Title: Unleash the Night
Series: Dark-Hunter #8
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: Dec. 27, 2005
My Rating: 4 Sensual ♥'s
It's a predator-eat-predator world for the Were-Hunters. Danger haunts any given day. There is no one to trust. No one to love. Not if they want to live...
An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals - snow leopard and white tiger - Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.
Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. senator who hates the socialite life she's forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn't understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.
In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It's a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls...
A welcome change of pace in this series! Don't get me wrong - I love the Dark-Hunters, but I really enjoyed Wren's story. Wren is an outcast-a rare white tiger/snow leopard mix shunned by everyone. He has escaped harm thus far by staying at Sanctuary, a bar/refuge run by Were-Bears. Wren is quiet & unassuming - always staying under the radar as he works at the bar as a busboy. But things change the night Maggie Goudeau, a senator's daughter, comes into the bar with friends. For the first time ever, Wren is attracted to a woman. But, things quickly escalate into a bar fight where Wren's animalistic side comes roaring to life. Later, as Wren & Maggie begin exploring their mutual attraction, a devious plot threatens to destroy their chance at happiness and they find themselves on the run for their lives.
Intense & action-packed but also beautifully romantic & sensual, Betrayed is a tantalizing, sexy read that touched a soft place in my heart. The characters are well-developed with many layers, and the plot is explosive. A strong secondary cast, such as Savitar, adds another layer of intrigue and even funny banter to the story. Love + Lust + Murder = A Page Burner! A Must Read!
My Rating 4 Sensual ♥'s . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx