Series: SHADOW SHIFTERS
Plot Type: Soul Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—4; Sensuality—5; Humor—1
Publisher and Titles: St. Martin's
Temptation Rising (4/2012)
Seduction's Shift (9/2012)
Passion's Prey (3/2013)
Shifter's Claim (8/2014)(also published in four e-novella "episodes" )
Hunger's Mate (2/2015)
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 formed an organization called the Stateside Shadow Shifters and divided themselves into tribes called factions, each led by a 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.
The bad guys, who refuse to follow the Ètica and live only to sate their hungers for sex and death, are the rogues. They also migrated from the rain forest, but they do not belong to any of the Shadow Shifter factions. As the series begins, the rogues are led by Sabar Tabares, a power-mad, drug-dealing killer whose goal is to be the most powerful being in the U.S. First, though, he must insinuate his way into behind-the-scenes power roles by manipulating weak and greedy human government officials, and—more importantly—he must get rid of the Shadow Shifters.
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.
NOVEL 2: Seduction's Shift