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Buy Supernatural Romance, Werewolves, Vampires And Fae: ‘Silver Borne’ by Patricia Higgs
Vampires, Werewolves and Demons, oh my!
Are you a supernatural romance addict? The genre, or sub-genre as you might prefer to view it, really seems to have blossomed and come into its own in the past few years. This has possibly been aided by the whole ‘Twilight’ phenomenon, and prior to that possibly by Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Now it seems that all you need to do in order to successfully market a new romance novel is to stick a guy with creepy glowing eyes on the cover and something about ghosts, vamps or shapeshifters on the blurb on the back. But which of these multiplicity of tomes are the cream of the crop, and which are the Hammer horrors?
Patricia Briggs is one of my personal favourites when it comes to reading supernatural romance. Her Mercy Thompson series is themed around the character of a young mixed-race female college-educated car mechanic (phew!) – who just happens to be a shapeshifter who can turn into a coyote at the drop of a hat.
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'Silver Borne' is the fifth in the series of Mercy Thompson novels which began with 'Moon Called', in which we are introduced to the young shapeshifter and her brooding werewolf suitor/neighbour. By the fifth novel, you'd kind of assume that she'd have got it on with her chap with the monthly moon-related problem, wouldn't you? (And what a nightmare that must be: PMT for two in a heterosexual household!)
Well, kind of, but not exactly. She's paired off with the guy after a fashion, but there's enough trauma, confusion and obstacles in place in order to maintain romantic and dramatic tension between them. Plus, someone is going around knocking off anyone who gets in the way of their acquiring a fairy object of great power, and that's causing considerable trouble for the local werewolf pack. In additiion her old boyfriend (also of the wolfy persusasion) is in town, severely depressed with a mid-late-eternal-life crisis and getting on her nerves.
Mercy's a caring person. She wants to take care of and help out her friends. She wants to get it on with her werewolf lover. So of course it's up to her to fix everyone's problems and get them to give her a bit of peace...