Friday, 13 November 2009

Review: Halle Pumas Bk 3 - Cat Of a Different Color © Dana Marie Bell

Title: Cat Of a Different Color

Author: Dana Marie Bell

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Main Characters:Dr. Adrian Giordano & Sheridan Montgomery

He’ll do whatever it takes to protect his mate.

Halle Pumas, Book 3

Dr. Adrian Giordano is quite happy with the way his life is going. His two best friends are happily mated, and he’s still sanely single. He has friends, a thriving business, and the occasional Saturday night date. Then Sheridan Montgomery comes to town. His inner Puma responds to the husky-voiced snow princess in a way that tells him his life is about to be turned upside down.

Sheri can’t believe her luck could be this bad. Instinct tells her Adrian is her mate, but the last thing she wants to do is drag him into her messy life. She’s on the run from a big bad wolf—an ex who won’t take no for an answer. Worse, if he catches her, he’s got the teeth (and the Pack!) to take what he wants.

She doesn’t stand a chance alone, but with her friends—and the persistent Adrian—by her side, she might just survive.

If her ex doesn’t eat the yummy Dr. Giordano for lunch, that is…

 

“There you go,” her soft voice crooned. His cock twitched in response; the stupid thing thought she was talking to him. He was surprised to see what she was talking to, although with all of the visual clues he shouldn’t have been. She stepped out from around the edge of the bed holding the harness of a Seeing Eye dog. She bit her lip nervously. “It’s okay if I bring Jerry, right? I know how some people are about dogs in their cars.”

“Yeah, it’s fine,” he said, staring at the woman in front of him. OCA, probably type one. The white-blonde hair, pale blue eyes, nearly white skin…why hadn’t he put the clues together before? Most people with type one albinism were legally blind and required vision aids; as an optometrist he should have caught the signs, but he’d been so busy trying to ignore his dick (and her ass) that he’d missed the obvious. “Do you have your sunglasses?” Another commonality in albinism was sensitivity to light, but some chose wide-brimmed hats instead of sunglasses since sunglasses could impair what little vision they had.

She smiled again, this one sunny and warm with a tinge of relief. “Yes, they’re on the dresser.” She walked to the dresser, picked up a pair of black sunglasses with dark gray lenses and put them on. “There. All ready.”

As she walked past him he inhaled as quietly as he could. God, she smells good; all crisp and clean, like fresh snow, with an overlay of…coconut? Sunscreen, right. With the sun still in the sky she’d need the extra protection for all that pale skin. He cleared his throat and adjusted his pants; if his cock got any harder he’d be able to hammer nails with the damn thing.

He followed her out of the hotel room and waited while she locked her door. Taking a firm grip on Jerry’s lead she held out her free hand. Without thought he tucked it into his elbow, leading her to his car.

“So you share a practice with Max?”

He ignored the sudden surge of jealousy at the affection in her voice. “Yes, Max came home and partnered with me a little over three months ago.”

She smiled, her head tilted to the side again. “Simon and Becky took me to dinner a few days ago. I liked her. She suits him.”

Adrian shuddered. “Yes, I know.”

Sheri grinned up at him. “Why the shudder?”

“Becky’s…well, Simon once told me that he thought of her as ‘noisy, spiky and opinionated.’”

“She seems to have him well in hand.”

Adrian ignored the thread of humor running through her voice and chose to focus on her words. “Yes, she does.”

Her brows rose in surprise as he reached his black Mustang. “You have a problem with that?”

He opened the rear door and Jerry hopped right in. “It’s more a bachelor thing than a Becky thing.” He helped her in and shut her door, then moved to the driver’s side. He climbed in and started the car. “Becky and Emma are both great women, and Simon and Max love them, but that whole ‘hop because I said so’ just doesn’t appeal.”

“So I gather you aren’t looking for a mate?”

Nope. Already found her. Once again that annoying little voice refused to stay silent. “Not really,” he hedged.

“Good,” she replied firmly. “Neither am I.”

His Puma screamed its protest. Adrian did his best to ignore it, but it wasn’t easy. The world changed color on him in that subtle way that let him know his eyes had changed. Damn.

A Cat OF A Different Color © Dana Marie Bell

 

Review

Dr. Adrian Giordano is comfortable in his life – glad for his friends and their recent mating, pleased with the business he operates and just glad overall for all he had.

The last thing he has on his agenda his finding a mate, but faith and his pheromones were against him when he is sent to escort  Sheridan Montgomery to a pack meeting. From the moment he senses her he knows who she is – his life mate. But Adrian was not yet ready to be tied down and he was going to fight it as much as he can.

Sheridan Montgomery  is looking for shelter- she is being hunted and she is really up against the wall in what to do. Coming home, as Halle feel like it - to friends who are more than open to helping her deal with the challenges that she knows will find her ultimately – she now awaits her escort to get the formal introduction to the pack on the way.

Sheri comes with serious baggage, a disability and a dog – but as soon as she senses Adrian, she waste no time in letting him know she was not in the run for a mate because as much as she wants to deny it she knows that Adrian is her mate.

Danger does come calling and it is in the shape of a big bad wolf and he was vicious and out for blood. The need to protect one’s mate is ingrained in Adrian and as much as he does not want a mate when he finds out what is after Sheri he man’s up and accepts his responsibility. Added to that he finds out he is more essential to the building of the Halle Pumas that he would ever have dreamed and along with making Sheri his own, Life in small town Halle has suddenly become a three ring circus. 

CAT OF A DIFFERENT COLOR is the third book in the Halle Pumas series and there is danger, lust, love and power at play in this book. Straight off I was impressed with Sheri – it’s not often that I see a shifter book with a disable protag and I was immediately on the look out for how Ms. Bell would  handle this part of the story.

Sheri and Adrian are well developed character and I liked the time Ms. Bell took to flesh them out and their ultimate roles in the pack. She gave them a sense of humour as well as a  sense of community that would came in handy when they needed them.

The Halle Pumas themselves were not brush into the corner in this book, the hierarchy was being formed and this I loved more than anything else in the book – it’s was a well played move to see the pieces of a pack falling into place.

This books has wolves making an appearance and they do make and impact. For good and bad reasons but none the less they weigh heavily in how wonderful this book was.

The pace of the book moves fast – the scenes moves like snap shot of  camera and with each picture I got, there was an excitement not only of the impending danger but of bigger things about to happen to this pack.  

 

Bottom line…

CAT OF A DIFFERENT COLOR just solidify the fact that this series rocks. Ms. Bell tosses in some genuine danger and excitement in this book and I enjoyed it immensely. Sheri and Adrian are easy on the nerves and with a timely flow and enough smut to burn to sheets – I was loving this third book.

 

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