Title: Therian Prey
Before Carissa has time to react to her sister's disappearance, she's kidnapped and taken deep into the Colorado mountains. Her kidnapper swears he's protecting her, but Carissa doesn't know what to believe. He emanates danger, strength and raw sexuality. She's drawn to him, craves his demanding kiss and the slide of his hard body against and into hers. Quinn has always been an outsider, scorned and mistrusted by other Therian shapeshifters. Now he's in the middle of a budding civil war and he's not sure how to disentangle himself without endangering Carissa. Though her powers are latent, Carissa has the potential of becoming the most powerful Therian the world has ever seen. It was Quinn's intention to bring Carissa to safety and simply walk away, but one taste of her sweet lips and he knows he'll never let her go. She won't be truly safe until she's selected her mate-and he intends to be the one she chooses.
Author: Cyndi Friberg
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Therian Priestess , Therian Promise, Therian Prize, Therian Prisoner
Series: Therian Heat
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Therian Priestess , Therian Promise, Therian Prisoner
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: September 23, 2011
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
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Carissa and her sister Ava own a small shop in Colorado that caters to outdoor activities. After an attractive man, Quinton Jenaro, visits Carissa starts to feel things she’s never felt before. Quinn is doing a friend a favor by finding the sisters. They are the last descendants of the Omni Prime and the only ones capable of becoming the new Prime. When he meets Carissa he is immediately attracted to her but he knows he needs to keep his distance. However, that becomes impossible after Ava is kidnapped and Carissa is almost taken by their estranged father. For her safety, he takes her into the heart of the Therian community to keep her safe and teach her about her family’s history.
I really enjoyed Carissa and Quinn. They don’t get off to the best start since she is ignorant of her family history and thinks Quinn is crazy but once she starts to accept that he is telling the truth, they are able to build trust and she comes to rely on him for strength. Quinn is very much the strong silent type. He has been an outcast in the Therian society for the past four years but he doesn’t let that stop him from pursuing Carissa when he senses she could be his mate.
There is almost a character overload in this book. We are introduced to a lot of secondary characters in the last half of the book that could have been confusing but Friberg did a nice job of reminding the reader of who they were. There are plenty of characters open to write other stories about and several that really struck me as great alpha males.
There are also at least two distinct sets of bad guys that are introduced so there is a lot of external conflict that Carissa and Quinn have to watch out for. There were scenes played out from the bad guys perspectives which I don’t normally like but I did show the reader that Quinn and the other Therian’s have a reason to be worried about the future.
I am excited to read more in the Therian Heat series. A lot of interesting characters were introduced that need their stories told and I am looking forward to reading them. As this is book 2 in the series I can say that you don’t need to read the prequel Therian Priestess before this one as none of the character reoccur from that story. The prequel tells how the Omni Prime came to be.