Kayden/Simon: Bayou Heat Novellas

Alexandra Ivy; Laura Wright
Kayden/Simon: Bayou Heat Novellas
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Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date
August 2016
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance


Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them - Joshua Ford - and it's time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua's daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?


Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it's Tryst's turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 19, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
The Pantera are a group of puma shifters who were relegated to little more than myths until they were forced out of hiding after a group of humans began experimenting on their unique blood. These are two stories of the ferocity and dedication of the Pantera.


Pantera Geek Kayden has been driven to exact his revenge on the scientist who killed his family, but when he arrives at the lab, it's the man's daughter he encounters. Stunned by his body's immediate reaction to this human female, Kayden decides to kidnap Bianca instead, but he quickly learns that she's not much more than a pawn in her father's game either. Bianca has been...sheltered...her whole life, so she's choosing not to think it's too weird that she's excited about being kidnapped by the hot as hell Pantera. The two are in for an enlightening time in Vegas as secrets get exposed.


Tryst is a Pantera Hunter most skilled in hunting and capturing, but she's irritated that she's been tasked with shifting into her human form to return rogue Diplomat Simon to their Wildlands home. Simon has been in the human realm working as a model for years, studiously avoiding being captured by the Pantera sent to bring him home. Tryst doesn't expect the lust to attack her so viciously when she meets the man, nor that she'd want to protect him instead of bring him in. What's a girl used to being a cat supposed to do with these unusual feelings?

KAYDEN/SIMON is book 21/22 in the Bayou Heat series, and also a stand-alone addition to the innovative and fun 1001 Dark Nights series featuring sensual and erotic stories by a variety of popular authors inspired by the classic The Arabian Nights tale.

Sometimes it's tough to review a combo book by more than one author, since every writing style is unique, however these two work well together as previous partnerships in this series have shown. I liked both of the stories in this book, both being quickie novellas that were decently erotic and well written. Kayden and Bianca, and Simon and Tryst all had great chemistry, though I think I liked Simon and Tryst's connection a little more (it was close). For someone who doesn't really "do" too many shifter reads, I found that I did still enjoy the intensity and uniqueness in these stories. The shifter aspect, while an obvious recurring theme, didn't overpower the overall love stories. In the end, the novellas were just like any other romance out there…except with some fur and claws and stuff.

Bottom Line: Other than offerings in the 1001 Dark Nights series, I'm not super familiar with the Bayou Heat series, but I'm sure that fans of those books and shifter reads in general will enjoy these stories.
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