Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Review - Lost Shifters 04: Carnal Intentions © Stephani Hecht


Lost Shifters 04 - Carnal Intentions

Author: Stephani Hecht

Publisher:eXtasy books


During one fateful night of death and loss, twenty years ago, Mitchell lost almost everything he held dear. Not only were his parents murdered, but his younger brothers were kidnapped and thought lost forever. Since then, Mitchell has not only had to lead the felines in rebuilding their society, but he’s had to protect them from future attacks. This leaves little time for his own wants and needs.

Being the second born, wolf shifter Dean, has always lived to serve others. He’s never disobeyed orders, even when one of them dictated that he had to give up a man he loved. Broken and alone, Dean vowed never to open his heart to another. Then both of their lives are turned upside down when it’s discovered that a rogue wolf from Dean’s pack is holding one of Mitchell’s lost brothers captive.

The men find they have no choice but to work together to save him. That’s easier said than done since wolves and felines have never gotten along. That doesn’t stop Dean and Mitchell for falling for each other and after one night of passion, things change between them forever. But will duty and honor keep them from their happily ever after? If so, will either man be able to recover from the loss?


Mitchell paused at a door. "You can take this room while you're here."
Since they were the only ones in the apartment, Dean allowed himself to step in close to Mitchell. "Where's your room?"
A sly smile played on Mitchell's lips. "Right next door."
"How convenient is that?" Dean moved in another couple of inches. He couldn't publically offer the same support that Brent and Keegan had received from their mates. Now that they were alone, however, Dean hoped to give Mitchell at least a small measure of comfort. It was the least he could do and if they both ended up enjoying said comfort, all the better.
Mitchell reached out and hooked his fingers in the belt loops of Dean's pants. "I figured after being so far apart from each other for so long, we deserved a reprieve."
"Won't your family notice?" Dean allowed Mitchell to tug him so their chests were flush together.
"Not unless you get carried away and scream in pleasure while I'm fucking you." Mitchell's eyes glinted with wicked intent.
Dean's knees almost gave out from under him. How he loved when Mitchell looked at him that way, as if starved and Dean were the main course of a fine meal. "You could always gag me," he replied, his voice a hoarse whisper.
"Hmm…that does sound interesting. You would look so hot all bound up, gagged and at my mercy." Mitchell ran the tip of his tongue along Dean's jaw.
Dean shuddered in passion. "When is everyone coming home?"
"Not for a while, yet. Cassie and Jacyn are getting ready to leave, while Carson and Keegan are still tracking down leads." Mitchell started to do that whole full-body-rub thing again. It was something all felines instinctively did when they were aroused.
It never failed to set Dean off, too. "So does that mean you can show me where my bed is?" Dean asked breathlessly as he thrust against Mitchell.
Mitchell answered him by opening the door and pulling Dean in. As soon as they crossed the threshold, they both started to tear at each other's clothes.

Carnal Intention © Stephanie Hecht

My Thoughts

I have been waiting on this book it seem from the moment I read the first book in the Lost Shifter series. Why because this is Mitchell’s story – Mitchell is the big brother, the leader of the Jaguar shifters and for all intend and purpose the leader of the coalition of shifters that is slowly forming around him.

Still on the hunt for his missing siblings Mitchell is elated when he hears that there is news of one of his lost brothers, that news however comes from a source that Mitchell is not only wary of but knows that he has to have his guard up at all times.

Toss into that mix is the fact that his mate - Dean is related to this source and so it is really a bittersweet moment for Mitchell. Wanting to know as much as possible about his brother but on the other hand wanting the time with the man he knows is meant to be his, who also insist on choosing family loyalty over following his heart – is maddening for Mitchell.

Time is literally against them and Mitchell has to step up to the plate and do what he is best at – Lead. With the new info disturbing and sketchy at best he and his other siblings draw on their strengths to find the most advantageous of time to strike.    

Dean is Mitchell’s Achilles' heel and while he is willing to do just about anything for him – Dean comes from a different set of standards and it takes some home trust and an ultimatum for him to get his ass into gear and man up to what life is all about – but, will Mitchell still be waiting for him when he make this revelation.

I really like CARNAL INTENTIONS alot,  it does not follow the train of the other books in the series which was a good change in my opinion and hopefully it will set the trend for future books in the series.

Firstly Mitchell knows who his mate is and as such most of the guess work is already done for me. When Dean is initially introduced to me, he comes across as whiny and indecisive, but as the book progresses I saw that Dean is actually a strong character and Mitchell is actually very lucky to have him.

From the second book in this series there was a niggle in the back of my mind that someone must be orchestrating the rage against the shifter coalition and more over this feeling of a personal vendetta against Mitchell  himself, so the fact that Ms. Hecht added more meat to the plotline was definately a welcome change.

The siblings are closer than ever and it was sweet to see them all living, working and sharing the pain and joys of finding another brother together.

Short and sweet was this book and as much as I wanted Mitchell to be with his love, I really liked the fact that the emphasis of this book was on the lost brother and his hopes and fear and his battle to stay alive to meet his family. 

Bottom line

Hecht is only getting better and better with each book in this series and CARNAL INTENTIONS is without a doubt my favourite of the LOST SHIFTER series so far. All the smexing is still there but the entire books has a more mature feel to it. With the siblings mixing it up with their different personalities, I laughed out loud a time or two and my heart almost broke at some the darker scenes in this book.

With the possibility of betrayal and a constant worry about the future of the coalition, Mitchell has to keep his ear alert and his wits about him, however it is sweet to see him with Dean who he has waited a long time for and would have done anything for.

Primal Passions-Book 1

A Feral Christmas-Book 2

Savage Awakenings-Book 3

My Thoughts HERE

12 Speak To Me:

Chris on 15 June 2010 at 13:25 said...

I really enjoy this series, too!

Tam on 15 June 2010 at 14:30 said...

Arghhh. Why don't I have this one? I think I need to go on a SH binge here. Must get shopping.

Lily on 15 June 2010 at 15:31 said...

I can't believe I still haven't gotten the books in this series. I love her writing. I'll have to go shopping soon.

Kris on 15 June 2010 at 23:43 said...

I so need to get this. I love this series.

Stephani Hecht on 16 June 2010 at 02:13 said...

Thank you so much for the nice review. I'm having a tough week and this just cheered me up.

Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:07 said...


I really need to check out more of her work, while I wait on the next book - I like her style alot..


Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:08 said...


I can't believe you have not read it yet - get it, get it...


Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:09 said...


There are four in the series so far - so I think you are safe to start reading...


Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:10 said...


You too...

get it, get it, get it..


Erotic Horizon on 16 June 2010 at 08:12 said...


Sorry to hear about your week - Glad I could do my part in lifting your spirits..

Great series - I am looking forward to the next book, sounds like it's going to be explosive..


Tracy on 16 June 2010 at 21:06 said...

I've heard so much about Hecht lately that I should really check out what you all are talking about. I'll remedy that quickly. :) Thanks for the great review.

Erotic Horizon on 20 June 2010 at 14:13 said...

You are welcome Tracy..

I do like her style alot.. Hope she works for you..