Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Paranormal
Pages: Paperback, 236pp
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Heat)
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Excerpt from Feral (WARNING: This excerpt may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18-years-of-age.)
Transformed into a hunter...
Late Nineteenth Century, Mexico. One fateful night Noah Diaz steals into the dark to ravish a bold woman. But it's Noah who finds himself at her mercy. During their savage act, she transforms into a feral mountain lion and leaves him on the brink of death. He survives only to be a lion himself - and immortal.
Seduced by his prey...
Noah is now a wealthy man who owns an underground sex club where he and other supernatural beings can indulge in no-holds-barred sensual play among lovers who don't know the true identity of their partners. Though Noah has scores of wiling victims at the club, it is the thrill of the hunt he desires...
Jenny Lincoln runs a big cat rescue that can barely stay afloat - until a donor offers large sums of money with the condition that she goes to his club. There she learns of a world different from anything she's ever known or experienced. What at first frightens her eventually thrills her, it's clear that she is Noah's prey, but once she gets a taste, it is Jenny who wants more. And though he's lured by her insatiable desire, a man as wild as Noah may never be tamed...
Sheri Whitefeather's latest erotic release, Feral takes animal magnetism to a whole other level! This book has some ties to Sheri's book Demonic which I reviewed earlier this year. Some of Demonic's action takes place in a supernatural BDSM club called Aeonian. In Feral, the hero, Noah Diaz is the owner of Aeonian. Even though they are related I would not necessarily consider this a sequel. Having read both books, I can definitely say that though I liked the first one, Feral is my favorite!
First of all, most of my readers know that I have a big shifter fan. My favorite paranormal creatures are usually shifters of some sort, usually werewolves. But I was interested to see where Sheri would take this book, with a mountain lion shifter as the main character. It was easy to see the authors love for big cats in her writing. This book was much more passionate and intense than others I have read by Whitefeather. She seemed very engaged in the story and her depiction of Noah's mountain lion characteristics were amazing. They felt realistic and authentic. I think she nailed that aspect of the book!
This is definitely an erotic romance. For starters some of the action takes place at Aeonian, a sex club that Noah owns. Jenny, heroine in this book, is the owner of a big cat rescue that's about to fail without the help of money from donors like Noah. Noah wants Jenny to visit his club in exchange for helping her with the rescue. Jenny is very naive in some ways and Noah is opening her up to a whole new sexual experience. I thought Jenny responded in the way most people have never experienced this kind of thing would. She was scared, nervous and found herself very intrigued. I liked the whole idea of Jenny's sexual awakening and I thought Whitefeather described her reactions in a very real way. I think readers will find a lot about Jenny that resonates with them. She is a character that is compelling and very sensual. I loved her a lot!
Noah is just fantastic. I loved him both his human and mountain lion form. He has this very primal energy that kind of surrounded him. He was commanding and dominant, yet his vulnerability shows sometimes. I liked the whole idea that Jenny was the beauty and he was the beast she was able to gentle. Though I thought Noah continued to exhibit that wild and untamed spirit throughout the book. The club scenes were realistic and Noah seemed to take pride in his lair, so to speak. It was obvious that he considered it his domain and he was quick to show that he cared for his patrons and their comfort as well as their fantasies.
Overall I would have to say I really liked this one and if you are a fan of paranormal erotica, this is one you won't want to miss! I loved that the book had a "beauty and the beast" kind of background and the sex is sizzling. Whitefeather really knows how to write good BDSM scenes without overpowering the reader. I think readers who love shifter stories are going to love this one... Noah is one sexy mountain lion, LOL! And his lady is no wallflower either, once she lets her hair down.
Feral is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Sheri WhiteFeather is a national bestselling author. She has won numerous awards, including reader's and reviewer's choice honors. She writes a variety of romance novels for Harlequin Books. She also writes erotic romances for Berkley.
Sheri has become known for incorporating Native American elements into her stories. She has two grown children who are tribally enrolled members of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Sheri is of Italian-American descent. Her great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy through Ellis Island, originating from Castel di Sangro and Sicily.
She lives in California and enjoys ethnic dining, shopping in vintage stores and visiting art galleries and museums.