Author: Patricia Rosemoor
Blurb: Luc Lazare doesn’t need more complications in his life. And Skye Cross, the intriguing woman able to communicate with animals, is the last thing he wants. Too bad his body disagrees. But he’s trying to save his shapeshifting family from being forced into the battle arena, and that means protecting the shifters responsible for stealing Skye’s brother’s soul. Even as she demands his help, he’ll have to resist the pull of temptation. Skye’s most recent animal rescue assignment involves saving canines involved in primal battles. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers unsettle but intrigue her. Luc lures her into a dark encounter, and realizes that the animals engaging in these battles aren’t dogs at all, they’re wild predators. Skye finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust. In a world where everything–and nothing–is as it seems, can Luc and Skye find a way to overcome the odds that are destined to keep them apart?
Thoughts: This title never really seemed to find its footing with me. There never seemed to be quite enough romance, never quite enough suspense, just never quite enough to anything – there seemed to be a whole lot going on, yet it was all over the map, which made it really hard to decide where the author was trying to go with it. I felt disconnected from not only the story, but the characters as well. In one set of characters, we have more of a background and insight into their relationship, but a distinct lack of emotion – in another, we have all the emotion, but a lack of background and insight. Same thing goes for the flow of the story – interesting and intriguing one moment, repetitive the next.
Basically, this one is very inconsistent. While the idea behind it was a good one, and I was eager to read it, I could never quite decide where it was going and what angle the author was trying to take. My feelings fall in line with my premise that it is inconsistent – parts of it I loved, and parts of it just didn’t hit their mark. The good was good and the bad was bad, so my decision is going to put it right in middle ground territory at a solid C.