Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words
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“Diana Persaud is a self-published author of erotica. She has written numerous erotic novellas and is currently working on a half dozen more.
Diana has a degree in science from Stetson University. She gave up teaching to pursue her dream of being a writer of romance novels. The inspiration of her first erotic novella, Lucien’s Mate, came from her own experiences.”
If you are interested check out her website dedicated to Lucien and his pack. This site is for over 18. I did find an interesting poston her blog about feminist erotica, I thought I’d share that link also. :)
“From the moment Lucien, Alpha of the Last Hope Werewolf pack, sees Lanie, he knows she is his. Overtly sexual by nature, Lucien pursues Lanie, undeterred by the fact that she is Human and their union is forbidden.
When she encounters an Alpha Werewolf determined to have her, Lanie is flattered and confused. The unworldly, innocent Lanie is terrified of her intense desire for Lucien.
Lanie soon discovers the patriarchal nature of Werewolf society and begins to question Lucien’s motives. Is the lustful Lucien only intrigued by the idea of sex with a Human or is he interested in something more? Can this modern woman tolerate the old fashioned notions of Werewolf culture or will their cultural differences keep them apart?”
This story had an interesting premise, one a little different from other shifter books I have read. I enjoyed reading both points of view in this novella. Traditionally we get this with regular romance books, not so much with fantasy stories that contain romantic elements. Lucien is not your typical Alpha male either. I liked that he was willing to change his outlook on the accepted norms of the pack when Lanie challenged him. I understood that he was only willing to do so to ingratiate himself with Lanie so she would accept him as her mate. But still, he was willing to listen and consider her feelings on the matter.
Lanie is a human, her brother was a turned werewolf and has since mated, so she was vaguely aware. She is a head-strong feminist, out-spoken, and not afraid to challenge conventions with Lucien or any other werewolves. However, she is totally naïve about pack politics. Ms. Persaud has developed her own unique werewolf existence and rules in this story which I appreciated. I enjoyed reading about her world and it wasn’t all about sex. While mating between a werewolf and a human in other stories may not be all that uncommon, it is forbidden in this world. Lanie fears Lucien’s attention to her is only a novelty and the desire to have sex with a human, so she runs. Lucien senses that Lanie is his mate and is trying to seduce her with words but when she runs, well he did give her fair warning that his wolf likes the chase. So let the games begin, except Lucien is not playing games.
As I said earlier this novella has an interesting premise but I found problems in the execution of the story. What dialogue there is in this story is good, however there is a lot of telling not showing. There were also a lot of repeated lines or facts that I found annoying. I do believe the story would benefit from additional editing to streamline and tighten up the prose.
This erotic novella contains graphic language and graphic sex that may be unsuitable for some tastes.
I found no proofing issues.
Rating: *** Three stars