Friday, January 29, 2016

#Review: Power Unleashed by Savannah Stuart - 4 Wine Glasses

Series: Miami Scorcher #3
Author: Savannah Stuart / Katie Reus
Format: Kindle, 176 Pages
Published: KR Press, LLC (August 15, 2015)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

After a year in captivity, werewolf Paz Cabrera is trying to figure out her place in the world. While her sister’s new family is welcoming, Paz still doesn’t feel like she belongs to the Lazos pack. She has a big secret that could harm them all and give The Council ammunition to kill her. When The Council sends their legendary enforcer to hunt a rogue werewolf terrorizing Miami, she makes a shocking discovery about the one man she’s supposed to be avoiding. He’s her mate and she’s terrified he’ll uncover her secret.

He’ll stop at nothing to uncover the truth…

As enforcer and one of the oldest living werewolves on the planet, Adam Tucker had fated himself to a lonely life. After centuries by himself, he never expected to meet his mate while on the job, but now that he’s found her, he won’t let her go. Paz denies their connection, but she can’t escape the sizzling heat between them. No matter what it takes, he plans to uncover the truth behind her resistance and bond her to him forever. 

Linda's Thoughts:
"You look good in my shirt," he murmured.
The quiet words drew her gaze back to his face. "Then why do you look disappointed?"
His shoulders lifted slightly. "I was hoping you'd be wearing nothing."

POWER UNLEASHED by Savannah Stuart is another addictive installment in the author's thrilling Miami Scorcher series about the Lazos Pack of wolf-shifters. It is the HEA story of Adam Tucker, the Council's feared Enforcer, and Paz Cabrera, who is a half-wolf shifter and half-fae. Each of them hold secrets dear which, if revealed, could implode their budding relationship and have serious repercussions for everyone they hold dear.

Paz is Marisol's half-sister. Marisol's story was told in WORTH THE RISK, book #2. Paz was actually introduced in that tale. Now, in POWER UNLEASED, we're treated to Paz's HEA story and what a tale it is! Growing up, Paz had heard rumors about the enforcer and how badass he was. She never expected to be the focus of one of the Enforcer's dreaded investigations. However, since Paz and Shea are the only survivors of a torturous year of captivity, she knows she can't get out of being interrogated by him. What she didn't expect was the insane draw she felt to him.

Adam Tucker as the Enforcer is legendary and formidable. He has spent centuries alone and has no friends. He's had flings before but never looked back at any of them; His last was over two decades ago. He's been sent to Miami by the Council on a mission to hunt down a rogue werewolf. This same rogue was responsible for kidnapping and turning Paz over to an illicit doctor who was experimenting with werewolves - wrongly and cruelly - leaving just two survivors. This case is different because, for the first time ever, Adam can't focus on his fact-finding and hunt. What's even more surprising is that it's a female who's behind his inability to concentrate. Her name is Paz.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read:

The man and wolf inside him experienced a surge of primal satisfaction. It had been so long since he'd let his guard down around anyone. After just one kiss, he was ready to bed her. That hadn't happened to him in...ever.

His hands, which had been on her hips, suddenly grasped the slim strap of her panties and snapped the material apart.
"You owe me another pair," she gasped.
"Stop wearing them and it won't be a problem."

Thank you," she said against his neck.
For what?"
For putting up with me."
He chuckled against the top of her head. "As if I could live without you."

Savannah Stuart is the pseudonym of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus. Under this name, she writes slightly hotter romance than her mainstream books. Katie is one of my favorite authors.

I have read this series out-of-order. I can attest that each book has worked well as a standalone read. That said, there are interconnected characters and a continuing thread that would be better appreciated if the books are read in order. For instance, this book introduces Ethan Connell to the Miami pack; His and Caro Angel's story will be told in DESIRE UNLEASHED, the 5th book.  Regardless, I've enjoyed the continuing stories of all of the pack's characters.

Even though this is just a novella, there's lots of depth and spice to the story with well-orchestrated suspense, danger and excitement. I highly recommend this story, indeed, this whole series, to anyone who enjoys paranormal romantic suspense.

Suggested Reading Order: 
 Unleashed Temptation (Book #1)
 Worth the Risk (Book #2)
 Power Unleashed (Book #3)
 Dangerous Craving (Book #4)
 Desire Unleashed (Book #5)

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