"Ms. Austin brings this fantasy to life"
Who would think that hiking in the mountains can change
your life for the better? While hiking in the mountains,
Anita falls getting a concussion that causes her to not
remember things clearly. While she tries to figure out
where to go while battling the feeling of being lost and in
pain, she realizes she is being followed by a big black
jaguar. But it's not only a jaguar, it can shift into a
very tall and very hot stranger. The strange thing is, she
isn't afraid of this man. The voice she hears in her head
doesn't scare her, it tells her to follow him and it makes
her feel like she is doing the right thing. Soon she finds
herself at a cave where the stranger takes care of her
injuries, and later sees him change back into his Cat
form, curling himself around her so that his fur can keep
her warm. Confused but not scared while surrounded by his
fur, she feels nothing but safe. When Anita wakes up again,
she is in a hospital and finds out that she had been there
eight days, how could this be, she wonders? She remembers
little bits of a tall dark man that wasn't just a man. She
knows that she wants this man no matter what he is, because
he makes her feel safe, loved and what more could a woman
ask for? So she starts on a quest to find out what had
happened during her stay with the man/jaguar, to find out
where and who he is, because this man is the man she loves
and she plans to share her life with him. But what she
doesn't know is that she faces a future that could find her
or the man she loves facing death, can she live and love
the man/jaguar? Or are they destined to not having the
future they both crave and need?
All Rakahnja wanted was to keep the woman he had found and
helped take care of her head injuries. He wanted to keep
her as his mate but he knows that to do the right thing to
keep her safe is to take her to the hospital to make sure
she is really OK. He knows that he can only do so much, but
with injuries like she had sustained, she needed more help
then he could give. Just being with the woman the short
amount of time he had, Rakahnja had fallen hard. But now he
must put her safety above what he wants and desires to give
her the medical help she needs, even if it tears him apart.
He also fears that if she knew his whole story of what he
is, would she even have stayed? So he takes her to the
hospital and goes back to his lonely cave with his heart
and thoughts on the woman he had just left in the care of
others. Will he ever see her again? Or will he live the
rest of his life dreaming and wishing she were there?
Wow, Nicole Austin did it again, she knows how to fill you
with descriptions of the characters and the places they
live that can blow you away. She builds the story and shows
you the love that these two share for each other that just
pulled at my heart, and made me wish that they would get
what they deserved, each other. This world she built was
full of fantasy that came to full life and vivid detail and
made me feel I was right there with them. That shows a gift
of words that brings the story to life. I can't wait to
read more by Ms. Austin in the future.
Reviewed by Nicole Harvey
Posted February 22, 2008
Lost, dehydrated, mired in a fog of confusion, Anita Bennett is being stalked through the mountains by a black jaguar with golden eyes. Or maybe it's a tall, dark and handsome man with those same stunning eyes. At first it all just seems like a fantastic hallucination.
Part man, part jaguar, Rakahnja knows he cannot keep the beautiful woman he finds injured in the mountains. Anita belongs to the human world, even though she's captured his heart. But he sees no harm with indulging the carnal instincts she stirs. At least until there's no choice left except returning his mate to the city.
Anita's fight to solve the mystery of eight lost days in the mountains leads to a hunt for the jaguar-man who haunts her fractured memories. Her plan — find and seduce the lover she's certain is not a mere figment of her concussed mind. What she never anticipates is his resistance. Armed with only sheer determination and her stubborn refusal to give up, Anita finds that more than her happiness is at stake.