Series: SHADOW SHIFTERS
Plot Type: SMR
Ratings: V4; S5; H1
Publisher and Titles: St. Martin's
Temptation Rising (4/2012)
Seduction's Shift (9/2012)
Passion's Prey (3/2013)
BOOK 3: Passion's Prey
All in all, this book isn't any better or any worse than the previous two. If you liked books 1 and 2, you'll probably enjoy this one. I just wish that the author would spend more time on character development and plot transitions and less time on melodramatic, emotional descriptions and clothing references. Click HERE to read an excerpt from Seduction's Shift.
The good guys are the Shadow Shifters, all of whom trace their ancestry back to the Brazilian rain forest. They live by a code of ethics called the Ètica and are ruled by the Assembly, a council of elders based back in the rain forest. Many of these shifters have migrated to the U.S., where they have divided into tribes called factions, each led by their Faction Leader. As the series opens, the East Coast Faction Leader is Rome Reynolds, the Topètenia hero of book 1. The author provides a short glossary of terms at the beginning of each book.
This is a run-of-the-mill paranormal romance series with stereotypical, cardboard characters and a series plot arc that we've seen many times before. If you want to read a solid, well-written feline shifter series, you can't go wrong with one of these: Lora Leigh's terrific FELINE BREEDS, Christine Feehan's LEOPARD SERIES, or Juliana Stone's JAGUAR WARRIORS. Also, Nalini Singh includes a number of feline shifter love stories in her PSY-CHANGELING series. If you like your cat shifters a bit smaller, try Rachel Vincent's WERECATS/SHIFTERS series. You can click on any of the series titles above to go to my reviews.
BOOK 2: Seduction's Shift