Thursday, January 5, 2012

Phases with Brynn Paulin

Harvest's Pride, Harvest Moon
Shifting Snows, Snow Moon

AUTHOR: Brynn Paulin
PUBLISHER: Resplendence Publishing

I am thrilled to have been the reviewer to read Paulin’s Phases books. Both were steaming sexy and great reads. And they also happened to be my favorites of all the Phases books. Deliciously indulgent, that’s what I’d call them both.

Harvest’s Pride, Phases Book 9
There was no pre-heat feature to this book. Harvest’s Pride started hot – grabbing the reader in an instant attraction - and just kept getting hotter. The urgency, heat and genuine affection jumped off the pages as Hanna unknowingly followed her sister’s footsteps in finding her shifter mates.

Hanna, independent and strong, is searching for her sister who disappeared while on tour with Harvest, a popular rock band. Unwilling to let the disappearance go as easily as others, Hanna pretends to be a reporter doing an interview on the lead band members Kaz and Myan. Hanna is able to get on the inside easily enough but isn’t prepared for the attraction she feels for the men. And little does she know the disappearance and the interview have been an elaborate set-up so that Kaz and Myan can meet her.
Leaders of their pride, Kaz and Myan are delicious alpha men – roarin’ lion shifters - who believe Hanna is their mate and plan to prove it. She’s arrived just in time for the Harvest moon which means there’s no time to waste. The men must claim her under the Harvest moon or risk waiting a full year. So it’s no holding back as they convince her that she belongs with them.

Paulin wrote a perfectly rounded out story in just a short book – something so many authors flop at – solid plot, rich in detail and scorching hot with a tidy HEA. I just hope there are plans to write more about the shifters in Harvest’s pride.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Shifting Snows, Phases Book 12
Readers won’t get the chance to put Shifting Snows down once the action starts on the very first page. This story takes off as fast as the snow storm that hits Mount Elbert while Macy, a well-travelled and successful photographer, is out capturing wild-life photos. When she comes face-to-face with a snow leopard, Macy is smart enough to know it shouldn’t be roaming the Colorado Rockies but doesn’t have time to consider more than her immediate fate before the leopard charges her.

The leopard is actually the ever-so-dominant and sexy Sorin, alpha of the Tavian Leap. After Macy faints and wakes to find this handsome man carrying her, she believes he’s come to save her from the leopard. With the impending storm getting worse quickly, he brings her back to his home. And aware that Macy is his mate, Sorin introduces her to his partner Danel, along with their friends Calin and Abel. Macy feels a connection to all four men, though mostly to Sorin and Danel, and agrees to spend time in their home as she waits out the storm. She quickly learns Sorin and the men share their women; and they all seem to want her. Perhaps overcome by pheromones or perhaps not, Macy decides to live out her fantasy of a ménage. It's steaming hot as she explores her fantasy over – and over – and over again. But it grows from there as Macy discovers the uniqueness of Tavian Leap and falls for these men.

This is another well written short story from Paulin. With a quick-paced plot, solid characters all wrapped up in scorching hot sex scenes and a sweet HEA, Shifting Snows is a deliciously indulgent read. And I’m hoping there are plans to write more about the shifters in Tavian Leap.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

These books were given to us by Resplendence Publishing. Many thanks.

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