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Healing the Beast by Sable Grey

Healing the Beast by Sable Grey
* I bought this book with a Gift Certificate I won from Breathless Press*

Whose will shall be bent for the conquering and who will be left wanting more?

Lord Sheridan is left for dead on the battlefield; his men have all perished and he remains, wounded and unable to seek refuge. He glimpses what can only be an angel sent to bring him to heaven, although he knows he is destined for hell.

Marial searches the battlefield for survivors but finds only one, Lord Sheridan, badly wounded and on the brink of unconsciousness. Struggling to bring him back to her cottage, she discovers her want, need, for a man’s touch.

Conen Sheridan exposes himself to her for what he truly is, a beast; but one night in passion leaves Marial wanting more.

With lust lingering in the cottage, it is only natural that one submits to the other; however, whose will shall be bent for conquering and who will be left wanting more?

Healing the Beast is a short story that had surprising depth.  Lord Sheridan has a scar on his face that has left more emotional damage than physical.  He is lonely because he keeps to himself with only his men to keep him company.  He thinks everyone is afraid to approach him because of the scar and the women only sleep with him for his coin.

Marial lost her husband to battle several years ago.  She misses him but doesn’t realize how much she has missed the touch of a man until Conen.  She sees beauty and honor in his battle wounds.  She has a young son to care for and an overbearing caregiver that wants more from her than she is willing to give.

Marial finds Conen on the battlefield barely alive.  She recognizes him at once based on stories her husband has told of his bravery.  She helps him home and tends to his wounds.  He surprises her when he shows her a side of himself that few people have seen.  She is intrigued but not afraid of him. 

I loved the exchange between the characters.  He is a gruff male who is used to people obeying his orders and not talking back to him.  She says what she thinks and isn’t intimidated by him.  She orders him around like he is her child sometimes and it exasperates him to no end.  He is a warrior that can care for himself.

Even though the book takes place over a short span of time we get to know the main characters.  We learn about events that shaped them, what they are thinking and where they come from.  Based on the descriptions, it’s easy to see how Marial attracted to Conen.  She is a widow that is fairly young and like most people, she wants to be held and touched.

The sexual tension builds gradually in the book.  The loneliness of the characters calls out to each other and when they do come together it is explosive.  There is one scene at the end that involves a ménage but it’s a short scene almost at the end of the book.

Overall this story is about two people coming together and filling a need within each other, they didn’t know existed.  It was a combination of sweet, funny and sexy moments that I enjoyed. 

Overall I give Healing the Beast 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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