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  • Exotic (7.5) on Dec. 20, 2012

    Exotic (The Druid Breeders, #7.5) by Marata Eros What an awesome Christmas present! This short story begins where EMBER ended. Constantine, the consummate bad-boy, has wreaked havoc upon the Mer people, in more ways than one, and yet Constantine’s involvement and subsequent actions in this latest escapade appear to be warranted, and dare I say it—chivalrous! Obviously, the 'joke' here, is uttering 'Constantine and chivalrous' in the same sentence –the notion itself is oxymoronic. LOL! EXOTIC is not only the title of the latest installment of The Druid Breeders saga; but ‘Exotics’ are also special vampires of rare lineage. We meet again Tarrin and Lucia, who are assigned to track, apprehend and dispense punishment, if needed, to our beloved Constantine. Tarrin and Lucia are determined to find Con, albeit for different reasons; one has a sense of duty, and the other, an incredible sense of guilt. The majority of the story is told from Tarrin’s point-of-view with a bit of Constantine and Lucia’s internal dialogue sprinkled in the mix for added benefit and insight. This ensures the reader can easily follow the storyline. The Druid Breeders series is known for its erotically descriptive scenes and this short story is no different. EXOTIC unfolds with a vividly descriptive and expressive scene—just pure eroticism at its best! Although Constantine is not afforded an opportunity to have his ‘special brand of sex’, he does briefly reflect on the possibility—as only he could enjoy it. As I have said before—he is, who he is... and that is why I absolutely and unequivocally LOVE him! =;-) The reader also peeks into the lives of Tarrin and Lucia as we’ve never seen them. It’s comforting to see the ‘elusive search and connection’ Tarrin desperately sought in the previous books reciprocated by Lucia; the two Exotics appear to be a happy and loving couple. **Le sigh** This story also sets the tone and scene for Constantine’s upcoming book. Have I expressed how much I love Con? Yes. I do believe I have mentioned Con in every paragraph thus far (except the paragraph above), but then again, it is to be expected—this short story is all about him, as is the next book that is scheduled for release in January 2013, and I can’t wait! =;-) Don’t miss this FREE Christmas gift!