Review and Giveaway: Collared for a Night by Susan Arden

All it takes is one mistake to be marked. One bite, she crosses a line…into forever.

Diana Hambre’s body is blazing. For days this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she’ll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.

Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it’s Diana’s back he wants up against a wall, or any other surface for that matter.

As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither of them resist their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.

Now, bearing Shawn’s bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature. Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. Employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he’s on the verge of ensnaring himself in the process.

Warning: Erotic scenes hot enough to peel paint.

Review

Paranormal romance has always been a favorite of mine. Collared for a Night is no exception to that. It’s fast, hot, dirty and intense.

Diana is an untrained alpha leopardess. She’s in heat and needs some relief. She contracts with a local club that caters to single shifters in heat and needing relief. What she doesn’t realize is her boss is part owner of this club. He sees red when he finds out she’s there for the night. He decides to take things in his own hands.
Diana’s boss, Shawn, is powerful in his own right. He’s an alpha leopard, on the shifter council, businessman and all around badass. Diana is badass in her own right she just doesn’t know it!
This story is non-stop seduction, sex and domination. Of course, it’s exactly as expected based on the description of the book. The attraction between Diana and Shawn was hot. I love that Diana didn’t just fall at his feet. With her being an alpha leopardess, it fits with her character. It also fit with her to be reserved and cautious. She wasn’t so cautious and reserved that it spoiled the story. It was the right amount.
Shawn was determined to have Diana. He was patient and relentless. He was understanding and played within the boundaries set at the beginning of their liaison, no matter how badly he wanted to break those rules.
There were several things I found interesting in this story. One. Shifters are not unknown to humans. There wasn’t any explanation of how or why, it just was. It worked for this story and I didn’t feel anything missing for it. That wasn’t the focus of the story. Two, because Sean was wearing condoms when he mounted Diana, he couldn’t always tell when her orgasm was coming. I actually found this endearing and realistic. Third, there was some medical/psychological stuff that was a bit out there, but again, it worked for this story. It wasn’t over the top and it worked within the confines of this story.
This was my first story by Susan Arden and I will definitely be checking out more.
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“I love to laugh. More than anything in the world, humor is food for the spirit.”

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. Previously, a teacher in the field of special education and biology, now Susan pursues her dream of writing fiction with several releases this year. Crafting sweet and spicy tales, she writes hot love stories across romance genres including contemporary erotic, Western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener.

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