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From the Author
My heroes, of course, ARE the shapeshifters, so the idea is flipped on its head. I hope you will enjoy these new installments of the CHIMERA CHRONICLES and will come to love Connor and Tyler as much as I love Sam and Dean!
- Bk 1 IN LIKE A LION
- Bk 2 ENTITY MINE
- Bk 3 THE LION'S SHARE
- Bk 4 LION'S PREY
- Bk 5 THE DRAGON'S FLAME
- Bk 6 HER SEXY BEAST
- Publication Date : October 19, 2016
- File Size : 5415 KB
- Print Length : 254 pages
- Publisher : Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (October 19, 2016)
- ASIN : B01M10GXM3
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,935 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I had a hard time connecting with this book in the beginning. As the action and the story line continued, I found it became easier to move along with. I enjoyed the romantic tension and the great flow of action this book offered. I definitely plan to check out other books by this author to learn more about the other characters mentioned in this one. Reviewed by Rena
This book starts slowly, grounding us in reporter Zara Coventry—from a slice of her heritage to work woes and the long day she’s had covering the robbery. The next chapter flips over to Ty. When he protects Zara from danger, he’s sunk—she recognizes him, and his heart races. What’s an assumed bank-robber to do but take his likely mate hostage, then force her to drive him past a roadblock? He’s concerned whether his brother is alive; whether his foster brother Paul will be exonerated. The classic romantic ying-yang tension begins as he yearns for Zara, but fights against the life he’d lead her into.
Once Shah sends the characters into the snowstorm, the pace picks up. By chapter three, and the addition of Sheriff Charlie and her deputy, I was finally hooked. Shah adds the necessary complications to throw the characters together repeatedly, and works in the steamy dreams that connect the mates. That’ll melt the snow! I never knew when Zara, or Ty, would give in to their compulsion for that first, passionate tryst. Even when Zara knows Ty’s a chimera, she doesn’t know all that entails.
To sell the lost drug-plane storyline, Shah slips into three additional points of view. An opener with kids; the character charged with finding the plane; and a different character who’s thrown in at the end for one more twist. I don’t want to spoil the plotline, so I’ll say it reads more like Shah setting up a book for Zara than staying true to Lion’s Prey and what the Gunn brothers would do.
Likewise, a quick scene in the middle sets up for Kyle’s book (Shah’s goal for informally participating in NaNoWriMo is draft one of Dragon’s Flame, #5 in the series) but doesn’t contribute to the plot. Other points of view work since Ty’s brothers and their mates are back in the city of the bank robbery, trying to locate Ty. I enjoy the family dynamics, how the Mara brothers stick together. At the same time, I’m more invested in the main story. It’s a tough line to walk. It's always fun when the characters shift into their lion or dragon forms.
The first six chapters tend towards purple prose, with loads of adjectives and similes. The point of view slips from tight third-person to more distant, with filtering words like “could see” or “could smell” or “could hear” instead of active verbs grounding me. While that likely continued throughout the book, my reading speed picked up because that’s when I stopped taking my “book review” notes.
Shah works the sexual tension, that blush of first attraction, first kiss, fantasy. A scene in the middle lasts longer than I remembered in previous books, so that pushed my comfort level a tad.
Overall, I enjoyed the book because I enjoy the characters. At their core, they’re good people who want to do the right thing. They take chances for others. They feel “real.” Shah also has some fun plot twists I don’t want to spoil for readers. The ebook is available. Although I read this in the “advanced reader copy,” I still intend to purchase it when the paperback comes out in a few months.
This book is a direct sequel of Lion’s Share, book three in this series. [If you haven’t read it yet, I really recommend reading it first.] In Lion’s Share the brothers split up in the last chapter and are supposed to meet at the heroine’s home. It doesn’t happen. In Lion’s Prey we find out why, and what happened then…
You’ve got to love the Gunn brothers, they sure know how to show a girl a good time. Con, the hero of book three, meets his mate when he takes her hostage during a bank robbery – and she just happens to be an FBI agent no less. Ty, the hero of this book kidnaps the reporter covering the bank robbery/hostage situation – and she turns out to be HIS mate.
The storyline covers their escape including blizzard conditions, an ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ dragnet, drug dealers, magic users, and of course tons of soul searching while the hero and heroine find their way to each other.
I really like the whole chimera concept. I mean they’re capable of shapeshifting into a lion or shapeshifting into a dragon – how could you not love that? Wrap this all in an extremely hot alpha male with protective instincts and oh my! No make that triple ‘oh mys!’…
The Chimera Chronicles series
In Like a Lion
The Lion's Share
The Lion's Prey
There’s a teaser for the next book, The Dragon’s Flame, at the end and it sounds great as well.
An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.