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- Print Length: 373 pages
- Publisher: BUOY MEDIA LLC; 3 edition (September 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009B0U6SQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is full of loss. Dr.Chris, for all his many things and money, is married to the wrong woman and they both know it. She doesn't want to give up her nice things, so she's become an alcoholic. Their son is a joy, but only interacts with his father and nanny. When Chris starts changing into a jaguar at night, it's yet another thing he can't share with his wife.
His old childhood/teen friend Aiyana, who also could turn into a jaguar, had to make an arranged marriage to try to keep those changeling bloodlines going. Since Aiyana bit Chris more than 10 years ago while saving his life, it must have taken that long for the changeling blood to build up. In the meantime, Aiyana's husband is cruel and abusive to her. She fears for her daughter, who has cataracts.
Aiyana comes to Chris asking for surgery on her daughter's cataracts. Her husband can't afford it and he won't take any charity, so he says she can't have it. This is Chris' specialty and it is not a problem for him. His son, William and her daughter, Luyu, make an instant connection, best friends. Aiyana is terrified of her husband, but more concerned about her child.
Chris' wife becomes very sick and gets diagnosed with AIDS. After locking herself in her room and staying drunk for a week, she packs up and leaves, telling Chris to tell everyone that she's already dead. She won't say goodbye to William or her parents, and she won't say where she's going. When Chris gets tested, his blood has these weird purple blood cells that act like super white cells and kill all invaders- everything from the common cold to HIV, which explains why he didn't get the virus from her. Chris wonders if he could cure her, but Aiyana's mother warns him that most people just get big blood clots and die from those. Also, if miraculous cures occurred, what would happen to the species that provided those miracles?
When Aiyana doesn't appear for their nightly run in the swamps, Chris's jaguar checks her house and finds her imprisoned in a dog cage in which she cannot even stand up, secured all around with barbed wire. She's cut and bloody and has obviously been beaten. More worrisome to her is that Luyu is missing. Chris starts a detective looking for Luyu but gets his best info when William says she's telling him in his head where she is, and they find her locked up in a storage compartment on a boat. At her house, Aiyana broke out, chewed through the barbed wire, and mauled her husband to get out. It must have gotten a little loud, because law enforcement got involved and they tranquilized the jaguar on the roof. Then they looked closely at what shape the jaguar was in and what it had been kept in and her husband will be facing some animal cruelty charges when he gets out of the hospital. Unfortunately, they took the jaguar to the zoo, so Chris had to arrange a zoo rescue and took Aiyana to his house, reuniting her with her daughter and her family.
In a last minute effort to save her, Chris found his wife, staying with the man she really loves, and bit her in his jaguar form just as she was almost dying, and she woke up the next morning.....
I just don't know how to resolve all those things happily (well I do, but let's remember they have children).The overall feeling was downer, " our marriages suck", "we're married to the wrong people", "how did we get to this point where we're subjected to emotional blackmail",I want to be with you so much", blah blah blah......Aiyana supposedly comes from this magical, happy family. How did they let her get where she got? Especially if they can mindspeak? Grow up, man up. Solve your problems. We'll see how book three goes.
Heat factor moderate.
Once I started I couldn't stop reading. the only reason I'm giving this 4stars is because Christian insists he loves his wife (as a full fledged wife with sex and happy families) while he runs wild at night, is deeply in love with another woman and has sex with this other woman. The times he says to his wife that he loves her seemed hollow and made him out to be a jerk. But only in those instances. Again, what man tells his wife he loves her, has sex with her but dreams about another woman and goes off to be with her at night, in his dreams and in his heart.
This disturbing part of his character didn't stop my enjoyment of the story. I just had a fleeting thought, of what a jerk, but Christian wasn't a jerk anywhere else so I think it would've been better to have him admit that he didn't love his wife. You don't sleep around on the woman you supposedly "love".
I'm glad I read this story.
The plot is fairly simple and the action moves forward fairly swiftly. There was an element of mystery and a bit of detective element that helped keep me engaged. It was a fast read, but I was not eager for more and will probably not venture into the series.
The writer's style is journalistic and clipped enough to have kept me reading. There was just enough detail to get a sense of the surroundings and context of the story. That worked for me because it made the story a "visual" one - sort of like a TV drama.
The cover of the book targets females as does the name of the author. However the writing was clever and well done enough so that the perspective of the main character - a male- was believable.
But Aiyana's prophecy their paths will cross again comes true. The whole relationship thing is left up in the air at the conclusion of this one. The buildup of the story promises to be an explosive ending in the next volume. I can hardly wait. As with the first volume, I highly recommend this.
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Willow Rose earned a place on my list of to-be-remembered authors.