Title: Originally Human
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #1.5
In: Cravings (Laurell K. Hamilton)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Paranormal romance
Publisher: Jove Fiction
5th sentence, 74th page: I haven’t used magic since I bought us here.
Molly doesn’t look her age. In fact, Molly never will, having already been around for centuries with no signs of wear. That’s because Molly is a succubus—not demonic, but cursed. A victim rather than victimizer—and more than sympathetic to the gorgeous and naked man she finds hiding in the woods. Unlike Molly though, he has no memory of his past—only that he’s being hunted for reasons he can’t explain. Now they must both try and solve the riddle of his origin before his past—or even hers—reaches out of the darkness to destroy them.
This short World of the Lupi story really helped to fill in the gaps of some of what happened to Cullen during Tempting Danger. Although it wasn’t integral to the understanding of the story, it did help to fill in some gaps as to how Cullen was captured and why. It also provided a little more feedback on the Lupi’s arch nemesis – something that I think will become far more important as the series progresses.
Although Tempting Danger helps to set up the following books and draw you into World of the Lupi, for me, it was Originally Human that has really set up the mystery and overarching battle which I’m sure is to come. Molly’s past and Michael’s creation are intricate puzzle pieces – ones that I’m not quite sure where they fit. This, alongside the romance and passion between them is a great way in which to throw the reader into the figurative storm on the horizon of the Lupi’s tale.
Although this is predominately a paranormal romance with steamy sexual tension, it is Molly’s desire for family and a place to belong that really drew me to her character. She might be the epitome of sexuality, but it is her softness, and kind and caring heart that make you truly fall in love with her character and story.
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