Soul-Mate by Anna Santos
Anna is a kick butt, no-nonsense were-panther/vampire hybrid on a revenge mission to find her parents killer. Enter Shane, a werewolf sheriff who recognizes Anna as his soul-mate. Let the trouble begin!
Publisher’s Description: Annabel is a bad-ass hybrid hunter, seeking revenge from the vampire who killed her parents and put her brother in a coma. Arriving in a new town with an undercover identity to protect and the mission to find a pureblood vampire to save her brother’s life, the last thing Annabel needs is to fall in love with the sexy, persistent werewolf who thinks she’s a helpless human in need of a knight in shining armor.
Shane is a dominant werewolf who also happens to be the local sheriff. He has almost lost hope of finding his better half. So when his beautiful soul-mate shows up and rogue vampires try to kill her, he does what any smart wolf would do: he saves her and takes her home, hoping to convince her that they belong together.
When sparks fly between them, Annabel has to decide if she tells him who she really is or runs the other way to protect her secrets.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
“He smelled like a mixture of heaven and hell, he looked irresistible and I had to admit that I hadn’t experienced a man’s hands on me in a long time.”
First of all I just want to say that I really love this book. It had an interesting world that I could get lost in. A world where humans, vampires, witches and were-creatures all get along for the most part is just interesting. Like with any world where they are different races, there is also that radical group who doesn’t believe that species should mix. This presents us with Anna’s tragic back story that enhances her paranoia and her mistrust of the other characters. When she meets Shane, he recognizes her right off the bat as his soul-mate; but she brushes him off. At first he thinks she is human and Anna is content to let him think that. But once she begins to fall for Shane as well she opens herself up and reveals her secrets slowly throughout the novel.
I both liked and disliked Shane. There were times when I thought of him as an adorable little puppy that I just wanted to snuggle and couldn’t take seriously. There were also times when I saw him as the big bad wolf that he is, particularly when it came to Anna and him wanting to protect her. I do have to admit that even though he wants to be the protector he also recognizes that Anna is perfectly capable of taking care of herself. I love the fact that he brings Anna out of her shell.
As far as the mechanics of the book, I love the dual narrative between Shane and Anna and even the little snippets we get from Alaric – the big bad behind Anna’s parent’s deaths. There is also a touch of humor in the book that lightens the mood and enhances the story.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like. I wish we could have gotten a little bit better insight into the big bad, Alaric, instead of the small glimpses we did – even though those glimpses give us good insight into how twisted her really is. While I really enjoyed this book, it is definitely rated R! There are some steamy sex scenes, while not bad at all; they are definitely for a more mature audience. Overall I would give this book a 3.
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