There are few things author Cailey Holm
likes less than cats. When her critique partner talks the
feline-phobic Cailey into creating a were-lion hero as a way
to overcome her fears, Cailey’s skeptical, but goes along
with the idea. Then her creation, Lander Cornelius, King of
the Werekin, not only shows up in her home, but also kidnaps
Cailey and takes her to his world. Thrust into a situation
over which she has no control, Cailey is both aroused and
fearful of her sensual captor. Lander swears he won’t harm
her that he only wishes to harness her powers to protect his
people. Can Cailey risk being swept into an unwritten tale
where danger lurks in unexpected places? Or will she submit
to the erotic temptation Lander presents for a chance at the
kind of love she’s only written about?
It’s a tempting fantasy, being swept
away by the hero of a novel. Tawny Taylor takes this dream
and gives it her own original twist in Wicked Beast.
I loved the idea of an author being taken into a world she’s
only begun to form. It enabled me to possess a certain
amount of knowledge to become familiar with Lander and his
world, while still leaving plenty of room for discovery and
I sincerely liked Cailey and Lander.
Each had room for growth when the book began and Ms. Taylor
wove their character development in beautifully. As a
couple, the two generated enough heat to start a fire,
fitting for a heroine who pens erotic romance, I think. The
only thing I would wish for is a more developed resolution
to the tale. The ending felt somewhat rushed and I was left
with a few questions. Still, I enjoyed Wicked Beast
and hope Ms. Taylor writes stories for Cailey’s critique
partners, Mia and Lisa.