Review: Half in Love (Willie Krenshaw) by Lea Barrymire

November 3, 2014 Review 1

Review: Half in Love (Willie Krenshaw) by Lea Barrymire

[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, shape-shifters, vampires, HEA] Willie Krenshaw wanted nothing more than a few minutes watching the waters of Lake Erie after a long workday. What she ended up with was a drugged male vampire and an itch to be a Good Samaritan. When her inner kitty starts sniffing around at the male she's helping, she knows Fate's evil sense of humor is in full swing. Being a shifter-vampire hybrid is hard enough, but having a male vampire as her fated mate is just too much. Nickola, the vampire she assists, finds her breathtaking and does all he can to push Fate's agenda. Stephen is the male vampire Nickola is investigating for the Council. He takes aim at the couple, intent on pulling Nick to his side or killing him. Between Stephen's scheming and the Council's interest in Willie, can they survive the chaos long enough to test the depths of their passions? ** A Siren Erotic Romance

Title: Half in Love
Author: Lea Barrymire
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fondled and Gobbled: Back for More, Wired in Sin, Made Whole, Cain's Salvation
Series: Willie Krenshaw
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Made Whole
Published by Siren Publishing
Source: Author
Published: June 6, 2012
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 122
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

The first book in the erotic paranormal series Willie Krenshaw is an intriguing romance that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end.

After a long workday, shifter- vampire hybrid Willie Krenshaw ends up being the Good Samaritan and saving a drugged vampire male.  Fate’s evil sense of humor is in full swing as her inner kitty starts sniffing after the vampire. Nikola is trying to find a rogue vampire, when Willie saves him after he is attacked, he finds that he likes fate’s humor and is pushing things along. With the rogue vampire Stephen takes aim at the couple to stop the investigation and the council’s sudden interest in Willie, can they survive the chaos long enough to see where fate takes them.

The fast paced and smooth flowing plot is full of suspense, action, romance and sizzling passion. The author brings the story to life with vivid imagery and strong compelling characters that capture the imagination. The action is described with lots of details that make it seem as if the reader is watching it in real life

The attraction between Willie and Nick explodes from the pages and the sex scenes leave the reader scorched. The author conveys the personalities and emotions of the characters with such intensity that the reader can easily relate to them and ensures that the reader wants to know more about them.  Willie has a combustible personality that is strong, emotional, whinny and funny all at the same time and Nick is the strong sexy alpha vampire type with a sensitive side.

The author has created a paranormal romance that keeps the reader turning the pages and on the edge of their seat.  The characters grab the attention and compel the reader to learn more about them, not only the main couple, but the others as well, especially the arrogant Alex that entices the reader to violence is charming in his own way.  I am looking forward to the next adventure Willie embarks on it will be interesting to see where fate takes her next.Half in Love


About Lea Barrymire

Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rugrats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She’s slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life’s adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn’t reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

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Excerpt 5 (Rated R):

Strong arms made her feel safe, secure, and treasured. This was so different than the harsh mauling she endured earlier when the rage rode him. This was how a woman should feel in the arms of a man she was attracted to. Their breath mingled as he deepened the kiss, twining his tongue with hers. She was overwhelmed and on the edge of losing control. She kept her hands fisted in his coat, fighting the urge to wrap her arms around his neck and hold him tightly against her body. His lips burned a hot trail across hers, leaving heated and aching flesh behind. Lips moved slowly along her jaw and nipped at her earlobe. A sharp canine bit into the flesh. Pain and pleasure flashed through her mind. He licked the hurt before taking her mouth again in a bruising, captivating kiss. She moaned into his mouth when he sucked her lower lip into his mouth, nipping and licking his way across her mouth. Slowly her control slipped as the heat he created replaced her nervousness with need. She wasn’t focused anymore on what Nick was, just that he was the male that her animal wanted. Hell, if she was honest with herself, he was who she wanted. She wanted to delve into his mouth, suck his tongue into her mouth, taste every inch of his body. She wanted to wrap her body around his and invite him into all of her intimate places.

Her cougar was at the edge of her conscious mind, growling and pacing, looking for a way to take control and mark her mate. The cat was purring so loudly that Willie couldn’t hear anything else. The sound was making thought impossible. Her canines itched to elongate and take a nip at this male that had her at such odds with herself. Her clit was throbbing in time to her heart beat. Moisture was pooling in her slit, and the need to be filled by Nick was threatening to tear her sanity apart. She wanted to bite him, to leave her possessive mark on his body. The need to claim him as hers, so no other female would approach him, rushed through her. A growl rumbled in her chest before she could stop the sound.

“Easy. Keep it together, Willie. They’re already starting to leave. Just another minute or two and we can leave.” Nick’s voice was rough with passion as he breathed the words into her ear. A shudder raced through her body from the intimate sound. She wanted to hear him talk dirty to her in that voice. She wanted to hear him yell her name in passion with that voice as they climaxed together. “I’m trying to keep your scent covered with mine so they don’t catch a whiff of your shifter side. You need to keep a handle on your animal because your scent is changing. Gods, but you smell hot and wet.”

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