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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Review - Beastly Cravings by Dayana Knight

Title: Beastly Cravings

Author: Dayana Knight

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

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Rating: You Could Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Vesta Johns has everything going for her—except her health. Desperate to find the answers to her lethargy and her insatiable desire for raw meat and sex, she seeks out the help of her doctor, but Dr. Cohen can give her no answers. Or can she?

Torrence Simiene is a medical consultant with a unique specialization. As an alpha werewolf, it’s been his job to aid Dr. Cohen’s special patients through their transition from human to shifter, for years. This time, however, it’s different. Vesta arouses his primal lust, and he’s having a hard time keeping her at a distance.

Will the doctor’s plan of care offer the ultimate cure for Tor and Vesta’s bestial cravings, or further drive them apart?

I am not a fan of the “destined to be together” theme; largely because to me, it always feels lazy and stilted. Why should the characters go through the trials, tribulations and uncertainties of relationships, when destiny can just sweep in and make everything wonderful? Now, granted, if this theme had been coupled with another plot or an obstacle for the characters to overcome, it can work well. But when forced to stand alone, it feels like the characters are being led by the nose.

The major event that this story hangs its hat on is that Vesta’s first shift would be very hard on her. But when the time comes, it just gets glossed over in favor of getting to the sex faster. In fact the whole shape-shifter theme seems almost like window dressing in this story. That is, it lacks a function beyond a means for the characters to get together without raising too many questions.

As for the sex, I found it too melodramatic for my taste, thus making it far more humorous than hot.

Overall, this is not a bad book, but it is not a very good one either. That said, it will pass a rainy day if you are bored.

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