Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REVIEW: SECOND NATURE by MARIE LAVENDER



TITLE: SECOND NATURE
AUTHOR: MARIE LAVENDER
GENRE: PARANORMAL ROMANCE
PUBLISHER: SOLSTICE SHADOWS
PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 9, 2014
SOURCE: AUTHOR




She never expected it…

Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She was unlike any other…

Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers. 

Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?




Initially I found this story somewhat disconcerting. It started out with the heroine being stalked by the hero because he found the scent of her blood appealing. Eventually, he makes a move on her and this led to them having a sexual encounter. It may appear that the heroine was raped, but it depends on how you as the reader interprets this particular encounter. He then proceeded to kidnap  her to protect his identity because  he had difficulty erasing her memories.  However, has the story progressed, I was able to move past my initial reaction and found that this was indeed a cute romantic story with paranormal elements.

In Second Nature we meet Alec Sullivan, which I guess you figured by now is a vampire.  He has been a vampire for a 170 odd years and during this time he has amassed quite a considerable amount of wealth.  Alec experienced true love, however, he lost that love tragically and was not inclined to get closely involved with anyone again especially in light of his condition.  This changed, however, the night he found himself being drawn to Desiree.

Desiree  experienced pain and heartbreak when she found out that her husband has been  cheating on her. She tried moving on with her life, but family events made her a bit melancholy.  She felt that something is missing from her life, but she could not figure out what it was, that was until Alec stormed into her life.

Although their initial meeting was a bit on the creepy side, it was evident that they were good for each other. Desiree made him  realise that he is not a monster, but a man who is capable of love.  She reawakened his human side.  He on the other helped her realise that she s worthy of love and that her ex-husband was not appreciative of her.  His appearance in her life helped her to discover some shocking things about herself. 


This is an engaging read that plays on the reader’s emotions.  The romance is sweet and adorable and one cannot help liking the characters. Overall, I enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

DISCLOSURE: Complimentary copy received in exchange for an honest review.


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