Renewing family ties with her long lost sister, Caitlyn Whelan discovers there's a whole a hidden world of paranormal beings - and that she is related to a fair number of them including her sister Shanna's children and vamp hubby - when Caitlyn meets the gorgeous vamp members of Shanna's extended Romatech 'family'. But while vamps are great to look at, it is the sultry shifter Carlos Pantera who really gets Caitlyn's heart pumping and throws her libido into overdrive. Unfortunately, the sexy cat is holding out on her and denying their overwhelming attraction because Carlos is on a mission to find a were-mate to help bolster the numbers of his endangered species and he has a whole lot of hidden anguish from the loss of his family and his clan to keep him committed to his quest.
I absolutely loved Eat Prey Love, it was funny, very steamy and very satisfying. Caitlyn is such an upbeat heroine and I just loved her psycholinguistic talent - she can instantly learn languages she hears spoken. I thought it was great that even though she is being trained for her new job with MacKay Security and Investigations, Caitlyn doesn't suddenly morph into kitt-butt-woman. Instead, Caitlyn stays absolutely hopeless in the fighting department - and there is a humorous running gag throughout the book that goes along with that.
Carlos is wonderfully tormented by his attraction to the woman he just can't have. It may seem a bit perverse, but I really liked that Caitlyn doesn't give up on the love that she wants and that she turns the thumbscrews on Carlos - flirting and teasing to keep the sensual tension high. This makes the back and forth banter between the pair quite entertaining. I was glad that there was no quick and easy happily ever after for the pair - it was well worth the wait, and oh so satisfying when Caitlyn finally wore Carlos down. I also found it a refreshing a change of pace that Caitlyn knew up front about Carlos' nature, instead of it being the secret the hero just can't figure out how to spill as in many of Sparks' other books.
In the background, Sparks brings back most of our old favorites from previous books which is always fun, exposes a bit more of Caitlyn's sister Shanna's background - and gives us a reason to hate their father even more. And Sparks also adds to her cast in both the ally and villain departments - however, the series' illusive uber-villain is notably absent in this one.
So I loved Eat Prey Love, which was my favorite in Spark's series in a while, and found that Carlos was a nice change of pace from Sparks' kilted and fangy heroes. And even though I was lucky enough to be given an advance reading copy of Eat Prey Love - there is no question that I would have purchased this if I hadn't been so lucky and Eat Prey Love would have been worth every penny.