Author(s): Lorien Lyn
Also in this series: Claiming the Succubus
Published by Self-published on August 18. 2020
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC, eBook
Half-breed succubus Shia Hawley thrives in hunting down rogue paranormal threats as a bounty huntress. That is, until she was infected with wolf blood by an obsessive shifter. Now on a mission to find a cure as a turned-hybrid, she takes matter into her own hands to bring down her enemies.
Werewolf Enforcer Jaxon Rayes is a natural defender when it comes to protecting others, including the feisty succubus. From the moment he shared a kiss with Shia, she literally took his breath away. The alluring beauty fascinates him unlike anyone, and he's determined to help and win her over.
As they spend more time together, Shia begins to rely on the shifter for more than just safety. Being close to him stirs up a wild hunger she can't seemed to contain. But as their sexual attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them. Can Jaxon keep them both alive before their enemy attacks and her infection escalates out of control?
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Mating the Succubus by Lorien Lyn, the second book in the Takers series turned out to be an entertaining and quick read. I read the first book (Claiming the Succubus) way back in 2015 and felt the need to do a re-read before diving into this installment. Read my review for the first book here.
The story began one week after the events of book one. In the previous installment, an obsessive shifter held Shia, a half-breed and former bounty huntress captive and ran experiments with her as his primary subject. He infected her with wolf blood, intending to transform her from a Succubus to a full-blown shifter, but he created a hybrid instead. The infection is spreading throughout her body and if not cured will cause her to turn into a murderous beast. Her desperate need for an antidote led to her entering enemy territory to locate a doctor who she believed held the cure.
Jaxon Rayas, a wolf shifter aided in Shia’s rescue from the obsessive shifter. While on the rescue mission, he recognized that she was his mate. However, their species were enemies and that along with the dilemma of her infection meant he would have a hard time convincing her they belonged together. He never had a wonderful childhood and believed that nothing lasts forever, however Shia had him rethinking this mantra.
I enjoyed the story which I found entertaining, fast-paced and overall a quick read. I loved the ending, which put a smile on my face. However, the overall story arc is not complete. Although, I enjoyed the story there was an aspect I thought could have been further developed. It had to do with the villain’s interest in Shia. It was not clear if the interest was purely experimental. I kind of got the feeling it was more. I wish story was longer, as I would have love to spend more time with the characters.
The reader had a wonderful time getting to know the primary characters. The character development was impressive given the length of the book. Shia’s struggles with the physical and emotional effects of the infection were felt throughout the story. One could not help but empathise with her and was glad to see Jaxon was there to help her through each of her episodes. Their chemistry sizzled and there was a lot of sexual tension between them.
The reader found the secondary characters interesting and thought they added depth to the story. It was great catching up with the couple from the previous book and learning how their lives had developed.
Revisiting the world, the author created took me on a journey filled with excitement, danger, suspense and action.
Overall, Mating the Succubus was a great addition to the series and I am awaiting the next book.
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