Two enemy Were-Panthers discover that fate has destined they become lovers. Pandora must learn to trust Dante’s foreign nature. But as she slowly succumbs to the truest passion she has ever known, dark forces have already set out to reclaim her…
Winter Born appears in print in Stroke of Midnight anthology. It is a short story of Dante Pontis and Pandora Kouti.
The blurb is pretty misleading:
“Two enemy Were-Panthers discover that fate has destined they become lovers.”
Pandora is Arcadian, Dante is Katagarian. And although their people are destined to be enemies of each other, the two of them are not exactly enemies, as they have never met before.
Pandora considers Katagaria animals, based on some incorrect information, and a group of Katagaria who has been terrorizing her community for ages.
“Pandora must learn to trust Dante’s foreign nature.”
Dante rebuts some of her misunderstandings, says some sweet and reassuring things, and Pandora immediately changes her mind, and trusts him. Seriously, it takes her only a couple of hours.
“But as she slowly succumbs to the truest passion she has ever known…”
Slowly??? Please. They meet, have sex, then talk, and even before the sun begins to set, Pandora agrees to mating with him.
“…dark forces have already set out to reclaim her…“
That half of the sentence is actually correct.
It looks like Pandora is motivated by the amazing sex, and the safety Dante is willing to give to her. May the love come too one day. Hopefully.
All in all: it is too hasty, with too much animalistic qualities of the characters.
Furthermore, that kind of story, i.e. to find a mate for eternity, is not carried out adequately here. In full-length novels there is much more opportunity to elaborate the development of a love relationship, and Sherrilyn Kenyon is really brilliant there. Sadly, it doesn’t appear in Winter Born.
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