Talon's Prey by Shea Balik

23622152Title: Talon’s Prey
Series: Paranormal Wars: Juarez, #2
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (129 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc (January 3rd 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Gibson Martin has always loved two things, to cook and to sing. One of them he excels at, the other, well, his motto is if you don’t like it, leave. When he meets Alpha Talon Ramirez, who happens to be his mate, he’s overjoyed the man doesn’t grumble about his voice, which others compare to an animal dying.

Talon Ramirez thinks his mate’s off-key singing is adorable. He especially likes the way Gibson loses himself to the music while shaking his ass and singing his heart out while cooking the best food Talon has ever tasted. Now he just needs to find a way to keep his mate safe while the rebels plan an attack against Juarez that will devastate the city.

Will they be able to overcome the danger in store for them? Will Gibson’s singing get any better? Or will Talon’s men need to buy earplugs?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-760-2

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/talons-prey

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order. Also is a spin-off from the Stone Haven series with recurring characters.

Gibson is great. He is a chef taught from a young age how to cook by his father. When he needs a new job because his former boss couldn’t take no for an answer, he takes on the job as the new chef or the Alpha of the Latin Territory. As soon as he steps in the door of the Alpha’s home, the fun starts as Alpha Talon turns out to be his mate.

Talon has been living with guilt since he had to kill his own brother as a traitor to the Alliance. When his new chef shows up, he finally has something good in his life, even if he doesn’t think he deserves Gibson at first. But things are not easy for this mating or for the current situation with enemies trying to take Talon and his new mate out of the picture. It doesn’t help matters when Talon can’t control his own aggression and jealously about anyone getting close to Gibson.

I loved Gibson. He may be a ferret, but he doesn’t let people push him around including his mate Talon. I really loved his way of cooking. The visual of Gibson dressed is only boy shorts dancing and singing at the top of his lungs was the best. Gibson knows he can’t sign worth a damn, but he just doesn’t care. I love it.

Talon on the other pissed me off more times than not. He let his need to protect Gibson get in the way of things. Plus his jealousy caused Gibson a lot of pain, and gave him reason to doubt Talon. So I had a real love hate reaction to Talon. With all the other action going on with the treats from their enemies, Talon just added a lot of angst that turned me off of him many times. Although finally he did get his act together, but still it was a little annoying.

So… I loved the book, I loved Gibson, I loved the supporting cast, and I loved that the villains got their just desserts. But Talon really did ruin it for me times and I took half a point off for that. Still, looking forward to reading more future books in this series.

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