Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Hunted-Anna Leonard

The Hunted
Anna Leonard
Silhouette Nocturne, Apr 2010,
ISBN: 9780373618330

Seal-kin Dylan Meredith liked his islander lifestyle, but keeps hearing a siren’s call somewhere to the west. He knows not all of his kind meets their life mate as his mom for instance had several mates, but the call just never ceased. No one in generations had traveled far to the west, but Dylan decides to follow his gut and heart.

A nasty storm washes an unconscious naked Dylan onto a Nantucket beach near the home of photographer Beth Havelock, who makes most of her money by photo restoration. When the human and the shapeshifter meet, each is stunned by the attraction. He realizes why her restless call brought him here as she has some of his breed’s DNA. However, they must flee when hunters are aware of him and want his skin that enables a human to alter their appearance.

The Hunted is an enjoyable oceanic romantic fantasy starring two likable lead characters on the lam from some nasty sorts. The story line is fast-paced especially once Dylan leaves his haven home for his destiny. Although the premise is not new (for instance, see Melanie Jackson’s Selkie sea saga), the audience will enjoy Anna Leonard’s take on shapeshifting Selkie.

Harriet Klausner

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