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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: Favorite Obsession by Nancy Corrigan

Favorite Obsession (Royal Pride #3)
by Nancy Corrigan

Published April 25th 2014
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

Centuries after what should have been a blessing from a goddess, Mira has gone from the chosen daughter to a woman shamed. She’s found a tentative peace among her family and the females they’ve chosen to mate. And despite the potentially fatal consequences, Mira has found the one thing she never thought she’d have—love. Josh is the only male she’s ever wanted, desired and burned for, and he’s the only man she can never hope to keep.

One glance into Mira’s exotic feline eyes and Josh is lost. She’s everything he never knew he wanted and loving her becomes a passion he can’t deny. The obstacles keeping them apart seem insurmountable, but Josh knows he’s the man Mira needs. With every passionate encounter, every stolen touch, his certainty that he and Mira belong together grows. He’ll defy every shifter decree and fight to his dying breath to convince those around them of the truth—Mira belongs to him, mind, body and soul.

Nancy Corrigan’s  was an exercise in patience. There was a lot going for this erotic romance in terms of the story as a whole, the problem was in the execution.

From the moment they first saw each other, Josh and Mira have been dancing around the intense sexual attraction between them. Forbidden to act on it because Josh is human and Mira a special shifter female, the two try and stay away from one another until Josh decides he’s willing to break any and all shifter laws to have Mira as his mate.

I enjoyed Josh and Mira as individual characters and as a couple, they’re both fighters, stubborn and independent which makes for some great tension between the two and of course, makes them more compatible as mates. Josh really had to be one special human in order to not be eclipsed by the exotic and unique Mira. Which he was, he’s a fighter and doesn’t let the shifters intimidate him. One of the problems for me with them though was the amount of time spent on the back and forth, “almost but not quite” relationship. I was almost at the half way point of Favorite Obsession before anything changed in Josh and Mira’s relationship. Another reader might be tempted to give up before that point.

After Josh and Mira’s relationship kicks off things start to get interesting. Sure, the sex scenes are scorching hot but that’s not what I’m talking about. A mystery begins to surface surrounding Josh and the so called prophecy that has left Mira no choice but to take a shifter mate. I found the politics of these particular shifters and their royal cousins (basically shifters that house more than one animal inside) interesting and would have enjoyed it if the author had spent a little more time on building this particular world up in the reader’s eyes. The pace also picks up during the second half of the book and that’s the pace it should have had from the very beginning.

Aside from the large amount of time spent on Josh and Mira’s early encounters, I had a problem with some of the scene transitions. There are dream scenes that are sometimes hard to separate from the scenes where the character is awake. I find that putting the dream scenes in italics would have helped me with the transition.

Not having heard of author Nancy Corrigan or the Royal Pride series before Favorite Obsession I was pleasantly surprised and though I had problems with the slow start, I would like to read the next book in the series and maybe even hope for some books about wolf shifters?

Sheep Rating: 3 ½ Sheep

Adria Reyes

Reviewer/Owner of Adria's Romance Reviews
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About the Author:
I've always been an avid reader and encourage everyone to escape the hectic daily grind with a few minutes a day in your favorite book.

I'm lucky enough to share my cat's home with my three wonderful children, husband, dog and snake. When not writing, I work as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

My passions beyond reading and family include music, classic cars, tattoos and animals (all of which have found their way into my writing in one form or another).

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