Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review: Common Ground by Lex Valentine

Title: Common Ground
Author: Lex Valentine
Series: Tales of the Darkworld #5
Published: July 8, 2010
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal
Characters: Sair McCallan, Marius Granville, Keir Randall, Weyln Randall
My Rating:

Heat Level: 5/5
Werewolf Sair McCallan escapes the confines of her brother’s pack with the help of a mated werewolf couple who believe in open sexuality and relationships. With Weylyn and Keir Randall, Sair experiences freedom in all things for the first time in her life. When she meets her mate, she’s shocked to find he’s a boring, broody vampire. Uptight Marius Granville has his staid and orderly life completely shattered by the arrival of his bloodmate, a beautiful werewolf who steals his heart and expects him to join in her kinky play with the Randalls. Marius is forced out of his hum drum existence and opens himself to new sexual experiences to please Sair. As her new mate strives to give her everything she needs, Sair battles internal demons that threaten their fragile new relationship.

Sair McCallan flees her homeland with the aid of Weylyn and Keir Randall and moves to sunny California. In the California, she meets her sexy, although uptight mate, Marius Granville. While Sair is somewhat a free-spirit, she doesn't think a relationship with uptight Marius will work out.

Marius is immediately attracted to the young woman who frequents his family’s cemetery, who unbeknownst to him is his mate. He’s never had such a strong pull to a woman like this before and doesn’t quite understand it. He leads a mundane unhappy life and feels that a mate just isn’t in the cards for him.

Weylyn and Keir are an integral part of Marius and Sair’s relationship. They are not just responsible for the two of them meeting, but also helping them open up sexually. When Sair and Marius get together sexually, they are extremely hot. And when all four of them get together, they set the pages on fire.

Marius and his concerns about his relationship with Sair, without the Randall’s, were very valid and well executed. I found myself having those same concerns he was having about Sair. She wasn’t always forthcoming with him and tended to shut him out at times.

Overall it was a good read. Although, I did feel that it ended somewhat abruptly. The epilogue sets you up for the next book in the series. This book is a part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.



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