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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shifting Heat by Lynne Connolly

Shifting Heat by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (135 pages)
Other: M/F, Violence
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Andros was a severely disabled geek working for STORM but now he’s a powerful shape-shifting dragon. Still a geek though. Meeting Faye when they’re sharing the same air space is a bit of a shock they quickly overcome in a convenient hotel room. Hot, fast, rampant sex is just what Andros needs. Tangling with Faye between the sheets, against her desk, pretty much anywhere he can have her takes energy Andros now has in abundance. But he won’t let his emotions follow.

Faye never met anyone in her long life as exciting as Andros. But he works for STORM, Faye’s enemy. She’s never had anyone so young, either. But she can’t resist his strength, his determination—or his ripped body. Together they must hunt down a mutual enemy, but to defeat him they have to come to terms with what they are, were and will become.

Andros spent his whole life fighting an illness, just to go back to being disabled, but Andros is willing to do anything to save Faye, the woman he has fallen for. The dedication Andros displays in this story is astounding. Anyone who has read previous stories will recognize Andros, but in this story, he is definitely new and improved. It really displayed who he is other than the disabled little brother of Ania.

Faye’s character was one I absolutely adored even if I am a bit puzzled by her. At some moments in the story, I had to wonder how she did not see the obvious. She was an extremely intelligent woman, but her emotions really clouded her judgment at times. I am not sure if that was a quality that the author intended to have, or if it just happened. With that said, Faye had an inner strength that would challenge the most alpha male within any story. One of her strongest attributes was to realize when she is wrong and to tried her best to correct her mistakes. She is a female all of us could relate to, in one way or another, and wants to be like in other ways.

This series has always captivated me with its conflicts. Author Lynne Connolly has always had a way of making the antagonistic conflict evident on one aspect and yet completely obscure in other ways. It's a quality that has always really intrigued me and I find it adds a depth to the story. This book continues that tradition and once again it absolutely amazed me. The twist she incorporated was absolutely puzzling and exciting and kept me interested.

At the end of this story, I found myself wanting more. This is a quality that keeps an author in business and anyone who reads this story will be happy to keep Author Lynne Connolly in business for a long time.

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