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Friday, October 15, 2010

Emotion in Motion by Lynne Connolly

Emotion in Motion (Department 57 Series) by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Violence
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Before he became a jaguar shape-shifter and STORM agent, Jack Hargreaves was a librarian and archivist. Almost a geek. Working undercover in Oxford, England, Jack can almost believe he dreamed the last few years when his life turned around.

Except for sexy shape-shifter Shere, an Egyptian goddess with eyes of melting seduction and a body built for sin. And old friends who turn out not so friendly after all.

Shere already has a colleague—and lover—in Oliver, English lord, STORM agent and vampire. But when she sees Jack, all bets are off. She wants him badly, but she wants Oliver too. Can she have both?

What should be a routine operation rapidly goes bad, and Jack, Shere and Oliver, together with Chase Maynord, face danger that threatens them all and could blow the operation wide open. Along with their bodies, hearts and minds. Could Jack’s first field operation become his last?

You have to rub more than Shere’s ears to make her purr and even then it takes a special someone. Jack is a quick learner and Oliver has been known to make her purr a time or two. With both these men lavishing attention on her she is rubbing against everything looking for attention.

I fell in love with Jack's innocence and spice for life. He has a way of making you enjoy his company even as a reader. At points I almost felt as if he was sitting in the room joking with me. Jack has experienced so much heartache and rejection it is amazing he has maintained the purity of his personality and hasn’t become bitter. It speaks greatly of the author’s ability to paint a great character and how strong this character must have been in her mind to cause me to love him as much as she did.

While Jack may have been my favorite character it does not mean that the other characters weren’t intriguing. From the main to the most minor, all of these characters made their portion of the story special and solely theirs. If you lover supernaturals with strong personalities this is the story for you. With shifters, vampires, sorcerers and a few other questionable characters, this story oozed paranormal excellence. It is not lacking in alpha males which for me was just the icing on the cake. So no matter what your taste, this story will have character for everyone so go ahead take a lick.

Although this plot follows the series plot it also has its own storyline so you will be able to enjoy this story if you have not read any of the others. Jack and Shere unquestionably make this story their own. You never know, you may want to go back and read the other stories. If you have read the previous stories you will feel right at home with this one and even see a few previous characters you may have enjoyed.

The conflicts in this story are epic. The reason Jack and Shere find their way together is because they are both investigating the same man. Seems the US and the UK both want to get a piece of Mickey, our antagonist. As if this conflict isn’t enough a previous lover/partner of Shere’s shows up. With various twist and turns the conflict will keep you wanting more until the very end.

So let’s to down the check list: Great characters? Check.  Exciting plot? Check. A must read story? Double check.

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