Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Unfinished-Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd


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 Oliva 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.

My Review:
I'm a Romance reader. I want relationship and romance in a story. When you have a book, whose first chapter, is about a terrified woman, running from someone who she knows wants to kill her, she is sees a stranger in her back yard, at night, so she runs from him, only to be tackled to the ground.
This stranger, so overcome by her "scent" then proceeds to hold her down, thrust his tongue in her mouth, and frankly, "dry humps" her,this,in the "heroes" words is "so erotic how she squirms to get free"? WTF?

Here's another "gem" and remember, this is only, the FIRST CHAPTER-
"though he knew it was madness, the feral part of his soul was roaring that he needed to mount her, penetrate her, and fill her up with a hot, thick surge of come before she could get away"

Are you frigging kidding me? If this was any other genre book, a statement like that would be from a villain or criminal-NOT the hero! That is thinking about RAPE folks! I don't give a good gawd damn if he's a shape shifter or just some regular guy-that is some messed up stuff! 
This is romance? Strange men sexually assaulting terrified women? Here's a thought-with all his supernatural smelling abilities, couldn't the hero smell that the poor woman was terrified? Call me crazy-but attempted rape is just not attractive to me, nor will I waste my time reading such garbage. Thank goodness I got this book to review and didn't pay money for it or I'd be one unhappy camper.
Romance writers-exactly when did "alpha male" morph into attempted rapist, and when did that become "sexy"? Disgusting. Not recommended. 

As an aside-
It seems to me that many Paranormal Romance writers are using the genre of Paranormal Romance, as an excuse to have their male leads behave like abusive "animals"-who bully, assault, or like in this case, pretty much attempt to rape the heroine. There are some who like that crap-and to each his own-but that's what we have EROTICA for. That way, if a reader doesn't want to read that kind of kinky stuff, they just stay away from erotica novels. 

It is very "irksome", to say the least, the HARLEQUIN, for one, is merchandising novels like this one as "Paranormal Romance" when anyone with  a brain will see that this book is erotica as soon as they read it.   I for one, do not read Paranormal, or any genre of Romance, for this kind of  "rape fantasy" bullshit. Leave it in the erotica section Harlequin.

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