Cross: Shifters Forever Worlds
Series Connection: Barely After Dark
Author: Elle Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Shifter, Erotic Romance
Purchase Link: Amazon
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Ariadne is on the run from her ex and a devastating betrayal. In danger she goes to her best friend from college who sends her to Mae Forester. Mae knows just who she needs to send Ariadne to and brings her to Cross.
Cross is part of a special military shifter group, who is taking a break from his normal life. He's on his home turf when Mae brings Ariadne to Cross to protect. The minute Cross meets Ariadne his bear tells him she's his mate. Cross isn't sure he wants a mate, especially one that is human.
It isn't long before trouble comes Cross and Ariadne's way. Can Cross get Ariadne to safety before its too late.
This is a pretty short story that would have been interesting if it was a little longer. I enjoy the world Elle Thorne has built around Mae and her "nephews". It would be nice to have a full length novel as part of the series.
One note, I once took a writing class which referenced naming characters and not making it a name that isn't common enough that the name doesn't just roll off the tongue. I think this is just one of those cases.
Although Ariadne is a beautiful name, and I appreciate the use of a name from Greek mythology, is it a name that just didn't come easy to read throughout the story.
(In Greek mythology means Ariadne is the daughter of Pasiphae and the Cretan king Minos. In Britannica.com says "She fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread or glittering jewels, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur, a beast half bull and half man that Minos kept in the Labyrinth.")
Cross del Cruz is a former Compliance Enforcer with the Shifter Council. He did his duty. He enforced the Council's will around the country and even out of the country. Stress the word former, because all he wants now is to be left alone. He's been living in his cabin on Bear Canyon Mountain Range, overlooking Bear Canyon Valley and enjoying the solitude of the forest. The quiet. The simplicity. The drama free environment that doesn't involve other shifters. Not even family.
Except now Mae Forester, who has dubbed him as one of her "nephews" has decided she needs his help. He can't turn Mae down, not when she gave him and his brothers a home during the worst days of their lives.
He didn't expect Ariadne Fueller. Who could ever expect that curvy spitfire. She flipped his world upside down.
Before meeting her, Cross never would have called his existence lonely--until he met her.
If hot sex skeeves you out, you may want to pass on this book.
If freaky, downright dirty sexy talk bothers you, yeah, for sure you gotta pass on this one.
We believe in sex--hot, dirty, delicious sex.
Yup, make it sweaty, too. It's not just sex, it's about the romance.
But good romance has sex, and we keep the doors open! Oh, and the lights on! ;)