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Dangerous Shift (Shifters of San Laura Book 1) by [James, Jill]
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Finalist - 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award

Dangerous Shift was a new look at shifters, a world I wouldn't mind reading more of.    
      -- Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

About the Author

Jill James didn't start out wanting to be an author. Along the way she wanted to be an astronaut, President of the United States, a lawyer, and a doctor. Once married with children she realized she could be all those things; in the pages of the stories she wrote. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is the inspiration for all her romance novel heroes. Jill writes contemporary and paranormal romance.

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  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RDPN72
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Very interesting and unique concept of shifters. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one. The author based the idea on Jurassic Park and the idea that while the scientists made all the dinosaurs female so that they could not reproduce, but nature adapted to fix that issue. These shifters have dominate and non-dominate personality and these personalities are of opposite genders. So if your dominate personality was female and so was your sisters, you would also be a brother and have a brother who were the opposite of your female counterpart. Okay, my explanation was totally confusing, even to me, but in the book it is clear and presented in a well thought out manner.

There is also the love story and the paranormal concept of one true love or mate, but that you could be happy with someone else. Just very intriguing ideas that I haven't seen in other shifter stories. Very well written and interesting story idea.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
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I thought this was a really great story. The author has created a world just like ours but that contains a breed of Shapeshifter. These are not you typical shifters. They do not turn into wolves, cats or other animals. Instead they commonly shift from a male to a female or otherwise alter their human looking appearance.

There is a crisis going on in their world though. Somehow shifters are being attacked by a virus. There is no rhyme or reason behind who get sick. But it does prove fatal to whoever is infected.

When Nikki comes to San Laura there is instant chemistry between her and Sean. However they are both strong willed characters. They each have their own strict beliefs that do not always agree. Many of their opinions are based on their past histories and environments. So it is interesting to watch how they have to learn to get along and respect each others beliefs. They have to learn to work together and be a team in order to help solve this growing crises.

The only real problem I had with the story was that I thought their relationship progressed at a good speed and level, until the point that they make the first move towards more. I just didn't quite get the place in the story and it wasn't clear why it was happening then and there. After that one part though it went back to a progression that made sense. The other thing that really got to me and I wont give details as to not spoil the story for anyone. I was just shocked towards the end with what happened that lead to their main breakthrough. I understand how it worked for the story and how it help the conclusion come about. But it was upsetting and I really was not happy emotionally.

This really was a great story. I am glad I got to try this author and am looking forward to reading more of her work. I also would like to have the chance to revisit this world in the future.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. James has created an interesting and original world where shifters are known to humans. Each shifter individual has the ability to shift into either male or female, although each shifter has a dominant sex or a preference. While humans and shifters rub along together, both sides of the fence are guilty of prejudices. I thought the world building and shifter aspect of the book was very well done and different from other shifter books I've read. It made for a fascinating read.

Lt. Sean Evans has lost his partner to the deadly toxin that is killing shifters and sending them to a terrible and painful death. When Nikki Hall arrives as his new partner, he's not very welcoming and they have a mutual dislike of each other. This gradually changes as the story advances and their relationship evolves to more. The aspect of true mates or Mari Kai comes into play, yet Nikki fights fate and her own prejudices before a happy ending.

I enjoyed the original world, and thought the plot worked well. My only quibble was the main characters since I didn't warm to the hero and heroine straight away. I felt they were a bit standoffish, especially the hero. While I understood his surly mood at the start, because of the loss of his friend and their lack of progress in finding the culprit, I never really connected with him.

For those who enjoy a shifter paranormal story, I think you'll enjoy the thought this author has put into making her world original and different.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of the paranormal who has read many shapeshifter stories it's difficult to find an author who can put a unique spin on a well-used theme. Jill James is that author, who with her release Dangerous Shift, has put a new spin on the tried and true shapeshifter myth. Her shapeshifters can morph into the opposite sex with each sex having their own personalities. For the characters in this story who are cops, this kind of change can be quite useful and plays a vital role in bringing the villain to justice.

Nikki, in her female form, is one tough cookie who needs no man to protect her. She can be flippant at times and jumps the gun before thinking but she's serious when the case gets deadlier and hits home. Her other half Nick is calm and full of zen and he's useful to have when Nikki needs a calming influence. She wasn't interested in relationships until she met Sean. He's the exact opposite of her but something clicks between them immediately and their first encounter binds them in an unexpected way that Nikki fights every step of the way. Not until heartache strikes her and her mortality closes in does she admit the truth about her feelings and I wanted to shake her silly for waiting so long.

Sean is a serious man who's been surrounded by death with the loss of his partner, friend, and relative. These losses weigh heavily on him, as does the truth of his lineage which when discovered by Nikki puts their relationship in jeopardy because of her prejudices. We don't really see his other half Shauna but a clever plan to trap the villain shows just how talented Sean is in shifting into other people. Sean is extremely loyal and devoted and won't let Nikki push him away no matter how hard she tries.
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