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Friday, April 15, 2011

Department 57: Griffin’s Treasure by Lynne Connolly

Department 57: Griffin’s Treasure by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (157 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

International soccer star Josh Friedland has a secret. He's a griffin shapeshifter, and a covert operative for Department 57. Josh's brother Laurie is missing, and Josh is sure businessman George Skeffington is involved. So he definitely can't trust Skeffington's stepdaughter, Chana Rafiz, even though he wants her with every fiber of his being.

When her controlling stepfather asks Chana to look after his guest, she suspects another trick to keep her by his side; only she finds that Josh is the man she's been waiting for all her life. Long, hot Californian nights see their bodies twined in more inventive positions than Chana even knew existed, but when she finally discovers his secret, she uncovers another. One about herself that'd been kept from her her whole life.

Together, Josh and Chana have to face dangers only Department 57 can help them with, but they plunge the whole Department into peril. If the Department is to endure, and Laurie is to be found, Josh and Chana must defeat the longest odds to succeed in their mission.

One thing the Department 57 series is known for is its mythical creatures. Griffins are creatures I do not know much about, which made me want to read this story even more. Now that I have read this story I would love to know where I can get my own griffin shifter like Josh.

Chana's life has been full of mystery and deceit. Her background really drew me into her character because, I got unravel these mysteries with her. From her mother’s death, to illness to an adult life under the thumb of her controlling stepfather, Chana’s experiences made her the bright, bold woman she has become. While her life may have been in turmoil her spirit sun through all of the chaos and drew everyone to her including Josh.

Josh’s personality is electrifying. He has an easy breezy attitude on the surface, but underneath is a man most do not expect. He is a caring compassionate warrior who will protect those around him with everything he has. You see this displayed in the way he meticulously looks for his brother, and also the way he protects Chana at all costs. To top it off he is sexy, athletic and just happens to shift into a creature only found in fables.

I have previously read several other Department 57 stories, and at this point in the series I am getting a bit confused on the storyline and characters. I felt like I was trying to remember whether I previously meet characters or if they were new, and how did they fit into the overall series. I think it would help to have fewer new characters in each story and maybe just stick to a few reoccurring characters and develop relationships for them. Then we readers would have a sense of familiarity with them.

The storyline in this story was one that engrossed me from beginning to end. Both characters have great background stories that help lead into their joint excursion, which really pulls a reader in. The subplots also added more depth along with twists and turns. The antagonistic conflict was one of the best I have read in a while and left me wanting more.

Now that I have read this story, I love Griffin shifters. You should grab a copy yourself and see why.

1 comment:

Lynne Connolly said...

thanks for a great review!
I try to make each book standalone, so that if you've met a character before, he or she is reintroduced.
I do have a "cheat sheet" on the series on my website, but not all the characters, just the recurring ones like Cristos. Maybe I should put them up!
I did try to use the same characters in the "Crystal" series, but sales dropped, so I reverted to the stand alones. I might go back to the group approach, deal with a small group of agents at a time, but not do an overall story arc, which is what readers didn't seem to like.
Dealing with a long-running series like Dept 57 can be a bit of a problem, so I try to just make each book a standalone set in the same universe.