When He’s Torn by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The black mamba and the pallas cat!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: ☹️🙃😍😘
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Bailey – she is a black mamba snake shifter who lives with a pride of cat shifters. She acts like she takes what life has to offer in stride but there are hidden depths to her that not a lot of people know about. She is an enforcer for the olympus pride and is very good at her job. The venom doesn’t hurt either when it comes to taking down foes. Though, she doesn’t kill those that do her wrong, she finds it more fun to break their minds.
The Hero: Deke – he is a pallas cat shifter and an enforcer for the olympus pride. A pallas cat shifter is one of strongest breeds of shifter and are one of the most vicious animals. Despite looking like cute balls of fluff, they can fight like crazy. He is big, burly and inked and is ruggedly masculine. He has touch hunger, which happened to shifters if they haven’t had sexual touch in a while. He was promised to another shifter named Dana who lives far away, so they had an agreement that each other can deal with the touch hunger with another.
The Story: Bailey loves to stir the pot and none more so than with Deke. She is always joking and teasing him, and she frustrates him to no end. Bailey loved Deke’s gravely voice, and he made her feel things she had never felt before. She though he was always stoic with an underlying danger which was very attractive to her. So when Deke’s mom started coming around her place with food, Bailey wondered if she was trying to set her up with him despite him
Deke had pulled out of his vow to Dana, though he hadn’t told her yet or anyone else. She had promised to come home within a year when she went to Australia to help her pregnant sister, but Dana has been gone for 2 ½ years now and is not sure she will ever return. I liked both of Bailey and Deke. They had chemistry from the start and I liked how they were together.
I enjoyed the fact that Bailey has a personality that leads everyone to be frustrated with her. She does things and says things to get on their nerves and enjoys doing it purposely. However, I saw it as a defense mechanism she employed due to her abandonment issues. She wanted people to leave her before she got too comfortable so she wouldn’t be hurt like she was when she was betrayed by her people.
Narrated by Samantha Cook, this book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. She has a great voice and narration style and is terrific at doing different voices for different characters. She did Bailey’s attitude so well. I usually don’t like listening to solo narration, especially when it is done by a female narrator, but I love these books and Samantha did a good job.
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