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
The story is too hasty, with too much animalistic qualities of the characters. There were some great moments though, thanks to Ash and Simi (again).
The tall “demon” handed the man a credit card. “It’s broke again, akri,” she said, pouting around a pair of vampirelike fangs. “The man downstairs done said that the Simi can’t charge nothing else until I’m not over my limit no more. I don’t know what that means, but I don’t like it. Fix it, akri, or else I might eat him. The Simi gots needs and I needs my plastic to work.”
The man laughed as he took it from her and pulled out his wallet. He handed her three more credit cards.