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Feral Fascinations by Skhye Moncrief

Title: Feral Fascinations
Author: Skhye Moncrief

Published in August 2010 by New Concepts Publishing
Genre: Werewolf, Erotica, Science Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-60394-452-6

Cover Artist: Alex DeShanks

Other Books by Skhye: Swordsong, He of the Fiery Sword and Forbidden Eternity: Fire Guardians

Kindrist Trekaar, a Nulvitian, has been observing a human male for months, and her superiors believe he would be a perfect subject for their trials, as well as one who could end the Blood Wars they have been having for years now. He would also be great for were-assassin duty and one they have long been waiting for. Her kind view humans as strange and useless beings, but she has been given the harsh duty of bringing Jake Straightarrow over to their side, but not by normal means, she has to seduce him, which might not be so easy a task as she thinks. Being a Nulvitian, she does not understand humans and their myriad ways, and foibles seeing Jake at first as an unattractive prospect to take to her bed. He isn’t what she considers an alpha male, seems a kind type and one she thinks she could trust if she was with him long enough, but thinks they might not have the time.

Kindrist has to learn to trust the new man in her life, even though they are a different race entirely, and this trust could lead to a better understanding of who he is to her. The way in which she engages Jake in conversation is hardly a new one, but it does make for some interesting reading as far as comic moments are concerned. She is quick to use him for her own ends, either work related or sexually, though she never wants to know about his feelings. If she learns to accept him as part of her world they would have a chance together at least. She tells Jake about her people and his reason for working for them, but she hides more than she tells, and for good reason, she still does not think she can trust him enough, even though she wants him to fight for their good.

Jake Straightarrow is an unsuspecting man in a strange new world left over from the past, he is intelligent and possessed of a rare brute strength Kindrist thinks she can use against others she considers her enemies. He is called a Violet Child, but it takes a while before that word is explained in the novel. Jake is seen as a dangerous specimen to the Nulvitians, that is a certainty, yet none of them truly know what he really is as a person. He has a deep conscience that governs his actions and the feelings he has when he uses this brute force. He is a reasonable man, but even he has a breaking point, one that can easily cause him to anger. Jake has a need to be wanted, but what he feels around Kindrist is his need to make love to her, it is a deep seated need and one that lurks in the back of his mind making him want to take her.

Jake is a man like any other, he doesn’t notice any sense of danger when meeting Kindrist, she notices his chivalrous side more than anything else, while Jake is busy wondering why a good-looking woman like her would look twice at him. Even if he doesn’t sense danger, he does however question her motives, even if it is to himself.

He doesn’t tend to approach women, as they don’t seem to notice him, yet he knows full well what Kindrist wants when she mounts his motorbike, and later, him. He is not prepared for what happens when she betrays him. Jake learns to hate her yet he wants to understand why she brought him into the war and why she treats him so badly. There are many other things he wants to know about, and those are saved for later to tease him and the reader. He is in the awful position of being a virtual prisoner in her work’s compound, no more than a test subject for a war he never wanted to get involved in, let alone fight in.

Feral Fascinations is one of those werewolf science fiction novels that captures the imagination, There are some rich comic moments in it such as Kindrist watching in displeasure at Jake throwing bread to oncoming birds outside her observation lounge. Her understanding of her subject is the main reason she has chosen him as her experimental mate, even if she doesn’t realize that yet. The main conflicts are her treatment of him as an experiment, his opinion of her as a jailor, and what they can do together if they actually went about trusting each other instead of feeling their animosity toward each other.

Skhye Moncrief has done an amazing job of bringing a new world out and showing it to the reader with such amazing clarity. Feral Fascinations by Skhye Moncrief is an original sounding novel many will enjoy as it combines both modern and futuristic elements twinned with horror that are a wonderful new way of showing what can happen in the surroundings the characters are put into. True horror and science fiction fans will take to this novel really well as the characters are fascinating and well worth reading about. The sex scenes are not descriptive, but leave plenty to the imagination so the reader can make of the scenes what they will. Purchase Feral Fascinations by Skhye Moncrief from New Concepts Publishing where readers will also find other titles from the same author, as this novel will be enough to convince readers to want to read more from her.

Yours in entertaining reading,

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