Review: Collared for a Night by Susan Arden

Collared For A Night by Susan Arden
Release Date:  July 22, 2013
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 218
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Diana Hambre’s shifter nature is out-of-control and could cost her job as a graphic designer at Matrix. A year of going it alone since her mate’s death has her leopardess mating cycle broiling. To curb her carnal cravings, Diana signs up for an evening at a shifter club. When Shawn Barclay who stalks through the doorway, it’s mayhem in the making.

As owner of Matrix and the Downtown Den, Shawn has ignored his primal instinct to claim Diana as his mate. With his Zen training, he keeps a tight rein on his desire for the leopardess. But when she’s collared upstairs at the Den, he’s refuses to let another shifter near her.

Diana agrees and what transpires lasts longer than a night. In opening up to Shawn’s explosive bedroom skills, Diana taps into her powerful leopardess instinct. So primal, she fears what she may do if left unchecked. Shawn agrees to teach Diana how to harness her alpha power in return for total control over her body.

During a midnight run, Diana confronts a rogue shifter pack and forces Shawn’s hand to her backside and what he proposes could last a lifetime. From Denver to Las Vegas, these two are inseparable until Mia, his ex-fiancée comes back into the picture with a claim to stake.

Can Diana mix cutting-edge design room tactics with red-hot sex…when alpha shifter might shatter her heart?


Review:  First of all I must say that the cover of this title is what first drew my attention and then when I read the blurb I was further intrigued.   As a result when the opportunity arose for me to read and review this title I was very enthused.   However, my enthusiasm got shot to the ground after the first few chapters.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that the story was not good it was just not what I was expecting.  To be honest, I don’t mind reading about sex in romance stories as I believe it adds spice but when it practically dominates the entire story that’s where I draw the line.  I know this is an erotic romance, but frankly I was expecting a bit more substance.  It moved very slowly.  It was not until the about the last four chapters that the story started to get exciting.

The sex scenes were definitely sizzling. There was some amount of BSDM and anal sex so if you are in to this type of thing then this book is definitely for you.

Although I was disappointed with the story line I have to say that the story was well written. Characters were well developed. I was especially drawn to the female protagonist, Diana Hambre. She is a leopard shifter who has been a widow for some time. She had gotten use to keeping her carnal urges under control on her own. However, lately it had become quite difficult for her and she recognized that she needed help to achieve this task.  Little did she know that the place she went to obtain a solution to her problem is owned by her boss, Shawn Barclay.   She is a very strong willed person and it was somewhat difficult for her to give up this independence and to submit to Shawn. I liked how she was able to eventually do that and at the same time was able to hold on to her identity. She had no qualms about protecting what was hers.

Overall I found it to be an ok read. It may not have been my favorite read but I would still recommend it as I know everyone’s taste is different.