Thursday, April 15, 2010

Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd - ERR Challenge Review

Sold into slavery as a child to a cruel taskmaster, tiger-shifter Aiden Shrader trusts no one. Not even his own kind. Yet as a member of the Watchmen—the organization of shape-shifters who keep watch over the ancient nonhuman races—Aiden is fiercely protective of the helpless. Never more so than when he's asked to guard a little girl with witches' blood— and her beautiful human aunt. A woman who arouses all of Aiden's primal urges. . . urges he must resist.

To small-town schoolteacher Olivia Harcourt, the massive tiger-shifter with the glowing amber eyes is as much a dark mystery as the enemy stalking her. Yet Aiden is her only hope of surviving. Until their intense passion unleashes her own inner tigress with a ferocity that will make the evil Casus rue the day they messed with her family. . . and will take Aiden by seductive surprise.

Good job Rhyannon Byrd! Even if she never reads this, even if people think I'm crazy for congratulating an author that obviously doesn't need my approval to do anything, I'm still going to say good job. This was a fantastic book and lives up to the promise she showed as an eBook author. Before this latest release I liked her print books, they were always pretty good, but with this one I became a lover (hehe) of her print books.

Touch of Seduction has all the emotion and fire that made Byrd's eBooks so incredibly fantastic to read. I've always felt like her stories and the worlds that she created as an eBook author demonstrated her strength as an erotica author to watch, as a person who could write in steaming hot sex scenes and make them applicable and appropriate to the book. It wasn't that one detracted or existed separate from the other - the sex scenes were intrinsic to what made the books so great. Still, somehow, the earlier books in the series just didn't ring as true for me. With this book though she makes up for all of that.

Aiden and Olivia were a wonderful couple to read about. Both were their own issues, both with past experiences that made them wary to trust anyone today, it just all rang very true to me. Aiden actually reminds me quite a bit of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Ash, just with what he went through as a child and the type of transformation he was to go through internally to be able to be with Olivia. Byrd works in all the supporting and main characters from the previous books in this series and really sets up the storyline for big changes in the future. I'm so excited!

Overall Feeling -Thumbs up! So, so good and a great pick me up to for this series.

Series - 1) Edge of Hunger 2) Edge of Danger 3) Edge of Desire 4) Touch of Seduction 5) Touch of Surrender (4/27/10) 6) Touch of Temptation (2010)