by Charlene Teglia

February 2006
ISBN: 1-59998-005-3
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Singer and songwriter Lorelei Michaels, has a very successful career along with her music group, the Sirens. Lorelei had success, recognition and money … yet she was not completely happy. She was looking for something that she wasn’t even sure what it was. One day, after a conversation in which Lorelei tells her good friend Dane Larsen, leader of the group Thor’s Hammer, the opening act to her show, he gives her a present. The present is a Viking armband that supposedly has a love legend attached to it and that has been in Dane’s family for generations. As Lorelei gets dressed for the concert, she decides to wear the armband, and next thing she knows she is somewhere else.

Despite my love for paranormal time travel romance, I have to admit that I picked The Gripping Beast more because of the fact that is a Charlene Teglia book than for any other reason. However, I do have to say that I was more than glad that I did choose it for review. This is one really good book to read, no matter why you may decide to read it.

In this time travel story, we encounter a heroine that is smart and gutsy, and a bit quirky as well. She adapts quickly to her rather unusual circumstances, yet her constant yearning to go back home give her that added touch of realism. Erik is the yummy alpha who shows his tender side with anything that has to do with Lorelei. He truly cares for her despite the fact that he considers her nothing more than what could be called “property”. The attraction between them is instant yet endearing, and their bantering exchanges are rather amusing, contributing to give The Gripping Beast a touch of humor that only serves to enhance the story. Although I wouldn’t call this book an outright erotic romance, it has enough sensuality in it to satisfy those who appreciate added spice in their reading material. Once more Ms. Teglia has weaved a nicely written story that will keep you reading non-stop until you reach the very last page.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Mireya.

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