Punished

Samantha Stone
Punished
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Publisher
Liquid Silver
Release Date
November 2015
Series
Book 1 of Crescent City Creatures
Genre
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Mary just wants to get away from her boss, but quitting her job would leave her and her sister homeless. Raphael is a criminal living with the never-ending guilt of the crimes he committed centuries ago. Punished brings them together in a romance filled with lore, laugher, and love. Samantha Stone is pleased to present Book 1 of her new paranormal romance series, Crescent City Creatures.

Raphael Saar is an exiled werewolf, a convict on the direct path to a death sentence—for a crime he didn't commit. He doesn't care, so long as he can end the human trafficking ring kidnapping women across New Orleans.

Recovering from a horrific tragedy, one particularly bad day for Mary Newman has stretched into months. A nanny for a wealthy family in New Orleans, she can't understand why she's being constantly humiliated by her boss until the night she learns that he's not human—and neither is she.

Only Raphael can save her from the monster feeding from her misery, but will Mary be able to stop his execution?

Punished teams up werewolves, banshees, a wompus cat and a haint in order to rid New Orleans of a group of immortals determined to hurt the city's women and kill Raphael's pack.

Content Notes: Spicy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Shifters, Wolves, Other Weres, Magic, Ghosts

Book Review by Evampire (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
As an exiled werewolf, Raphael Saar knows his actions set him on a path straight to execution but he doesn't care as long as he puts a stop to the kidnapping of women across New Orleans in this captivating paranormal romance.

Mary Newman knows her boss is bad news but she desperately needs the job and the reader can't help but get caught up in the intrigue as Raphael and Mary find and hopefully rescue each other. Emotional turmoil grips the heart as the strong compelling characters draw readers into their story. The chemistry between Raphael and Mary sizzles with spicy heat and steamy sex scenes but the relationship is on a bit of a deadline as time is running out for Raphael...unless Mary can stop his execution in this fast paced plot full of suspense, excitement and romance.

Spine tingling tension has excitement building throughout the story as it quickly becomes obvious that Raphael is on a mission that will most likely end up with him dead. Additional tension and excitement builds as Mary discovers that not only is her boss not human but neither is she and they will have to work together along with their few friends to stop the evil residing in New Orleans, with some unexpected twists and betrayals spicing things up even more.

When I first read the blurb for this story, I was immediately intrigued because of the New Orleans setting (my backyard) and the interesting plot but the beginning of the book had me a bit worried that I wasn't going to like this book as it seemed a bit scattered. Luckily I continued on and as more became clear the more caught up in the story I became. The author created a paranormal world with a bit of a unique twist to it that certainly has promise, so I will be waiting for the next book to see how the series continues.
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