HER PAST DESTROYED HER HEART, CAN SHE PUT IT BACK TOGETHER IN TIME?
Andrea McNelly's job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire's human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can't afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.
Wick's job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.
Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.
A large black wolf trotted into the clearing to confront me. He had a white-tipped snout, white boots and mitts and would have looked cute had he not been the most intimidating Werewolf I’d ever seen. Standing tall and solid, power rolled off of his body. His eyes bore into mine. I sniffed the air. The strong Werewolf scent of rosemary swirled around me, strong and seductive, laced with sugar. A weird fuzzy sensation spread out from my chest. Whoa.
My other form growled low, demanding release, straining against my skin. The energy of the wolves built—layers upon layers of excitement and impatience. The air pulsated with anticipation. They could sense the imminent kill.
Let me out! My other form repeated, throwing her power against my built up walls, howling in defiance.
When the energy of the Werewolves surged, I finally released her. My wolf form flowed out fast, wiping out the feline in little more than a heartbeat. Smaller, weaker and the size of a natural wolf, a Shifter in this form was no match for a Werewolf, especially a dominant one. I had time to meet the eyes of the Alpha for only an instant before the pack leapt forward. My limbs shook. It went against every instinct ingrained within me, but I rolled onto my back—submissive.
About the Author:
Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
REVIEW BY MELISSA SNARK
SHIFT HAPPENS by J.C. McKenzie is an action packed paranormal romance novel set against the urban Vancouver cityscape. The story is fresh in so many ways, especially the shifter heroine who has three animal forms–mountain lion, wolf and hawk–instead of just one. Throw in a whole lot of intrigue and a sexy Alpha werewolf who's bonded to a master vampire, and you have a tale that will keep you on your toes to the exciting conclusion.
The story is told in first person narration from the point of view of Andy, the heroine. The hero's thoughts/emotions are never clearly presented to the reader. I missed that aspect of the story because I'd really liked to have known what was going on inside Wick's head. The up side is that the hero definitely maintained his aura of mystery throughout.
I loved the fact that Andy is a powerful shifter in her own right and doesn't immediately swoon at the Alpha's feet as soon as he crooked his finger. She challenges him, and it's a blast for the reader, watching as she drives him up the wall and then around in circles on the ceiling. Kudos for girl power!
The prose was solid and well-edited. The plot flowed right along with good pacing, and characterization was excellent. I really liked several secondary characters who were members of Wick's pack. The villains were effective and creepy. (That said, I felt like there were simply too many members to the cast.) I wanted more time spent on developing the dynamic between the hero and heroine.
Andy and Wick share great chemistry. I loved how the author balances mistrust with sexual tension in conjunction with their prisoner/warden relationship. Their attraction builds slowly with plenty of missteps along the way. The heroine's emotional issues due to a past abusive relationship also add a wonderful source of internal conflict. Love scenes are spicy, richly described, and full of vivid sensory detail.
SHIFT HAPPENS is a top choice read for lovers of paranormal/ shifter romance. Happy reading!