Saturday, May 9, 2015

Review: Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton

Hunted by a Jaguar
by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates, #4
Pub Date:  Jan. 6, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  218
Format:  eBook
Source:  Purchased

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A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future. 

Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate. 

Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives? 

I liked this book, but I am not feeling very wordy today so I'm struggling to write my review. I really liked Kyter and Iolanthe, and I liked them even more together. For me, this was the best pairing so far of the series. I liked the other characters, but I did not like the previous relationship dynamics as much as what was between Kyter and Iolanthe.

Kyter, a mixed blood jaguar shifter, is a tortured hero. He grew up feeling inferior and unworthy because of the way his pride treated him as a result of his demon blood. Those a-holes also told him that there would never be a mate for him because of his mixed blood. So when Kyter recognizes Iolanthe as his mate, he is surprised, elated and determined. He is so surprised, that he acts like a bit of a caveman at first. But he quickly figures out how to approach Iolanthe and endears himself to the reader even more.

Iolanthe was an independent elven female, who has somewhat estranged from her family and culture. She has been on her own for thousands of years, and feared a mate would shackle her with a collar and that would be the end of independence. When I saw this was the storyline, I was worried this story was going to be similar to Sable's (which was a bit lackluster for me). I am a bit tired of seeing the females resist the mating so hard - it gets a bit old after a while. However, after a brief hesitation, Iolanthe accepted the mating between her and Kyter and accomplished it without losing her sense of self. I admired this, and wish it happened more often in books of this trope. I think my favorite part of the book was when her and Kyter were lying in bed together that first time just talking and learning about one another. I loved that Iolanthe was resolved not to reject or hurt Kyter like his pride had done. What I did not like about Iolanthe - her freaking name. Most of the book I was trying to figure out how to say the name and kept having to sound it out. I have never heard of this name before, but my friend Deanna has and she schooled me on the correct way. (Too bad I was almost done with the book by that point.) It would be super nice if authors would provide a phonetic spelling of the difficult names somewhere for us sheltered folks.

Bleu also appeared in this book - I won't give away the reasons why. I will say that I did not like Bleu much in previous books, but I really came to understand him in this story. Now that I understand him, I feel sorry for him and hope he finds his fated mate soon.

The more that I read of this series, the more that I like it. 

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