Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Jericho Junction by Marie Harte

Book three in the Mark of Lycos Series

A cat, a demon, and a bear. Oh my.

Jericho Dark Walker is a Bear, a creature born to assume the form of man or animal. He’s second in command to the mixed group of shifters living in the Great Forest. For years it’s been his dream to see his clan reintroduced to the land of their ancestors. But now that he’s back he finds himself restless, unable to find joy in even the simplest back scratch or hive of honey. The female shifters offer little challenge to the Great Clan’s beta, and with everyone getting along, there’s nothing more strenuous to do than break up the rare fight.

When an opportunity arrives to represent the clan to oust an evil plaguing the outer edge of the Great Forest, he gratefully volunteers to work with the athmae-demons. The alpha’s brother has mated with an incubus, so Jericho thinks he knows what to expect. But athmae assigned to work with him is a male demon as large as Jericho, and just as deadly. No sex demon, but a hunter with the instincts of a true predator. So why is Jericho so taken with the male when he has only ever felt desire for a female?

And why, when they rescue an annoying, sexy cat shifter from certain death, do his instincts scream to claim both the feline and the demon as his own? Bears don’t mate outside their species, yet everything inside Jericho pushes him to do just that.

A cat, a demon, and a bear. Oh my

Jericho Junction explores the new feelings in a man who has never felt attraction for another man before. The title is apt, because he is at a junction and has choices to make. Does he follow where the attraction will take him or fight against it? Jericho can’t fight. It’s too strong. Emotions and feelings become heightened, and he’s powerless to do anything but give in to his instincts.

This exploration of pastures new is interesting, especially because he’s never found himself in such a situation before. He’s confused at first, but the attraction is similar to what he feels when looking at a woman—the same body reaction, that same need—and it doesn’t matter in the end why he feels what he does—just that he does.

What is utterly delicious is that these are two men are used to being in control so the power playing out between them makes for some great sexual tension that you anticipate exploding. And it does. I loved their first sex scene.

To further confuse Jericho, a woman comes into the scenario and he’s also attracted to her. What he soon discovers is that although this threesome isn’t something he had ever expected, it is destined. It’s useless to fight if the fates have something in mind. So he goes with it, and the three of them form a bond that will last a lifetime.

Verdict: A great read that explores bisexuality and how it can work if all parties in a threesome are happy with one another. What I also liked was, not having read the other books that come before this in the series, I wasn’t confused. There wasn’t any time where I had a WTH moment. The plot is great, the baddie is a nice, evil touch, and the ending brings on a smile.

1 comment:

Marie Harte said...

Thanks for the review, Miz Love. I appreciate your review and am glad you liked the story. :)