On the run for her life, Toni finds safety with the mysterious Oh-Mah people living deep in the Carolina Mountains. Direct descendants from a legendary creature, they are more human than beast. With the exception of being big and tall, they no longer carry any of the original Bigfoot hairy, monstrous traits. Yet they prefer the simple, uncomplicated life their beastly ancestors lived. They remain far away from civilization, feeding the surrounding small, town locals with rare sightings that keep the myth alive.
Captured by their rugged leader, Cormac, Toni must undergo an ancient mating ritual in order not to be claimed and mated by any of the other males. Once Cormac mates with her in a public ceremony, she will be off limits to everyone but him, something Toni is grateful for. She gradually falls for the powerful leader, willingly giving in to his ravenous demands for sex. He vows to protect and love her, but can she give up her old life to live with him in the mountains?
I’ve read quite a few of Richards’ books lately. They are short, fun, and easy to read in one sitting. The author has an unbounded imagination, ranging from merely hot human sex to firecracker cowboys, to paranormal Bigfoot like this one.
Toni finds herself kidnapped by Cormac, in the backwoods where he informs her she is his lifemate, and will not be allowed to return to her home and friends. Understandably, she is upset, and tries to escape, only to be brought back. She can’t understand why she’s not more troubled by her situation, and why she can’t stop craving Cormac’s brand of sex and passion.
The Mating Ritual is a short read, as are most, and quite predictable, but with the paranormal element, I found it to be entertaining, and I think you will, too.
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