Readers get two previously published novellas in this compilation. Both tales entertain with strong characters, action, a bit of humor and hot sex scenes. The second story rehashes the ending of the first, although from a different perspective. Too many questions remain unresolved at the end, hampering this read.
Katie finally arrives at the cabin, and Abby isn't there in "Touch of the Beast." Then a cryptic phone call spurs her on a rescue mission. She can't believe Abby ran off with a man who turns into a bear -- until she meets his friend Raul and falls head over heels. (ELLORA'S CAVE, May '07, 250 pp., $12.99)