#2 The Gatherers
“So you’re just as innocent of women as I am of men,” she realized as her closed hand rode down his entire length.
“I’ve been with many women in the realms of their dreams.”
“And I’ve been with Gerard Butler in the realms of my dreams.”
She laughed as he whipped his tounge around her navel once more, then drew a straight line down. “I must say, that’s, like porno impressive.”
How could I not read this book with a teaser like this..
You are so easy, he remarked. “Just a nibble on your neck and you’re ready to throw open your legs for me.”
And then I knew…I. Need. This. Book.
Adrian is the Freddy Kruger of the dream realm. He reaps dark energy off of human nightmares, feeding off of fear, darkness, and people’s deepest darkest desires to siphon energy to his people. Katheryn is an innocent; she doesn’t know she is encountering Adrian in her dreams…or in her case, nightmares. Lured by her dark need for forced seduction, Adrian kidnaps her and places her in his treasure room. Outside the dream realm, he is hideously formed with fangs, hunchback, and a deformed face. Is Kathryn’s innocent power enough to save his soul….?
Stealing Kathryn is an erotic take on the story of The Beauty and The Beast transported to the realm of dreams. Adrian, a Guardian lives off of energy, in order to keep his people alive he enters dreams and feeds off of people’s dark desires and fear. Without this he people would starve – after many years he has lost his emotions and humanity. Given to extreme displays of rage and in several scenes he actually backhands his sister Aerlyn – Adrian is a beast. Frank expounds on why he behaves this way but just prepare yourselves, his character is a tad ‘dark’.
Kathryn on the other hand is an innocent who captivates Adrian to the point that he steals her away for his own pleasure. I did feel that Kathryn conceded a bit quickly given that this crazy, monster-beast kidnaps her, scares her to death and yet she “knows” she needs to treat him with kindness. That somehow her amplification of goodness and kindness will rehabilitate his brutish ways. Hookay…I’m a huge fan of the whole dark warrior kidnaps the innocent maid, I have a whole shelf dedicated to Jaid Black’s Viking series, however, Frank’s use of Kathryn’s ‘innocence’ was flimsy and a bit forced. Her immediate compliance made her appear weak-willed and powerless. Had Frank focused more on the relationship build-up where Kathryn can see that Adrian isn’t’ really a monster, but that his Guardian duties have made him the way he is, I would have bought this reconstruction through innocence angle a bit more. Also, after Adrian claims her as his kadrin (mate), she is never allowed to go back to her family, a point that was EXTREMELY glossed over.
What I liked most about Stealing Kathryn is Frank’s ability to weave sensual, erotic scenes throughout the book. That’s code for hot sexy time. Kathryn and Adrian’s first time is when he is still somewhat of a beast and if I hadn’t read a few Nancy Friday stories, I think I would have had to speed dial my therapist and ask her why I think deformed animals are sexy. At times, in his ‘beast form’ Adrian was described as being twice the size of a man…’down there’… which combined with Kathryn’s innocent but curious nature made these scenes very sensual and dare I saw naughty. And the things he did with his claws *bits lip* you’ll just have to read and find out.
All in all Stealing Kathryn is an erotic/paranormal hybrid that integrates one of my most beloved fairy tales with some erotic steaminess. Despite some ho-hums regarding the main heroine I was still able to enjoy the story and am secretly online shopping for future Halloween costumes for hubs:
For those of you liked Rapture, or rough n’ tuff beasties, this one’s for you.
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