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A very erotic version of Red Riding Hood
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2021
Going into this book I had no idea what to expect. I had never read anything by this author and was going in simply based on the blurb. I've always loved the tale of Red Riding Hood and this story did not disappoint.
Although it takes place on a distant alien planet, it did not have an overly sci-fi vibe. It's really the story of one young girl, cast out by her family, who takes the hardships dealt to her and prospers. The "wolves" in this story are actually an alien form of shapeshifters and warriors. They allowed the humans to settle on their world in exchange for the right to breed with them. Caught out after curfew on her way to escape to her grandparents home, Nyna is caught by the son of the Overlord, a huntsman, who takes her body in exchange for helping her to avoid the other hunters. When she discovers that she is pregnant, Nyna is once again forced to flee from her family that would have her terminate the child, all the while unaware that Sornoth, her mystery huntsman, is looking for her. When he is called to active military duty it will be almost two years before he returns to claim what he left behind. During this time Nyna has matured into a strong, independent woman and when they are once again together their chemistry is off the charts.
Although Nyna isn't given much in the way of options when Sornoth first catches her, it doesn't feel forced or non con. If not love, it's certainly a case of lust at first sight, and Nyna never expresses any regret or negativity towards her joining with Sornoth. In fact, he is quite surprised that she hasn't tried to bad mouth with their son - evidenced by the boy quickly dubbing him "Papa"! I loved that Nyna is feisty and strong and she doesn't let herself be overtly pushed around. She willingly conforms to what her status requires of her as the human mate, but there's never any resentment or bias. That she is a bit badass is humorous and endearing. Sornoth is not portrayed as arrogant or superior, as many Alphas are. He genuinely desires Nyna, body and heart, and strives to step into his role as her mate, without squelching her indomitable spirit.
I absolutely loved this book! The characters are well written and the world building is superb. There are engaging side characters and the whole feeling of the story is upbeat, engaging, adventurous and 🔥🔥! I'm going to go back and pick up the first book in this series and I look forward to other books after this. A truly wonderful read!