Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Woods Family Series by Mandy Harbin


Title: Surrounded by Death 
Author: Mandy Harbin
My RatingA-


Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Series: Woods Family Prequel
Main Characters: Eric
Release Date: September 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

His family speaks of his death as a tragic example of why it's too dangerous for the Woods men to be around available women.

Eric Woods is now dead, but was his last night as a living, breathing mountain lion shifter as horrible as his family has always believed?

Experience Eric's last night with Simone--a woman whose need for carnal pleasures far exceeds all rational thought.

Order of books in this series:
Surrounded by Death (Prequel to Woods Family Series, a short story)
Surrounded by Woods (Book 1)
Surrounded by Pleasure (Book2)
Surrounded by Temptation (Book 3)

My Review:
This book is a novella and is the prequel for the entire series. You don't have to read it to enjoy the other books, but it definitely enhances the story line of what these guys are going through. This is not an HEA story, but it is a great story to read to understand the Woods family dilemma when it comes to unmated women. Eric's death and the events around it have colored every single thing about the Woods men's lives ever since then. This is a very short novella, but it's definitely worth the read for the overall story line of the series.



Title: Surrounded by Woods 
Author: Mandy Harbin
My RatingB+


Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Series: Woods Family #1
Main Characters: Mikaela and Josh
Release Date: July 2011
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Amira Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: erotic



Story Overview:
When Mikaela Patterson takes on a client with specific requirements that no single women be allowed on his property, she keeps her broken engagement a secret. She doesn’t realize her client and his sons are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman can turn deadly.

Josh Woods knows his father would never allow an available woman on the property, so he doesn’t understand why he is immediately drawn to Mikaela. Their passion ignites, but when the truth comes out about Mikaela’s true availability and Josh’s animal instincts, their desire has consequences neither wants to face.

Warning: This book contains a shifter who will make you sweat and a feisty heroine who can take him on. Get a cool drink when you read this one!

My Review:
I'll admit it...I have a weak spot for a good erotic shifter novel. This series features mountain lion shifters...hmm, alpha males purring? Yes, it's a good thing.

The Woods family live a very secluded life on the family timberland. They've had to do this because the family has four unmated sons...a situation which can prove deadly to them. They learned this the hard way when the fifth brother was killed trying to take a mate. In this world, an unmated female is prey...whether she agrees or not. A lot of times, that is a "not" and she then kills her new mate in a vengeful frenzy. It gets ugly really quickly so it's easier to just keep the unmated males away from temptation.

Enter one sassy, but clueless lawyer who has no idea what she's walking into and hasn't mentioned to her boss that her engagement was called off. Add in a sexy, flirtatious shifter and a freak snowstorm and there you have it...your perfect romantic recipe. 

Overall, this was a fun little book. It's an erotica, so it's most definitely hot. I enjoyed the story line. Mikaela is tough to hold her own against these very alpha males including Josh who enjoys pushing her buttons. I loved Josh and how torn he is. He knows he's risking a lot by pursuing Mikaela, but he just can't help himself, even in the face of her perceived engagement. Although somewhat predictable, that didn't make it where I couldn't enjoy it. I definitely did. It also makes me very happy that there are four boys to follow their stories.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Title: Surrounded by Pleasure 
Author: Mandy Harbin
My RatingB


Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Series: Woods Family #2
Main Characters: Krista and Toby
Release Date: October 2011
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Amira Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: erotic



Story Overview:
Krista Owens is an attorney who works too much and plays too little. When her colleague, Mikaela, requests her assistance for a month on the Woods estate, hinting that her brothers-in-law are all hot with commitment phobias, Krista agrees to tell the guys she has a boyfriend, hoping to finally lose her virginity.

Toby Woods doesn’t want anything to do with Krista, but watching his brothers fight over her ignites his feral side. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

He knows it’s temporary, but will he be able to let her go when it’s time?

My Review:
hmm, Krista has no idea what she's headed into when she heads out to the Woods family ranch. Mikaela (heroine from book #1) has come up with a plan to find her brother-in-laws mates....she'll bring single women out to the ranch under the ruse that they are in relationships, but they are open ones. She doesn't realize when she hatches this plan with Krista that Krista is actually a virgin.

The reason she's a virgin? She's actually pretty sweet and shy...so when confronted with the brothers, two of which are all over her, she's drawn to the third, Toby who sits quietly in the back not wanting to cause a confrontation with his brothers although he's incredibly drawn to her.

Again, this was a book I enjoyed. There didn't seem to be quite as much story line to this edition, but that may simply be because the world was already established in book #1. 

These books are really hot, but I liked that Krista is truly shy, although she's working very hard to hide it. She wants to lose her virginity and she wants Toby to be the one to take it so she has to pursue him. I liked how torn Toby was. He really wants her, but at first he doesn't want to fight his brothers for her (that can be really dangerous with shifters) then he doesn't want to take her because of her virginity. Krista was most definitely the pursuer and it was so opposite of her personality. It was just an interesting little twist to the story.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Title: Surrounded by Temptation 
Author: Mandy Harbin
My Rating: A- 


Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Series: Woods Family #3
Main Characters: Ariel and Rob
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Amira Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: erotic



Story Overview:
When Krista needs Ariel’s biochemical expertise because her new boyfriend can turn into a mountain lion, Ariel thinks her sister has lost her mind. But the possibility of a major discovery like this is too much of a temptation to ignore. Create a drug to stop a shifter from forcing a mating? Only if she got to test his sexual limits herself.

Rob thinks Ariel is an angel in disguise, and he immediately knows she’s the one for him. But is he strong enough to resist his animal’s need to claim her once the temptation begins?

Warning: This book contains a shifter who must resist his feral need to mate and a biochemist who is hell-bent on testing his sexual limits. You’ll never look at science the same way again.

My Review:
I liked the twist in this book that Ariel is on the farm mainly as a scientist. She's working with the cougar shifter's to dispel their aggression with unmated females. It felt like it created more depth to the story to not just be about the relationship between Ariel and Rob. Although, admittedly...this still falls under the erotica category so there is still plenty of hot loving. This book just seemed to have MORE to the actual story and characters than the other books have had. I've enjoyed them all, but this one is definitely my favorite out of all of them so far.

There is also the added element that Ariel is a scientist through and through and after having one disaster of a marriage, she absolutely does not believe in love. She believes in chemical reactions within our bodies that everyone interprets as love. It provided an interesting perspective. Rob, on the other hand, is a pure romantic at heart. Luckily, he knows that he loves Ariel and fully believes that's enough...so he's willing to wait her out.

It was interesting to see the developments with the unmated cougar shifters and how Ariel was able to manipulate/dispel their highly aggressive behaviors. She had some rather unusual approaches which Rob found particularly pleasing, but poor Jack. It will be interesting to see how his HEA plays out for him, since he's not a particularly happy guy anyway. 

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.




About the Author:
Mandy Harbin is the author of several books across multiple genres that range from young adult to erotic romance. 
Her novels include Season’s Change: Summer, a young adult romance, and Darkest Sin, an erotic romantic suspense, both being the first in new series. Mandy also continues to work on her Possession series, which explores BDSM elements with Digital Possession being the series starter, and the ever popular Woods Family series, which began with Surrounded by Woods. She lives in a small Arkansas town with her family and can be reached via her website at www.mandyharbin.com

1 comment:

Mandy Harbin said...

Thanks, Christi! My pub is offering book one, SURROUNDED BY WOODS, for free on Amazon right now:) So everyone can try it out! :) http://www.amazon.com/Surrounded-Woods-Family-Book-ebook/dp/B005F6E7Z8/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1