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WHEN HE WAS BAD
SHELLY LAURENSTON AND CYNTHIA EDEN
ISBN#: 978-0-7582-2726-3
June 2008
Kensington Brava
850 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Trade Paperback
$14.00
304 Pages
Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Miss Congeniality

Irene Conridge has always been different and isolated. A child prodigy, she addressed the U.N. at ten years old, now at twenty five she is an established scientist and much sought after and feared professor.

Niles Van Holtz is the son of the Alpha of the Van Holtz pack and helps run the family’s lucrative steak houses. Something about the admittedly plain Irene has attracted him since he met her seven years ago and now he is going to act on that attraction.

A cold scientist and a passionate werewolf clash on the path to love. Some governmental agents both foreign and domestic would like to control Irene, but even Van has no hope of that.

As usual, Ms. Laurenston has given us a heroine who is not the average. She has no social graces, is not beautiful and does not have a winning personality. She does have spunk, intelligence and a sense of humor which are so much more important. Van is the perfect Alpha werewolf and an unlikely but perfect mate for Irene. Their adventures are weird and scary at times, and the love scenes are scorchers. This fun story is why she is one of my favorite authors.

Wicked Ways

Miranda, a high school computer teacher, is willing to take a chance on dating a man she met online. The pickings are slim in her little Florida town.

Cain is a shapeshifter and new in town. He has plans for the pretty schoolteacher next door and they do not involve her getting drained by a vampire.

Internet dating is risky, but even the most cautious would not expect their date to be an actual vampire bent on draining her. Miranda now finds out that the vampire is also a serial killer and her supernatural neighbor is with the FBI.

I really enjoyed this story, it is a bit more serious and intense than the previous one, but Cain is just as hot as Van and the chemistry between Cain and Miranda sizzles right from the beginning. The hunt for Paul the vampire is violent and exciting and will have you on the edge of your seat. The other characters are vividly real from the local police, to the FBI agents, to the other vampires. I just could not put this one down.

This is a great pair of shapeshifter stories by well known and talented writers. Fans of this genre will not be disappointed in either story and I could not pick a favorite between the two.

Maura
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