shifter romance

B
The Dream Thief

It's a given, for me, that any book Shana Abe creates will be a beautifully written, lyrical story that captures all your senses. She could probably turn my grocery list into some type of poetry. But is that enough? No. If there isn't enough plot and character dimension, all the lush descriptions wo ...

C+
Broken

Although I have enjoyed the previous books in the Women of the Otherworld series, this one was definitely not my favorite. It was nice to see Elena and Clay featured again, but I felt that they spent most of the book running in circles, chasing their tails (pun intended). For those that arenâ ...

A
Unleash the Night

In Kenyon’s Dark Hunter novels, there are two kinds of were-animals: the Katagaria, who are animals able to take human form at puberty, and the Arcadians, who are able to take animal form at puberty. An ancient curse has pitted these two sides against each other for centuries. There are a few area ...

B
A Taste of Crimson

What a difference a book makes. Ms. Liu’s debut book Tiger Eye was a bit of a disappointment. Though many loved the shape-shifter/X-Men plotting, what I came away with was more akin to frustration than anything else. The imaginative storyline was appealing (indeed, it motivated me to read this sop ...

C-
The Ravencliff Bride

I've never read a shapeshifter romance before. It's not generally something that appeals to me, but I was drawn in by the gothic feel of this book. It comes complete with a spooky old house, a dark and mysterious lord, and servants who border on squirrelly. Admittedly, it's cheesy, and that's what I ...

B+
Stolen Magic

With this novel, Mary Jo Putney's Guardian series gets a makeover. The books will no longer be a part of Ballantine's Romance wing, but moves to the publishing house's SF/Fantasy adjunct, Del Rey, and Mary Jo Putney becomes M. J. Putney. While the fantasy elements in the series merit the move, rest ...

C+
Derik's Bane

If you asked who the breakout star of 2004 was for me, I'd say MaryJanice Davidson. And if you asked me which book was the biggest disappointment, I'd tell you it was Derik's Bane. When I read Undead and Unwed I raved. The book was funny and witty and fresh. Same went, to a slightly lesser extent, f ...

B-
Blue Moon

Readers who enjoyed Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series before Anita turned into a complete ego/nymphomanic will probably enjoy Blue Moon, the first in a new paranormal series by Lori Handeland. This story is a lot less bloody, but the cynical, wisecracking heroine will seem familiar. Jessie ...

C
The Courier

The Courier is a paranormal romance that starts out with an absurd, confusing plotline and one dimensional characters. By the end of the book neither of these problems really resolves. Yet, as flat as the characters were and as puzzling as the plotline seemed to be, the fast pace and bizarre story w ...

A-
Wild Rain

Christine Feehan has done it again. I love her Carpathian series (although I freely admit some of the books are better than others), but I'm head over heels for her new characters, people who can shapeshift into leopards. Rachael Lospostos is running for her life. She hopes that by fleeing deep i ...