own distinct personality, it was like watching an episode of Friends. The witty banter and creative plot were so well incorporated that I couldn't help but put myself in the story and wish I was actually there with friends like these. The cover alone will grab any readers' attention, but the story will keep it.
Recommended reading for fans of good friends, margaritas, and dancing.
4 1/2 Tea Cups!