Type: Shifters, Pumas, Paranormal Romance, Novellas, 1001 Dark Nights, Books 21-22, Bayou Heat series
My Review: I've read multiple books by Alexandra Ivy, and Laura Wright has been on my watch list for some time - so I've always wanted to check out their Bayou Heat series. And with Kayden/Simon being a part of the 1001 Dark Nights series, I couldn't pass up the chance! I love shifter romances, and these two authors have created a fascinating world surrounding their Pantera clan (Puma shifters). Having read this volume, I can definitely say I'll be going back and giving the first book(s) a shot!
I read the first story, "Kayden," and just going off the description, I figured that one would be my favorite of the two. Some scenarios just appeal to me more than others, what can I say. And considering how much I liked Kayden, both the story itself as well as the character, I didn't think "Simon" could hold up. So imagine how excited I was when "Simon" proved to be just as good, if not even better. I loved seeing the dynamic between the heroes and heroines, and how each couple manged to come together as mates. I also liked seeing how the characters interacted with others in their clan - which made me that much more interested in going back and reading earlier books in the series, to see how those characters might have gotten their happy endings.
I'm going with a 3.5 on this one. It's not that the stories were bad - they weren't! I clearly enjoyed them. It's just, based on the space constraints, it felt like there wasn't enough of each story to get me fully involved. Which is always tough when reading a novella - and in this case, there were two stories in one novella, giving each one even less room. But overall, I liked them. And both of these authors will remain on my follow list!
Cover Lovin': Fits the rest of the 1001 Dark Nights series. I love the subtle (and not-so-subtle) differences between them all.
Recommendation: I was a completely newbie to this overarching series (Bayou Heat), so you can be too!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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ENEMY TO LOVER
Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them – Joshua Ford – and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?