Changing Times (Lusting Wild #1) by Marilu Mann

April 16, 2013 1.5 Stars, alpha male overload, Boring Main Characters, damsel in distress, ebook, erotica, insta-lust, Meh, Paranormal Romance, Romance, series, TSTL heroine, weres 0

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Changing Times Marilu Mann New Orleans sizzles when Dr. Carly Chambers finds herself in the hands-or paws-of sexy shifter and antiques dealer Tony Pantera. Though the memory of his murdered human lover haunts him, Tony can’t deny the sensual scent of this doctor his friends kidnapped or the fact that Carly is now in danger because of him. The Turn Skins are power-hungry shifters who want to reveal themselves to the world and take over humans through fear. Tony and his friends stand in their way. Carly proves to be a tool for the Turn Skins when they learn that Tony can’t resist the attractive doctor. And Carly is happy to stroke this shifter’s fur. Their erotic encounters hurtle them into the path of danger and death. Can Tony protect his human lover from the Turn Skins who don’t care if she’s hurt as long as they get their way? Reader Advisory: Contains some scenes of violence that are not for the faint of heart.

I’ve worked with myself a lot to stop summarizing books in my reviews…but I feel that this one needs it.

Soo….let’s start at the beginning:

Carly is an ER (trama) doctor who is kidnapped by two men one day at the end of her shift. She is tied up and hooded then taken to a secret location where she is to heal a man who had been shot (the hero, Tony). And goodness…if I’m ever kidnapped PU-LEASE let my kidnappers be as nice and as handsome as Carly’s.

For some strange reason she believes them when they say she will not be harmed and never goes to the police. She helps her “patient,” spends the night and is taken home the next day. Of course…she falls into “instalust” as soon as she sees Tony. *face palm*

Carly is contacted by Tony a week later to help him with another incident. Because you always get phone calls from hot guys who you operate on after being kidnapped but not harmed. Yet again no problem and no police! She goes to help him…goes out to lunch…and meets the evil bad guy.

Suddenly, she being stalked by the evil bad guy – Slade – so he can make the hero come fight him. Of course, this makes no sense to me…Tony only met Carly a week ago. Slade knows where Tony works and has shown up outside his business before. WHY is Carly now the stalkee? If she were a kid I’d call her a plot moppet. It made no sense to me that the bad guys would give a hot damn about a random side piece so quickly. Its certainly the reason the H/h end up together.

Got all that? Good!

Slade sends his bad guys to stalk Carly while orchestrating multiple deaths of humans in the community. Slade – it seems – wants to make shifters public knowledge and then to rule by fear. Still not seeming to be the smartest move ever*…but I’ll bite.

*I’d like to make a small aside: I’ve often read plots that revolve around the shifters desire to become “public knowledge” and I think it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. Unless the shifter population is both larger than the human population and significantly more powerful, the only thing that would happen when shifters become public is massive round ups, deaths, and scientific experiments. Anyone who believes differently is smoking dope.

So…sex, sex, sex. Info dumping. More sex. Lots of death of random people, lots of skimming on my part, and suddenly we’re at the climax (pun intended). The bad guys can’t figure out if people are alive or dead. The good guys can’t figure out if people are alive or dead. The good guys win…the bad guys loose…but manage to stay alive. (And the evil bad guy is the hero of the next book…WTF??! He’s killing innocent people left and right and is an ASSHOLE to boot but he gets an HEA? I won’t read any further.)

I had a major issue with one of the characters: Maggie. She was the Alpha Bitch of the bad guy shifters…but seemed to be crazy in her own right. For some strange reason she wants to kill any man who doesn’t want to have sex with her AND she also wants to kill the woman because the guy had sex with the woman… Yeah. Right. Why on earth would she care that much? She’s hot and powerful…it felt really weird and unnecessary and like yet another example that portrays women in a bad light. Apparently we [women] can’t be hot and powerful without being a crazy bitch. *sigh*

Annnnnnnd the end! Thank goodness. Meh.

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