Passion melts the will of an ice-cold criminal when he meets the one woman who can tame the beast inside him.
With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.
Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.
I love shifter books. So, despite that fact that this is the 9th book in this series, I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the other book I've read by this author and it, too, was a book I picked up mid-series. I wasn't disappointed.
It was clear that there is a lot going on in this series but the parts I needed to understand to get this story were very clear. It's a complex world with shifter that are just a little different than other shifter books I've read. The human side and the animal side of these shifter are very much separate and they have a relationship with each other. Most shifter books I've read are either a combined version of the human and animal or not really a part of each other. So that aspect was interesting to me. And it was Evangeline's cat that made things very interesting.
An absorbing world where shifters living among humans and are big part of the crime circuit. These shifters grew up hard and while they were certainly not good, they were trying to make things better. They killed in the name of keeping illegal guns from leaving the country to add to someones war. I actually like those kinds of bad guys.
The characters are certainly interesting. Evangeline grew up in a way that I can't even begin to wrap my head around. Her cat kept her sane and alive. And then you have Alonzo. His upbringing was horrifying to say the very least and the effect on his cat was brutal. He gets no peace from him unless he is with Evangeline. I find them both endearing and I certainly cheered for them.
The writing style used in this book is not one of my favorites. It's written in third person and I often struggle with that type of writing as it's hard to make those connections with the characters. However, this author does a good job of working each main characters point of view into the novel so that I did feel connected. It's not my favorite but it was effective here.
The story started with a very interesting relationship developing between Evangeline and Alonzo. Months go by as they see each other without even talking to each other much but the relationship is there. And it's a strong one. I wondered what each new visit would add to things. And when the book burst out of this relationship, I was hanging on trying to keep up. It was a different kind of scheme that I really enjoyed.
This book has a rich world that can spawn lots of great stories, complete characters that I cared about and a story that I enjoyed. If shifters are your thing, then check this author out.