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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick

Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (60 pages)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one thing you need.

The last of his kind…

Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…

Dana has walked away from all she has known, her fiancĂ©, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she was looking for.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.

Sometimes it just takes an alpha were-tiger to help you figure out what you want in life. So where do you find one? At the Wiccan Haus, of course. Just don’t expect him to greet you with open arms.

Rekkus is the last black were-tiger, and he’s sworn off long term relationships. A terrible tragedy in his past left him the lone survivor of his kind. But try as he might, he can’t run from fate. She’s showed up on his secluded island with a boat-load of heartache, a terrible knack for losing her grandmother’s watch, and a pent up passion just begging for release. Rekkus has no doubt he’s just the tiger to tackle Dana’s neglected intimacy issues, but is he willing to accept the whole kit and caboodle that comes with it?

Dana just left the love of her life standing at the altar. Last minute cold feet? Apparently not, since her groom seemed to share the same ailment. Though their parting was mutual, it still left her grieving for what should have been. Her best friend has dragged her to some crazy island where sex is the driving focus and all she wants to do is crawl in bed and let her depression take over. But the staff of the Wiccan Haus have other ideas for both Dana and Rekkus. Like it or not, their destinies are intertwined. If Rekkus is willing to let go of the past and Dana is willing to trust in her heart, together, they might just discover the power of love.

Ms. Eastwick does a wonderful job of bringing two characters from completely different backgrounds together into an explosive climax—both sexual and emotional. Poor Dana is thrust into a world of creatures that she never knew existed, only to discover that there’s been a bit of magic in her life for many years. Rekkus is a brooding, alpha male determined to fight commitment tooth and claw, until he finally gives in, then he’s willing to jump in with both feet. The reader gets to see him go from an “in charge” kind of guy, to submissive to Dana’s needs, wants, and wishes. It’s a nice change. View point, grammar, and punctuation are handled very well. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would likely read it again.

Take one tough tiger shifter; a timid, less-than-perfect female; a handful of paranormal misfits, add a little bit of magic, and you get a scrupulously entertaining story filled with witty humor, primal attraction, and some good old fashioned romance. Grab a copy of Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick, you won’t be disappointed.

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