Image of Animal Urges


Image of Animal Urges

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.

In "Mark of the Beast," Abby stays at a remote cabin in Alaska, expecting her friend Katie to join her. A wild animal tries to get in, and Abby's almost relieved when a naked man shows up soon after. Once inside the cabin, Tarik shifts and becomes her worst nightmare.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski