Hi and welcome to your Wednesday fix of Shapeshifter Seductions! Wow, what a week this has been so far. Yesterday, I had two important releases: my e-novella, ‘The Hawk’s Bride’, was released by Siren-BookStrand and my youngest son was released from the hospital. (The poor monkey had appendicitis.) I will be reviewing ‘Cold Moon Rising’ by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. And last but not least, in honor of Ahmad finding a mate, I have a bit of unusual reading for you this week in the form of a woman who claims to have lived with a reptilian shape shifter crocodile.
First off, I present ‘Cold Moon Rising’:
Tony Giodone and his mate, Sue, have had an interesting couple of years as they learn how to live within a Sazi wolf pack and how to live in a human-wolf mixed marriage. Things get a bit complicated though, when Sue develops what looks like an allergy to their mate bond- apparently because of Tony’s Sazi magic. Sue shuts down the mate bond on Tony, leaving him pining, as she tries to figure out what’s going on and how to get around it. Mean while, Tony finds himself being sucked into the mind- present tense- of Ahmad, the nasty if not out-right evil, leader of the Sazi snakes.
Ahmad is worried, though he’s not willing to let anyone know it. He’d killed his own father and taken a good bit of the ancient scourge’s power, but he knows his father would never set a plan into motion that had such an obvious flaw as his death. He invites himself along on a mission to follow up on a lead Tony and Will Kerche, the eagle shifting Texas ranger, are working. He is rewarded for his paranoia when the group stumbles on Nasil and Tuli, two of his father’s most trusted henchmen. If only he knew what side the lovely Tuli was on, because he was definitely remembering the heat the two of them had shared as very young shifters in ancient Egypt. And he really wished that damn wolf would get out of his head…
This book is written partial in first person from Tony’s point-of-view and partially in third person while we follow Ahmad around. Despite it sounding odd, that actually works quite well. We get to see Tony and Sue move from an odd human-wolf mate pairing into a mature, functional married couple and kick-ass team. We also get to see Ahmad, what really makes him tick. Like Jack, the serial killing panther, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. While the “main” romance for this book is Ahmad and Tuli, it wasn’t very engrossing. That’s fine by me since the further development of Tony ans Sue’s romance was very satisfying.
And, since I am not going to go into the big-picture story arch, I will leave the review, instead, with a tribute to Ahmad and Tuli’s unusual mate pairing. Here we have a nice story about Jeanette, who lived with a shape-shifting alligator named Jeff for four-teen years. Apparently the way you keep them from eating you in your sleep or mesmerizing you with mind control is by keeping a hammer with you at all times. This is a series of e-mails and if you can get past the first one of two, it’s highly entertaining and packed full of details of her life with the reptilian housemate.
Murdering Masonic Reptilian Shape-Shifters
And with that, I will bid you adieux till next week.
Rebecca L. Gillan