December 12, 2012

Review: Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James

Title: Hunger Embraced
Author: Jennifer James
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Publisher: Etopia Press
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Source: Purchased

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Overall Rating: 4 Bad Boys – Really Enjoyed It!!!!
Reviewer: Kat

Author Summary

She’s fed up with being fed on.

All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left alone isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.

Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy—T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blond. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.

When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...

My Thoughts

This novel is seriously HOT!  From Chapter 1 through to the end. Since the heroine is an incubus, it’s to be expected. Wall sex, shower sex, dressers, beds and floors…well you get the idea. When an incubus is involved, expect things to happen anywhere, anytime.

And all of it is fantastic and titillating, but really, what I liked most about this novel is the unexpected entertainment value I got from it. The detailed worldbuilding, the storyline and the heroine surprised me. 

There’s a whole world built around a society of covens, a Vampire Council and Guardians who worked for the Council. We get a glimpse into the politics surrounding each. There are elements of fantasy and mythology as well. It’s obvious that the author took her time to build this world and ensure the setting, culture, characters and other details blended nicely. 

Then a great storyline emerges telling us how vampires can no longer be born and haven’t for 100 years, and how the heroine will play a significant role in bringing about a change. Throw in a badass villain to muddy things up, a hot as hell hero (or two) and I was a happy happy reader. 

There are plenty of action scenes (not just sex) but actual fighting where our heroine shines and kicks some serious ass. I really liked the heroine, Miranda, and found her to have many dimensions to her character. She actually had a human upbringing and we see how she struggled to accept what she was and what she now has to do to survive. Despite it all, she amazingly holds onto her individuality and independence. As bothered as she is by some things she has to do, she accepts her fate and learns how to deal with it best she can.

There are lots of great characters, both human and supernatural. I would like to have seen a little more development of the hero Daniel. But this is the first in a series, so I imagine my curiosity will be fulfilled in upcoming novels. I found the villain to be particularly compelling. Despicable but still very convincing.   

So bottom line is if you are looking for a very erotic supernatural tale with a good storyline, strong worldbuilding with elements of fantasy and mythology, Hunger Embraced will do it for you. I really enjoyed my reading experience and happily recommend it!

Happy Reading!!

4 Bad Boys – Really Enjoyed It!!!!

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