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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

AUTHOR SPOLIGHT Cain (Dormant Desires #4) Payne Hawthorne

Book : Cain (Dormant Desires #4)
Author : Payne Hawthorne
Filed On : Paranormal, Werewolves, Over18
Page Length/Listening Time : 228 pages / 6 hours 9minutes
Current Cost (04/06/15) £1.99/$3.11 Audio £13.92/$22.94

What The Blurb Says

This is a stand alone within the Dormant Desires Series and could easily be enjoyed without reading the first three. It is also now available as an audio book, narrated by the master of accents, Joshua Story. Don't miss this fabulous listen!

Fourth installment in the Dormant Desires Lycanthrope series. This episode revolves around Samantha and the Chimera, Cain. After heading out in search of her Alpha male, Samantha is wounded battling a grizzly bear. Cain lives in the farthest remote location Alaska has to offer. He finds Samantha near death and tends to her, bringing her back to life. Can a were-wolf and a chimera fall in love? Is Cain her elusive alpha mate she's waited a hundred years to meet?

This installment has a lot of action which includes the entire Alpha Pack along with a few new characters. As always, my stories have steamy erotica, some comedy and brevity, deep emotional moments and lots of really fun, on the edge of your seat entertainment.

This title is approximately a six hour read and is intended for only a mature audience.
I was gifted this direct from Payne Hawthorne and I LOVE her for that!!

Samantha, mother to Matt, Elijah and Sam, Alpha female to the ever growing pack is fighting. She is fighting her wolf, so much, that she locked herself up around the time of the next full moon. Her wolf wants free, after so much time locked up. And Sam lets her go.

Cain finds her, suffering from a bear attack. His reaction to the black wolf curled up in his bed is instant and powerful, and totally unexpected. Indeed, he was under the impression that he would never find his mate. The curse that crippled the wolves centuries ago did not affect Cain, for he has his own curse to deal with. Cain, brother to Abel, is able to shift into any predator, on land, in air or at sea. He is Chimera and that is his curse.

I wanna say just one thing:


Really and truly loved it, its Payne's best work yet and I cannot wait to see what comes next!

Samantha was suffering, we knew that, she and her wolf needed to be free, free from the pack, from her husband of 30 years, free of everyone and everything. She finds what she and her wolf needed, Cain. I loved that Cain had a name from Samantha's wolf, and one for her human half. Cain has been on his own and long LONG time, he is a creation child. I loved that reference to Cain and Abel, to Adam and Eve, and the different take to the biblical story.

Being only used to his own company for many a century, it makes for some amusing times between Sam and Cain. We have humour, we have passion, we have action/violence when Cain goes off to rescue Sam, and two other wolves captured; Amber and Cyrus. And we have scorching hot scenes between Sam and Cain. At one point, the lines are blurred, with Sam and Cain both needing more from each other, and thats where its blurred, between sex and viloence. Its agreed by both Sam and Cain they need it though.

I loved that we got some Jacob/Allison, some Sam/Abigail and some Matt/Lumen. I felt for Iain though, when Samantha goes and leaves him. He needs a HEA soon. For Samantha will not be his any longer.

I have to tell you this though. I LISTENED to book one, two and three almost back to back. When I started to READ this one, I could hear Joshua Story in my head, telling me the tale, as I read it. I could not shut him off. When I get to LISTEN to this one, I will excited to hear how Joshua pulls Cain and Cyrus off, and I WILL get to listen, I know I will!! I'll add that review to this one, so watch this space to what I thought.

New characters, Amber and Cyrus, Amber, I know is spoken for (I have insider information!) But I can see Cyrus and his brothers causing chaos in the near future. New paranormal beings, vampires and other shifters. A particularly nasty tiger shifter makes a return at some point, thats not so much insider information, as closely following what Samantha says after her release. And the summit is soon, so lord knows what and who will come to that!

I cannot wait for the next one, Payne, really. You outdid yourself here!

5 full and shiny stars.

**UPDATED 27/05/2015**

As I said previously, I would listen to this book as well as read it. And I have to say, Joshua Story nailed Cain and Cyrus, especially, abso-freaking-lutely NAILED IT!! When I was READING, I had his voice in my head, all the bloody time, and when I actually LISTENED it was like, amazing to hear that everything I heard was spot on. With one exception. Sir. The nasty tiger shifter mentioned before. His voice, while reading, was dark and deep and full of nastiness. While listening, and this did NOT make sense til after, speaking with Joshua, he's all nice and light and lovely. And, he is so much like another character, its untrue. Deliberate on Mr Story's part that one, and rather scary.

Also, a particular scene was much harder to listen to, than read. Doesn't effect my review or rating, just a personal choice, thats all.

Mr Story's best work yet, I must say!

5 stars for the narration, and 5 for the book.

**same worded review appears on Goodreads, and**

4 out of 5 (very good)

This is the fourth book in the Dorman Desires series but this one can be read as a standalone as it mainly focuses on Samantha, who has left Jacob's pack, and Cain, who has never had a pack. Whilst you 'can', I recommend you don't - simply for the fact that you are missing out on 3 amazing stories if you do.

Like I said, this story focuses on Samantha. She has had a hard time of it since Jacob and Allison came along. She is Alpha and needs an Alpha male to balance her out. While she loves Ian deeply and has had 30 happy years with him, he just isn't Alpha enough for her wolf. So she leaves and goes to be free. She meets Cain after she has fought and killed a grizzly bear. She is in no state for introductions as she is unconscious for most of the time in the beginning. They soon realise that they are the fated mate of the other, much to Cain's surprise as he didn't think that he would have one.
This story is full of revelations and comes complete with its own version of the bible story. It is full of action and understandably emotional reactions later on. There are some parts of this book that you might not be comfortable reading but if you have read the previous three, then you'll know that these are sometimes close to the knuckle anyway but always in a way that is fitting for the story involved.

This is an amazing shifter series that gets stronger with every book. Definitely recommended by me.

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