Title: Satin and Steel
Author: Mahalia Levey
Genre: Erotic Romance M/F/F, Paranormal
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: 40000 words
Amaranta Costa uses her Kanima as an avoidance tactic, until the one person she cherishes most is taken from her. When Gavin Ford enters the fray uninvited, she’s forced to accept the help of his pack to find her mate.
Trusting others isn’t her forte. Though her inner jaguar accepts him hands down, the woman in her fights his dominating, take-control nature. Unlike Marisol’s soft personality, Gavin’s wolf challenges her at every turn. She can find no escape. His abrasiveness both sets her on edge and pleases her. She finds being in Marisol’s arms isn’t enough; the all-consuming need to be his burns to her core. There’s no denying the chemical attraction arcing among the three of them.
Will she reach out, and accept the love and support waiting for her?
Satin & Steel by Mahalia Levey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was provided a copy of this book without charge for an honest review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any payment, agreement or other compensation.
Amaranta is a Jaguar shifter and a Kamina assassin. Tough and beautiful, she has never felt herself lacking in confidence or ability, but when her lesbian lover Marisol is kidnapped by a serial killer with a score to settle, she finds herself in need of help.
Amaranta and Marisol have always been aware of the obvious admiration of their casual acquaintance Gavin, but in her time of crisis Amaranta is about to discover that Gavin is much more than he seems. Gavin is a Wolf Shifter and the Alpha of a strong pack and he has more than a mild interest in both women.
Amaranta needs his help, but finds her strong female personality at odds with his alpha male need to dominate. However, her Jaguar has other thoughts and wants to trust him without hesitation, not only wants to trust him but also just wants him in every sense. And, even when Marisol is returned, the three of them must remain together while the killer remains a threat, they can’t resist the pull of each other. All three form a love bond that is truly the central plot and purpose of this story.
I found that the serial killer plot was only a minor tool in the story to bring our central characters together in crisis mode. But the resolution was so fast and unremarkable, that I nearly missed it.
The true story is of the Love between Aramanta, Marisol and Gavin. The three form a true ménage in that they all love and desire the others equally. The immediate closeness and mate bond is a little over the top, but who cares? The sex is hot, if a little more graphic than my taste usually runs. The ménage was steamy and the women had an existing deep love that Gavin only enhanced with something they were missing (ha ha… I don’t just mean that!) A fine example of erotica!
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The raucous wails intensified and the crunch of tires entering her private drive grew louder. Amara pressed on, breaking through the foliage into her large back yard to see uniformed officers walking the perimeter of her house.
“Excuse me?” Amara padded across her back yard, aware of her nudity and one enforcement officer leering at her. The other looked uncomfortable. Humans. Why do they find nudity unacceptable, since everyone born into the world came without clothes? How she hated the restricting fibers and longed to live in nothing but her skin. Maybe a blanket for times when the cold bit into her, chilling her to the bone.
“Ma’am, your alarm system activated. We called and no one answered. Are you harmed?”
“No, not at all.” She crossed her arms under her breasts. Their eyes roved over her and the one speaking seemed to lose his voice. They appeared confused as to why she paraded around like she did.
“Sir, the house is clear.”
“I’m sure it was just a false alarm.” Amara whipped her head to the left, addressing the female officer entering through her veranda doors.
“Are you certain? We found your front door wide open when we pulled up the drive. The perpetrator may still be in the area. Ma’am, would you mind putting on some clothes?”
Of course there wasn’t an intruder in the house; she’d feel the presence. She weighed the probability of Mari forgetting to lock up behind herself. No other lingering scents clung in the air. No dark aura. Seething in anger at her girlfriend’s lack of awareness, she stalked to her door, leaving the officers to follow her indoors. “I do mind dressing on my own property. I like being naked—”
“Still, ma’am…talking to you’d be a lot easier if you wore clothing.”
“For fuck’s sake.” Amara glared at the unwanted guests.
“She’ll put on some clothes if I have to drag her to her room myself and dress her.” Gavin’s authoritative voice entered into the standoff.
“I will not. This is my place. If they don’t like my appearance they can leave.” Amara whipped around and stared down Gavin’s steel wall of unwanted authority. “What are you doing here?” She’d never seen the man anywhere but at The Delightful Kitty. In his cargo pants and T-shirt, he looked damn good standing in her house.
“Heard the call on my scanner. Wanted to check on you and Mari. Go put on some clothes, babe. I’ll keep the five-oh company.”
Amara opened her mouth to speak and switched outlets.
How do you know where I live?
Drake told me. Now go put on some clothes. Though I don’t mind staring at you, not one bit.
About the Author:
Being smart and sassy with a great sense of humor comes easily for Mahalia Levey. An avid reader of books, she found herself enchanted with disappearing completely into the worlds authors created. One day she vowed to herself she'd be one of them. Then family life came, and college right after. Swayed from her childhood course of action, it took many years for her to get back to that place she held dear as a child. Now she is running full steam ahead to keep up with the many ideas flowing freely. She plans on taking her work to higher levels and expanding her genres. Her main focus is giving her readers variety. Her works in progress include paranormal, fantasy and mainstream romance. Taking characters and watching them grow past what she’s imagined is her true passion.