on September 28, 2010
Pages: 373 pages
Wanted: Bride. Must love children. Mortals need not apply.
Carlos Panterra is looking for a mate, a woman who will love and care for the young orphans he's recently taken under his wing (or paw, as the case may be). When the shape shifter spies the beautiful Caitlyn, it's like sunshine amidst the darkness. At last, he's found the perfect woman, except...
Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed...
I loved Eat Prey Love! I loved almost everything about it and had a really hard time of putting it down to go adulting.
Eat Prey Love has seen the perimeters of my physical shelves more times than I’d like to admit because I keep buying it and then either selling it or giving it away because I always talk myself out of reading it. But after being in this reading game for 10+ years I should already know that any story involving kids and a shifter I’m all over that story. I think what also had me on the fence about Eat Prey Love was the sheer amount of book in this series. Lately, I’ve been finding myself trying out series that have books that are now in the double digits and I either get intimated or decide to rebel and read whatever books out of the series that I want to read just to see if the series is worth all of the contemplation I put into thinking about them. I am glad to say that the Love at Stake series is a definite must read just from reading Eat Prey Love.
Early on in Eat Prey Love I had to pause and re-read the synopsis a few times because the story wasn’t starting off how I imagined it would for Carlos to have 5 adopted children he needed to watch over, but I had to keep talking myself into not passing judgement until the story started to open up more. Eat Prey Love might’ve not formulated as I imagined but it was composed in an almost flawless manner that I can’t deny kept and held my attention with no problem.
Carlos and Caitlyn were so evenly matched, not so much in strength but just as people, they balanced and completed the other in ways that I have rarely seen in the paranormal romance genre, heck the romance genre period. While Carlos was reserved and just full of secrets (not malicious one or ones that would end up hurting Caitlyn in the end, but his hurts and his motivations for doing some of the things that he did past and present) Caitlyn was so open and uninhibited when it came to Carlos. With everyone else in Eat Prey Love, these two had no problem with holding what they felt or thought close to their chest unless the other party showed their cards first, but when it came to each other they craved the intimacy of sharing everything about themselves with the other with no strings attached, well unless those strings came with loving this unconditionally which they both did they just hadn’t gotten around to telling the other yet.
I really had wished that Eat Prey Love was longer than what it was because I would have really enjoyed reading about how Carlos and Caitlyn were going to parent or be guardians over the 5 cubs that Carlos adopted. The two babies adore Caitlyn so I wasn’t too worried about them, but I would’ve really liked to see how she interacted with the 3 older children, escpeicallly the one who thought she could become Carlos’ mate since he was hellbent on finding a were-panther mate.
Eat Prey Love was dang near perfect except for the tedious rejection that Carlos insisted needed to happen between him and Caitlyn because he was stuck on finding a were-panther mate to continue his dying species. I’m really looking forward to reading more of this series because Eat Prey Love was too good to not be a great sign of there being other stories of the same caliber or better floating around this series.