Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: SamhainThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cathryn-cade.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Orion, Book 1 Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Scorching
Tryon Jag is an alpha-male Tyger — a man whose powerful instincts allow him to be one of the few people who can successfully guide ships through the deadly Cattarus system. When a shift in planetary alignment forces him into his yearly mating shift on the Orion instead of his home planet, the captain must take a volunteer among a select group of females — young, clean, and unmarked by the scent of multiple males — to submit to Tryon’s fierce mating and bring him back from the edge of insanity in time to steer the ship clear of a deadly asteroid field.
Calla Fellura is a tyger female who, while not a virgin, has never experienced the powerful sensuality of a shifted male. Knowing that her choices are limited, and unable to deny a fierce attraction to Jag that she’s felt since first arriving on the Orion, Calla volunteers to be his shift-mate. Realizing that a male of Jag’s pedigree would never choose her as a life-mate, she vows to keep her heart unattached, but when faced Jag’s sensuality and unexpected tenderness, she fears she may be very well on her way to being in love with the powerful male.
Just when it appears that things are back under control, a violent group of eco-terrorists attack the Orion, destroying their navigation system. Forced to rely on only his instincts, can Jag pilot them all to safety, or will the Orion, and everyone on it, be eliminated?
Overall, it was a very fast, very hot little read. The basic plot line of a male driven insane by a yearly mating shift, and a vulnerable female volunteering to help him regain control is delicious, but the subplot of the eco-terrorists was poorly done in my opinion. The overuse of feline references (no that’s not a euphemism either) also pulled down my enjoyment level, and when one of my big pet peeves (forced nudity) was brought into the mix, I had no choice but to greatly drop my rating.
Recommended for fans of forced exhibitionism, of intense sexuality driven by instinct, and by arrogant males completely blindsided by a minuscule female. 2.5/5...more
I keep seeing all these bad or at least mediocre reviews for this novel (both here and on Amazon) and I don**spoiler alert** So I'm a bit perplexed...
I keep seeing all these bad or at least mediocre reviews for this novel (both here and on Amazon) and I don't really get it. Yes, there was a bit less snark, and sure, Cat was a bit more woe-is-me and Bones was a bit of an overbearing ass, but overall, it was still exactly what I feel it should've been..
Then again, I was glad to see Edward leave in New Moon because I'm a sucker for angst *snorts*
What worked for me: I can't believe I'm saying this, but the whole Gregor bit actually worked for me. I know, I know, it seemed a bit cliche and soap operaish, especially in concept, the the execution of it was, IMO, very well done. I mean, what the hell else could've possible separated Cat and Bones? We'd already been through the old "I'm leaving you for your own good" at the end of Halfway to the Grave and the start of One Foot in the Grave, and it seemed like Cat'd gotten over the fact that Bones was a complete slut before they met (well, as much as anyone can get over that), so really, having their marriage voided was really the only thing that could've truly come between them by this point.
Vlad. Everything about that man. Geebus I hope that she has him as a hero of his own book soon before I spontaneously combust reading anything he's involved in *fans self* The bit about having not slept next to a woman who meant something to him for so long just made me melt *dreamy sigh*
What didn't work for me: Bones ****ing around on Cat, even though they were "broken up" -- Not. Cool. I mean, I even cringed in reading Reckoning from the Unbound anthology, because there was some fade-to-black action with Bones and another chick, and this was set before he'd even met Cat! So for him to be sleeping his way threw New Orleans just made me want to vomit. Literally. Blech.
And on that note, the lack of communication between those two drove me nuts. She keeps effing up his plans by jumping in without thinking or consulting him or trusting him (which is, of course, a big issue, since he's a bloody Master Vampire and all that) BUT he's just as bad with trying to cosset and shelter her! So sure, she needs to trust him and quite frankly quit insulting his manhood by acting like he needs rescuing all the damned time, but HE needs to start sharing his plans with her so that she won't freak out and jump in thinking he needs to be saved! *headdesk*
Please keep in mind though, that I've read these books out of order -- I started with First Drop of Crimson, then read Eternal Kiss of Darkness, and then started in on the Night Huntress series, so I had a very good inkling of how things were going to end up (moreso than someone who's new to the world or who has been reading them in order), so that could contribute to my feelings about this one.
I'm very anxiously looking forward to the next novel in this series :)