Friday, July 25, 2014

Craving Red by Rosalind Scarlett [Review]
Craving Red by Rosalind Scarlett
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 03/27/14
Date read: April 10, 2014

Erotic Kingdom
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Rosalind Scarlett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
The primal wolf in him craved her as he had craved nothing before.  She would give up the only life she had ever known for him.

It is the night of the snow moon. Sweden, 1790.

Maiden Kaia is days away from being married to the handsome Leif when her mother suddenly becomes gravely ill. Desperate to save his wife, her father sends his only daughter to the village on his horse to obtain help for her beloved mother.

But Kaia will not be returning home.

Out on the path, wolves emerge from the trees, surrounding her and spooking her horse. Fainting in sheer terror, the next thing Kaia knows, she is being dragged through the snow back to their lair. Shivering cold, half naked and bound, she startles awakes to the feel of warm breath blowing out over her body.

The following day, she realises she sees no wolves around, but does see several other women there. Noticing they are all pregnant, Kaia fears her fate. Her fears are validated when one of them complacently informs her that her initiation is imminent. The moment her scent is ripe, she is to be mated by all males of the pack.

Still worse than that is the struggle she is having with herself upon being presented with so much blatant man flesh walking about, leaving Kaia flustered with the responses of her body which are swiftly summoning forth to betray her. And then, she feels herself drawn to one in particular, Dane, the youngest member of the pack. But she swears she will not allow herself to fall for one of them.

Will Kaia ever escape this primitive place to see her family again? And if she does, will she be able to suppress the primal need she feels awakening in her? Worse yet, will she want to?
Thoughts on Craving Red: I can say with certainty that Rosalind Scarlett is very good at bringing erotic elements into her stories. As if being caged and displayed for the entire pack isn't enough, Kaia also has to deal with having her desire stirred by Dane. Oh, and knowing she's little more than a walking womb for the bulk of the pack.

Which, you know, kinda sucks.

I'm a little torn on both Kaia and Dane. Fearful for her life, Kaia often sits back and accepts what's happening to her. Dane has intensely possessive feelings for her, but until things get really bad, he fights them simply because she's meant for the pack, not for him alone.

I really do understand why both characters acted as they did, but it was tough watching both of them give in so easily. Until, that is, Dane snaps and takes matters into his own hands. Not that way, you pervs.

That said, the sex was raw and wild. Kaia's initiation into the pack doesn't skimp on the details. However, I'm starting to fall out of like with themes of forced consent. Yes, Kaia goes along with what happens and she willingly engages in several of the activities, but she's doing it to stay alive and with some of the things that happen, she's NOT a willing participant at all.

BUT (there's always a but...) the romance between Kaia and Dane is sweet. I'm sure her parents won't see it that way seeing as how she kinda missed the boat with bringing her ill mother's medicine back, but I stand by what I said. Kaia and Dane were sweet.

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