The Zrakon's Bride: Shifters of Scotland Paperback – July 19, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989307085
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989307086
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.51 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Linda Barlow (July 19, 2014)
- Language: : English
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Nicely done, Ms. Barlow. I'd LOVE to see a follow-up story with Ross' twin brother, Cam, and have Ross and Kate worked into the story so we can see how they are doing.
I honestly wouldn't have considered mixing shifters and highlander romance before this, but after reading The Zrakon's Bride, I feel like maybe they're a natural fit sometimes. The story does a great job of mixing a slight historical tone (though the story setting is contemporary) with some really great Scottish feeling to it, and an interesting twist to the shifter romance genre, too. All in all, everything combines together in a really interesting and exciting way.
The romance is just wonderful, too! Kate's kind of one of those "too curious for her own good" sorts, and Ross is the type of man who likes his privacy. Put them together and... it's not a good match at first, haha. It's fun, though. They have some really witty and interesting dialogue right from the start. It's a quick back and forth sort of thing that makes you want to keep reading. They're a beautiful contradiction to each other.
It goes on from there, too. Kate should probably not force herself into situations that she shouldn't be around in the first place, but... that's not really going to stop her. And as much as Ross wants to keep her out and figure out his own place in this, that's... not going to work so well, either.
It's just a great story, though. Really exciting and intense. I liked that there's a lot of tones of historical highlander romance, but that the setting is contemporary, too. It was kind of like a really neat little throwback in a way? It was definitely fun to read.
I loved Kate and Ross's coming together, too. It's kind of unnaturally natural, almost? Feels wrong at first, but... no, it's very right.
If you want something different and unique, but with a lot of the same feel of your favorite romance genres all tied together, I'd definitely suggest this one. It's a wonderful book!
That was my biggest complaint about the book was that there was too much sex. That said, if I could write sex scenes like Ms. Barlow does I would probably pack them in there, too. I mean there is hot and then there is the point where you can’t read the book in a public place. This book falls into the latter as long as you are into a little kink.
My second complaint was that Kate’s character just didn’t follow through. She starts out as an independent soul, but she falls in love with Ross in the time it takes to snap your fingers. I would have seen some deeper emotional build up with these two, but truthfully it didn’t surprise me that there wasn’t and it doesn’t really hurt the story. One of the quirks of shifter novels tends to be an animal attraction that becomes love at first site, so it’s understandable.
The creativity of the book should net it four stars all by itself. Kudos to Ms. Barlow for thinking outside of the box. It’s not every day you come across a book with not-so-virginal sacrifices, dragons that swim, and mind readers all wrapped into one. She basically took an old tale and flipped it on its head. Let’s all be honest. Any shifter romance you pick up basically has the same storyline, but very few of them start with human sacrifice to a sea dragon.
I don’t know if it’s good enough for me to read a second time, but it was a pretty good book.. Never let one of my reviews make your decision on buying a book, but if you like shifter romances odds are you might like this one.
Ross Malloch is a shape shifter. His Zrakon comes out to play once a year and it's the worst day to have a stranger in town. Doing everything he can to get rid of her.
The sparks between these two was evident from the beginning. Neither of them being able to explain the attraction that just gets stronger the longer they are together. Kate had such an endearing quality to her. Even with everything that was thrown at her during this book she remained strong and true to herself. Ross was a contradiction between himself and his Zrakon self. One and the same and yet not.
I really enjoyed the different twists and plots along with the fresh take on shifters. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Scottish highlander stories I've come across are normally historical so to reading a contemporary highlander romance was interesting and refreshing. While this book does take some of the aspects of that genre, it with the paranormal world of shapeshifters, and brings it all into the contemporary world. A very cool change.
If you like beauty and the beast fantasies, you'll love this.