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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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
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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
on March 31, 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 dwn...lol 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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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If the first installment of the Shadow Shifters Series--Temptation Rising--is any indication, then paranormal romance readers have a dynamic new series to follow! AC Arthur has done an amazing job building a world of cat shape shifters that is just as vibrant and lush as the Brazilian rain forest they call home. The world building is multi-layered and top notch. The action is nicely paced and will have readers turning the pages as quickly as they can in order to see what Ms. Arthur will throw at them next. The love scenes are steaming HOT! And this new series will have readers hooked from page one. Roman is an amazing hero with enough swagger to lend some out and still have plenty left. He owns every scene he is in! Kalina is a heroine that most readers will be able to empathize with. And when it comes down to it she more than holds her own when tested. Temptation Rising is a nice blend of heat, edge of your seat suspense, drama, passion and the paranormal. The Shadow Shifters series is filled with a cast of multiracial, multi-specied characters that readers are going to want to know a whole lot more about. I hope Ms. Arthur is busy typing away, because I can't wait for the next installment! Outstanding! Bravo, Ms. Arthur!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Believe me, I love the sex/romance in all my books! This one just seems implausible from the start..you're working in an office, newly hired..go into bosses office and after a few minutes he whips his stuff out. Alittle much even for a "shifter". There is a good plot and action, interesting characters...graphic sex repeatly, unnecessary, deters from story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
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I have to say when I heard about the paranormal that AC was writing I was a little uncomfortable only because I normally does read paranormal, but my curiosity got the best of me especially when I found out that they shape shift into Jaguar. My high school mascot is a Jaguar and my dream car is a Jaguar so I figure it was fate that I read the book and so glad that I did.

This book was so good I tell from the time you pick it up you will not be able to put it down.

While working under cover two years ago Kalina Harper was being attack and out of no where this fierce cat like creature heard her scream and cry for help. After two year Kalina is still confused as to why she is stilling having dream of the creature.

Kalina Harper has been assign to work undercover again but this time it is a the law office of Reynolds & Delgado, her primary goal is to find a connection between Roman Reynolds and South American drug cartel. The murder of Senate Mark Banes and his daughter is own everybody minds including Rome and his partner Nick, because of the way they was murder and they suspect that Rogues is the one that killed Banes & his daughter. Rome main focus is to stop him but he become distracted when he met Kalina Harper, although once he met her he remember her from the attack two years ago.

There is instance attraction between these two and it is so HOT. I recommend this book and I promise you will enjoy it. Loving making between these two is HOT HOT HOT.

SMOOCHES
Louise
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2012
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This book was my second ever sci-fi fantasy romance read and I must say A.C. Arthur did a great job at it! This was my first read by this author so I didn't have any expectations. But, lo' and behold, I couldn't put the book down! The story plot was really interesting and the imagery was well written. It feels like you are actually in the heart of the city and with these characters. I love Sci-Fi as a genre anyway and was pleasantly surprised by how it manifested within this book. I'm really intrigued to have african american characters to relate to in this genre. It's really refreshing! I couldn't understand how the Jaguar shifting aspect would work into a love story, but the author does a great job at fusing this idea into an urban romance that makes it believable and not cheesy. I adored the characters and their chemistry. If you like hot romance and steamy love scenes, this book has it on point! But, it's not overly done. It's romantic and touching. I can't wait for the sequel!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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A.C. Arthur's first book in the Shadow Shifters series is edgy and fascinating. She paints an energizing world of shape-shifting jaguars, and their battle to maintain a peaceful co-existence with humans. Arthur skillfully builds characters - introducing readers to Roman and his associates who function as humans, keeping their society and shape-shifting abilities secret. The colorful alpha males are a enticing blend of masculinity and seductive prowess with a very protective nature towards women. The pace is fast, the dialogue is snappy, and unknown motives are revealed as necessary without detracting from the hero and heroine's tangled relationship. The sexual chemistry between the couple sizzles from the start, and the sex scenes/dreams are steamy and imaginative, but both are strong individuals who have a difficult time giving themselves emotionally. I am hoping that this will be a long series, and eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
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I must say this book was the best sci book I read in a long time. A.C Arthur did a excellent job keeping the pace of the book interesting. It was an enjoyable read from beginning to the end. I can't wait for the next installment. I love the alpha male description of Roman in the book and how she captured his character. I like the fact that the female was just as strong as her mate.

Keep up the good work Ms Arthur. I would recommend this title to other avid romance readers.
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