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Temptation Rising: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance (The Shadow Shifters) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

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“The shifter universe just got sexier with the kick-off to Arthur's sizzling new series, Shadow Shifters. This launch book introduces an intriguing cast of characters functioning in the human world, yet keeping their true natures a secret. The sparks betweeen this hero and heroine are plentiful, but developing a relationship is tougher. Looking forward to the next installment!” ―RT Book Reviews on Temptation Rising

“Deliciously edgy, sexy and certainly not to be missed. A.C. Arthur knows how to deliver the heat.” ―Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“TEMPTATION RISING has everything a good book should; action, adventure, suspense, mystery and fiery hot passion.” ―Romance Junkies

“This book has depth and an interesting storyline, complete with unique characters that will keep you entranced starting at page one.” ―Night Owl Reviews

“A.C. Arthur begins a new series with a bang.” ―Sensual Reads

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They live in the shadows―part man, part animal―hiding their true nature while defending the human race from the most savage of their kind…

Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge cat-like creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast's fangs and claws―or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds…

Powerful, passionate, and impossible to resist, they are the Shadow Shifters…

Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars―who hunt down maneaters―she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears. A fierce creature of the night whose nature is to protect his female at any cost…


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Product Details

  • Series: The Shadow Shifters (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312549105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312549107
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla C. Johnson (Cilla) on May 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A.C. Arthur introduces readers to a new series with the first book in her Shadow Shifters series, Temptation Rising. Kalina Harper has one thing on her mind - she wants to be a DEA agent. In order to do it, she has to go undercover as an account assistant at the law firm of Reynolds & Delgado. But, there were two things that interfered with her plan. First, Kalina is haunted by an incident that occurred two years earlier where she was rescued by a creature that appeared to be a huge cat. Second, Kalina cannot deny the heat that rises in her every time she is with Roman Reynolds.

Roman Reynolds is not aware that he was a suspect in a criminal investigation. Known as a lethal litigator, Roman is muscular, tall and every woman's fantasy. He is also the leader of a secret race. Roman has two goals - to avenge the death of his parents and to protect Kalina by any means necessary.

Arthur has stepped up the game with this romantic paranormal thriller. From the first page to the last, readers will become engaged in the adventures of Kalina and Roman as a secret society is revealed. Readers will become engrossed in their lust-filled attraction. Fans of L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress series will definitely be intrigued to read this series. I eagerly await the next installment.

This novel was provided by the author for review purposes.

Priscilla C. Johnson
APOOO BookClub
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two years ago, a strange cat like creature saved the life of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer Kalina Harper from an assault. Confused by what happened, she still dreams of this beast, but has never told anyone about what she saw.

Her boss assigns Kalina to go undercover at Reynolds & Delgado law firm seeking connections between partner attorney Roman Reynolds and a South American drug cartel as he sends plenty of money to South America. Like all the women in the office, Kalina is attracted to Rome, but is unaware that as a jaguar he saved her life two years ago. However, his concern is with whom murdered Senator Mark Baines and his daughter three weeks ago as Rogues apparently have moved into his Faction as they have in the other zones too. Though he knows he must ignore Kalina to focus on the Rogues, Rome finds he cannot ignore her as he begins to believe she is his mate.

The first Shadow Shifters romantic urban fantasy is an exciting thriller as readers will feel the Arthurian paranormal DC world is genuine. Fast-paced with a courageous heroine struggling to accept what she is learning and a strong leader unsure whether to tell her the truth that residing amidst purebred humans are shifters.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
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OMG!!!! first of let me say i love to read i have over 500 books by alot of different romance author's and plenty by Mrs.A.C. Arthur i luv her writting i wasnt gonna buy this book at first dnt knw why jus wasn't feelin it but something jus told me to buy and have an open mind about it b/c it was so different from her pervious book i bought this book last night March 29 and i finished it March 30 it didnt take long at all i jus couldnt put it but n e who i loved everything about this book an the human/animal changes was awesome never done b4 an the first to do it knocked it out of the park by far one of my favorite can't wait til the other books come out!!!! O yea the love/sex sences were sooooo DAMN HOT i had to check myself *wink* but anyway GREAT READ GREAT JOB MRS.ARTHUR!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toni Campbell on July 1, 2012
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Having been spoiled by Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due, I get a little skeptical when choosing to read new supernatural or science fiction books. Especially when they are also part of the romance genre. The recently passed authors L.A. Banks and Monica Jackson were masters at this subject. Because I've read most of A.C. Arthur's romances, I was interested to see what she had in store with Temptation Rising and I was not disappointed.

Kalina Harper is a police officer in Washington, DC who is dedicated to her job and mostly keeps to herself. She is plagued by dreams of the attack on her two years ago by a low level drug dealer. Someone (or something) came to her aid and pulled the man off of her. Kalina didn't get a good look at the man who saved her, but she can't shake the feeling of the presence of a beast as well. And were they one and the same.

Now Kalina has been assigned an undercover position as an accountant at the law firm of Reynolds & Delgado to determine if they are linked to a South American drug organization. Her new boss, Roman Reynolds, is a great lawyer, but he is also a shapeshifting jaguar who will finally answer the questions of what happened to her that night.

This first entry into the Shadow Shifters series was quite interesting and enjoyable. In addition to witnessing the growing attraction between Kalina and Roman (very steamy), we are also shown the history of the Shifters and the infighting that is threatening their existence. It's standard in stories like this to show the power struggles that happen when humans are given special powers. There is always a faction that wants to use it to help the world and another that wants to rule it. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the forthcoming books in the series.
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