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    It’s raw, it’s gritty, and it’s a book you won’t easily forget. I’m talking about “The Lioness” (the complete four part series) by Max, at Cherish Desire Divinations. Max’s Shapeshifters are feral, primal; they evoke a lusty desire in the reader, but they provoke fear as well. Would you really want a coupling with these beasts, knowing that they can, and probably will, sink their teeth into your throat; disembowel you with their ripping claws? Long, long ago, I used to read a lot of Shapeshifter erotica; I found a connection in a world of monsters; the type of monsters that you fall in love with. The monsters that had shaped my fantasies throughout my life. Dark, dark, night time fantasies. Wolves, beasts with passionate beating hearts; creatures that seduce, before they destroy. Sometimes, if you’re lucky they will make you one of their own. I don’t know why, but I drifted away from those lovely, haunting, Shapeshifters; somewhere, somehow, they had lost their allure. I think I actually, became a little bit bored. I tried to understand why; the pace was right, the lyrical placing of words was right, the prose couldn’t be faulted. So I thought about it some more. The conclusion that I came to, was that Shapeshifter erotica no longer seem convincing to me; and before everyone starts yelling, “suspend your disbelief,” I did, I really, really did. Even with a writer as well established in the genre, such as Laurel K. Hamilton; there was a huge part of me that wanted so much to believe, and following that belief, to be aroused, we are, after all talking about erotica. I came to the conclusion that Laurel really didn’t believe either, or maybe she too was getting a little bit bored, and that was coming over to me, as a reader. If the writer isn’t convinced, then the poor reader doesn’t stand a chance. So, thank goodness Twitter introduced me to Max, at Cherish Desire. I began with “The Lioness” and immediately, I was hooked. I read the 4 part series in a night and half a day; I was a part of the world of Erik, Heather and Helene. Passionate Shapeshifters that celebrate their difference, through sex, love and danger. There is heart racing action here, I felt as I used to feel; aroused, allured, their glamor overwhelming me. Max’s Shapeshifters made me feel alive. When Erik is hunted by the Bears, there are heartbreaking, ripping scenes of cruelty. The sort of cruelty that makes you want to give up; you cannot take anymore. Max writes with a pace that is relentless and I surrender as Erik tastes sight, scents and sounds as the hunters close in on him; is this for real? Surely not; it cannot be. I don’t know how Max does it, but I feel what Erik must be feeling. I taste blood, cloying, sticky, metallic in my mouth; and still, I keep reading. And of course, there is sex here; very, very hot sex. Sex between Erik and Helene; sex between Erik and Heather. Sex with all three. Sex that tips on annihilation with biting teeth and claws to rip the flesh. Sex that jolts and crashes through every nerve of my body with Max’s beautiful, stunning poetic prose. The perfect word, following the perfect word…now that’s a writer. Max is a writer with an intuitive sense of what will stoke up the fires and turn on his reader. He knows how to enthrall his reader; how to keep his reader turning the pages. Read “The Lioness” by Max; read everything by Max and join me in my quivering yearning, as we anticipate where Max will take us next.

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