Warning: This review contains words that some may find offensive. It is not my intention to offend but to give you a fair idea of what this book contains so that you may better judge if it is for you.
Format: epub (purchased)
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Purchase Links: Ellora's Cave l Kindle l Nook
Zandy's had too much to drink and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She knows she's going to die. When her eyes open again, a beautiful man-creature is holding her in his arms. He is just too tempting to resist-her fallen angel. She wraps herself around his body, determined to have him. Reality crashes in when he turns out to be flesh and blood. She's just molested a New Species.
Tiger's shock quickly turns to intense passion when the small human female kisses him. She's trying to get his clothes off and wants to share sex with him but she's lying across the hood of his Jeep and he's engaged in a task force operation.
Sigh, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. What can I say? I've been waiting to read about Tiger since I first met him in Fury. He was smart, funny, charming and hell bent on NOT taking a mate. Throughout the New Species series, Tiger became more and more sure that he would never take a mate, especially a human one. So I knew that the woman he fell in love with would have to be unique and a little on the crazy side to take on Tiger.
Enter Zandy Gordon. Goodness even her name is unique. It took some getting used to her name since it's the first time I've ever met a character with that name, but she's definitely one of a kind. When the reader first meets Zandy, she's a little down on her luck, she refuses to sleep with her boss and he's making her life hell, so she decided to drown her sorrows at Mickey's Bar and Grill. Big mistake. A bar fight breaks out and Zandy's caught in the middle! She soon finds herself being crushed under the weight of some of the fighting patrons and believes she's going to die. Until help arrives.
Tiger and his NSO team have been called upon by the local sheriff to help break up the bar fight. Once Tiger realizes that under a bunch of drunken bodies, is a human female his protective instincts kick in. He literally throws the bodies off of the Zandy until he gets to her. Once he frees her however, she isn't breathing. After administering CPR, Tiger carries Zandy outside, where she believes she's died and Tiger has come to escort her to hell. Thinking she has nothing left to lose, she practically molests him in public! The whole scene should be amusing but instead it's hot, really, really hot.
Fast forward a few weeks and Zandy's been fired from her job and is waiting to be interviewed for a new one, with the New Species. She gets the job at the incoming mail department, sorting through fan mail, hate mail and threats. Hoping she doesn't run into Tiger, she heads to lunch and just when she thinks luck is on her side, in walks Tiger and he looks just as good as she remembers.
The two begin what they foolishly think is a sex only relationship and it is rather entertaining to watch these two become more emotionally involved. Especially Tiger. He's in denial throughout most of the book, it's kind of like watching someone with an addiction. He refuses to admit he's got a problem. It's more of a pride thing really, he's been so adamant about not wanting to take a mate, especially a human and has given his mated friends such grief that he knows any interaction/relationship with Zandy is bound to bite him in the ass if it is made public.
At the same time, things heat up in a bad way for the New Species, news of their leader and public figure Justice North's mating and marriage to a human woman (Book 4, Justice) has people in a frenzy, especially the hate groups, who mistake Zandy for Justice's mate, Jessie. After an attack outside of the gates of Reservation, Zandy is forced to stay in the human housing within the gates where she is attacked yet again by a human intruder (This poor woman really can't catch a break). You might be thinking, "She sounds like one of those wimpy female characters that's always in trouble and the male has to always save her to prove how macho he is."
Well you couldn't be more wrong.
Zandy's a strong female character but because she's human and is New Species friendly, that just makes her a really easy target for the Anti-New Species groups in the book. Each attack on Zandy also serves to bring Tiger closer to accepting the fact that he has it bad for her, that he's falling in love with her and that if he keeps fighting it, one day he might just lose her to the hate groups and he will have never told her or shown her how he felt and how good it could be between them. Added to the life threatening attacks is the fact that there's another New Species male interested in Zandy. Tiger doesn't have much time to make up his mind on whether he wants to keep the no-strings attached relationship with Zandy, or take the chance and see if he and Zandy could have something more precious together.
What I love about the New Species males, besides them being really tall, buff and well, talented in the bedroom is their frankness. They don't bullshit you, they tell you how it is and sometimes it comes out wrong, you have to remember that they were locked up and denied basic interaction that didn't pertain to experimentation. They can be funny without trying, because they have animal instincts and behaviors that while natural in the wild, are a bit strange and mortifying coming from a man, as Zandy finds out constantly.
This book contains more sex scenes than the other previous books because, well, it's Tiger and unless you've read the previous books where he appears, you won't get what I mean.
However, don't think that the amount of sex between Tiger and Zandy deludes the storyline, it doesn't. This is and erotic romance but it isn't smut, it isn't porn and it isn't something to be ashamed about reading. Tiger and Zandy are two very interesting characters, who have their reasons for wanting a purely sexual relationship and yes, the sex scenes between them are, wow, really hot. But that's what you get when you read Laurann Dohner's New Species series. Hot, fog-up-your-glasses scenes mixed with a strong storyline, lovable characters and humor. It really can't get any better than this.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series, or for Vengeance's story, if anyone deserves a loving mate, it's that poor man. There is a particularly heart breaking scene between Vengeance and Tiger in this book and you find out just how broken Vengeance is over the loss of his mate, and how he desperately misses her. He is the poster child for what happens when a New Species has a mate and she is murdered. *sniffle* Make sure you have some tissues for that scene.
So what are you waiting for? Go and grab the ENTIRE New Species series by Laurann Dohner, you won't be disappointed.
Note: This book, and the other New Species books (and I'm sure plenty of erotic romance books) use swear words as well as the words "cock," "pussy," and other words in reference to genitalia that some find offensive. I don't. I just wanted to warn you :) Happy reading.