PUBLISHER: Elloras Cave
AUTHOR: Marisa Chenery
GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Erotica, Demons, Immortal Warriors, Undead
HEAT LEVEL: 911!
RATING: 5 roses!
REVIEWED BY: Willow
Book two in the Ra’s Chosen series.
Set is a warrior chosen by the sun god Ra to protect mortals from the undead who hunt them. That is what he knows. Unfortunately, having watched his leader, a fellow warrior, succumb to a destined mate, Set also knows he will someday suffer the same fate. Set doesn’t need nor want a mate. He’s just fine on his own, thank you very much. But when a spitfire of a woman is thrust into his life, whose sole mission seems to be to knee him in the groin and escape every chance she gets, he’s intrigued. A lot.
Desiree may have lusted after Set from afar for months, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to go willingly with the behemoth of a man spouting a whole bunch of garbage about immortality, an ancient Egyptian god and her destiny as his mate. No doubt he’s two bricks short of a load. But when they touch, passion like she’s never known consumes her. Perhaps he’s not so crazy after all…
Set could probably have any woman he wants, but Desiree is the one woman he needs. As one of Ra’s Chosen—Egyptian warriors selected by the sun god himself to protect humanity against the demons released by the evil god Apep—Set has a lot of responsibility on his plate. But Ra never intended his Chosen to go it alone. Each of the six gorgeous warriors would have a mate. They just had to wait their turn.
When Set begins showing the signs of finding his mate—increased hunger for blood that no donor seems to satisfy—he knows it’s just a matter of time before he finds her. Problem is, he has no idea who she is. After a long night of hunting, he just wants to chill with his fellow warriors at the Oasis, a bar in Phoenix where they go to grab some beers and find donors, but fate has other plans. He’s attacked by an undead in the parking lot outback. No big deal; he easily disposes his foe. Unfortunately, he has an audience, a young waitress from the bar.
Desiree doesn’t know what to think when she sees Set, one of the gorgeous men who frequent to bar, brawling with a guy that looks a little odd. What’s wrong with the guy’s eyes? Were those fangs? And when the man dissolves into a pile of dust after Set cuts him with a bronze blade, she doesn’t know if she should scream or just run. Next thing she knows, she wakes up in Set’s bed and he’s telling her she can’t leave, ever. Oh, and that he needs her blood to survive. Not exactly a good first impression. At least he promises great sex in exchange. Desiree just has to decide if she can buy into all this paranormal craziness and if she’s ready to become Set’s eternal mate.
I loved book one of Marisa Chenery's Ra’s Chosen series. Book two, Mate Hunger, proved no less satisfying. She’s created an enthralling world of immortal warriors, enchanting romance, and a plot full of action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The sex scenes are satisfyingly descriptive and really spice up the story. Just be sure to keep a glass of ice water nearby, you’re gonna need it. The author does an excellent job with scene detail and description. Her characters are enticing and easy to connect with. I didn’t notice any editing errors and very few distractive words. Dialog could have been a bit stronger at times, but in no way took away from the story. Overall, it was a wonderful read and I look forward to the next book in her series.
Forget the typical vampires penned by most authors; Ms. Chenery has created a new type of blood-drinker that will likely set you afire with longing. Her warriors are smoking hot and have stuck with this reader even after reaching the end. I can promise you this, I’ll be thinking about this book for a long while to come.