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The world is built well, there is mystery, intrigue and even humor, you become attached to the characters and care about them. The dialogue was great. What really was wonderful for me was the way this was written in such a way that it felt true to life, like this is real life as we know it today in our own world, just hidden away. This didn’t feel fantastical and over the top. For the first half of the book in fact the shifting aspect seemed rather downplayed. This was smart in that it enabled me to get into the story easily and believe what was happening so when the shifting started to come center stage I digested it with ease and grace. Not to mention by this time I loved the characters.
The characters are top notch, main and side ones. I loved Jena who is tough, independent and strong. She has her hang ups of course but that had to the tension of the story. You know it is going to happen, but you just don’t know when Jena is going to give in to what she deserves, wants, and needs.
Then there is Caleb. To say that I loved him is an understatement. Here we have a good guy, a really good guy who oozes sex appeal, has a brain, has patiences and loves kids. Everything about him screamed love him. Yes he has some issues from his past too, but those issues brought him to Cambio Springs and of course Jena gets to help him see those past acts don’t define him. But the interaction between the too had me smiling like a goof more often than not.
Another great thing about this book? The characters are all older, early to mid 30s and Jena even has two kids. For the more “mature” reader who has gotten sucked into the vortex that is New Adult, or heck even some Contemporary where the women magically have no real past it was refreshing. It can be hard as a 30 something reader with a family to visualize myself in the role of a lead who is still in college. Well, maybe not really hard, but it can be disheartening as it sometimes leaves this lingering feeling behind of “I can’t go back in time” it reminds you of your age and that that time in your life has past and that can be a bit depressing. Not with this book, this book let me live it as I read it in my now. That is something that everyone needs from time to time. It also meant the characters acted more mature and you didn’t want to bash in their pretty nubile stupid heads for saying and doing moronic things.
If you love paranormal I suggest it, if you aren’t a fan of shifting books, or think your not I suggest giving this one a try because I think it will change your mind.
P.S. If you haven’t read Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries Series. . . I freaking dare you too. One of my favs.
I will try to review without spoilers, because I hate reading along and then all of a sudden BAM spoiler and I get mad. So no spoilers here. And I may be biased, because I just discovered Elizabeth Hunter with her Beatrice/Giovanni series and I'm totally in love with her writing style. So there is a certain measure of bias for her as an author *disclaimer*
I didn't know if it was possible to love a Hunter series more than Elemental, but Cambrio Springs is that for me. I love that it seems more "modern", and that it's set in the deserts of California (one of my favorite places...) and that it embraces Native leanings. I love the characters, I love Hunter's descriptive writing style, I love the love story without being over the top graphic (like JR Ward, although I do love me some JR Ward!!) - I just finished book two of Bea/Gio's story, so I don't know if the love scenes change there, but I did enjoy that aspect of Cambio Springs more than Elemental. They seemed more real, more connected to the characters, more urgent, than Bea/Gio.
I also love that Hunter is self-published - it makes me want to support her!! I would just be rambling if I were to continue at this point, so I will stop and let my 5 stars speak for me. Fun, interesting, modern paranormal romance book that isn't over the top or incredibly unbelievable, and the author is self-published which I think is great.
I will gladly be purchasing every title by Elizabeth Hunter. I will gladly read each one as quickly as I possibly can while sacrificing my housework and sleep, and then I will sit on my hands so I don't check her website like a freak, waiting for tidbits about her next release dates. Now excuse me - I have to go check her website to confirm when Cambio Springs book two comes out...
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