Friday, October 14, 2011

Novella Review: Cherished by Belinda Boring

by Belinda Boring
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Romance
Ages: 15 and up
Sequel to Without Mercy.
I received an e-copy of this from the author as part of a blog tour.

For a moment, Darcy almost convinced herself the last twelve hours didn’t happen. As image after image hits her, the sinking realization of all she’s lost overwhelms her and all she can think of is to run. Run far away where her shame can’t find her, and most of all, where she’ll never have to see the look of blame in Mason’s eyes. Feeling like a complete failure, she scrambles to make plans. But the voice of her mate-to-be penetrates her frantic thoughts, asking for the chance to show her just how much she is loved.

It hurts Mason deeply to hear Darcy’s thoughts, knowing the events of the previous night have completely rattled her. Grieving over the death of his beloved sister Jasmine, Mason knows he has to act fast. Darcy is all he’s ever wanted and the idea of life without her is unacceptable. Armed with his unswerving love and wolfish charm, he sets out to remind Darcy just how valuable she is and why there is no one else for him but her.

Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is… Cherished?

My Thoughts:
This story was too short. I wanted more. Even though it is less than 50 pages long, Cherished made me care about Darcy and Mason and their problems. The two of them are well-written and very easy to sympathize with. Darcy doubts herself after being unable to save Mason's sister, and he is determined to show her that those doubts are unnecessary. Their relationship is built on passion and trust and solid communication, a refreshing change from so many stories with messed up couples. I am looking forward to seeing them again in the next installment of their story.

My favorite part of the story was when they shared their memories of their first meeting. It was so sweet! My only small problem with this story (other than it being too short) would be that there was maybe just a little too much kissing. But, then again, better too much kissing than too little.

I would recommend this novella to lovers of romance, werewolves and great characters.

Content Ratings: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).

I give it a 1.10 for several uses of the word "heck."

I rate it a 4.10 for some very steamy kissing scenes that come awfully close to being more.

I give it a 5.10 for references and flashbacks to murder.

                                    Lieder Madchen

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