I finally found time to read Instinct. Like a ravenous reading beast, I devour pretty much any story J. A. Belfield writes, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this little lovely. As usual, she did not disappoint me. Five of these little babies from me ☆☆☆☆☆, deserving of every single one.
Let’s start off with the beautiful cover and the blurb, shall we?
Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her.
When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.
The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.
That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.
In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.
Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?
First off I have to say I LOVE this cover. The colors and lighting are eye-catching enough, but then I noticed the subtle detail of Sean’s shadow taking the shape of a wolf. Very creative and fitting, and the whole flavor of the couple’s attire matches the story to perfection. Bravo again, J. Taylor!
This story is from Sean’s perspective, the hero from Darkness & Light. Here, we see him in a previous life where he’s trolling the marketplace for his latest female delicacy to have as an afternoon carnal snack, enjoying a different one each week. He’s a bit of a naughty one, that Sean, until a chance encounter brings him upon Gem, a blonde enticement that raises his mind from his trousers to the worthy woman she is. She’s stubborn and has heard of Mr. Holloway and his adventures under women’s petticoats, so she isn’t as easy to win over as Sean might like.
Her scent, beauty and the bold way about her make sure he doesn’t give in, trying as hard to win her as she tries not to be won. Destiny, it would seem, has other ideas. Not that it’s easy by any stretch. Between the rules of his pack and Gem’s mother, a talented witch who dislikes werewolves, the path they walk is a hard one. One very enjoyable for the reader to be tugged along the emotional roller coaster Sean finds himself on.
Although this is a short read, it’s packed with intrigue and emotion, and woven together like silk threads, creating a story so smooth and captivating you’ll want to curl up on the sofa and read it again and again.