Author: Maya Banks
Series: Falcon Mercenary Group book 1
Genre: Paranormal romance, PWP? It did not quite earn the SPT rating. Not enough violence.
Setting: Exotic locales all over the world - Singapore, Paris, Germany, and a mostly-deserted island.
Reason for Reading:
Finished In: Hours. I'm a little ashamed of that. But it was only...
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A woman looks down with a pensive expression ("Did I remember to put on clean underwear today?"). You see a man's face behind her and a panther's eyes in the foreground.
Themes: Mercenaries, betrayal, drug use, past trauma, shapeshifting, chosen family.
Best part: Banks calls a spade a spade and a cock a cock. Also, her characters both have and discuss safer sex in this novel. She is awarded a cookie for this, by me.
Worst part: Now that I have seen her writing poly softcore porn, the mono-oriented stuff is a little harder to buy.
Imaginary Theme Song: It's a Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown, owing to the fact that the protagonist is the only female character with a speaking role. (Heck, there's only one other female character in the book at all - a walk-on Plot Ex Machina role.)
Grade: An amused C+.
Recommended for: People who'd like to try this writer for the first time (or who generally want to branch out of the ordinary in the romance genre). It was MUCH better edited than Be With Me.
Related Reads: Be With Me by the same author, Hunter's Moon by CJ Adams and Cathy Clamp, Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz.