Feral Serenity by Kelly Nicolson

Feral Serenity by Kelly Nicolson
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (100 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

A tranquil lake…a feral passion…

Mellissa has everything she needs to enjoy her tranquil, lakeside vacation: peace, quiet, wine, and books. But the serenity doesn’t last long when a big, wild-looking man shoves his way into her cabin, then promptly falls unconscious at her feet. Mellissa never expected hot sex to be on her itinerary, but she can’t refuse the dominating male who sets her body on fire with a simple touch. Her heart, though, is another story.

Dax, a bear shifter, is injured and on the run from the cats who had imprisoned him. Finding refuge in the lakeside cabin, he’s overwhelmed by the luscious female who makes his instincts roar and his body ache with the need to claim her as his own. But the stubborn female doesn’t seem to understand that she’s his. He’ll have to convince her that he’s worth the gamble of her heart, but when the cat shifters come for him, his feral side will do anything to keep her safe…

I really enjoyed this lovely paranormal story.

I’d say that this book was one of the better developed novellas that I’ve read lately. The author definitely did a great job with that part. She gave me a good feel for the characters, their fears, frustrations, and feelings for each other. Dax had a strong drive to protect his mate and his people, while Mellissa was obviously a nurturer. She started out in a timid direction but I could soon see her potential for growth. It turned out that she was strong enough to put her foot down when she needed to. She took care of Dax and tried to protect him, which was actually funny because he’s a powerful bear shifter.

Much to my delight it had sexy times aplenty. I’ll admit that was real nice, but it didn’t dominate the storyline at all. Meaning that this one had a strong storyline to go with the hot love scenes. It was fast paced and had excellent grammar. It also had a bit of suspense and a fairly climactic ending when the bad guys, who were shifter mountain lions, showed up to wreak their havoc. Lastly, I felt that it was romantic and sweet, a requisite for most of the books that I enjoy as much as I did this one.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I’m interested in finding out if it’s part of a series. That would be just fine with this happy reader.

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