Sunday, August 29, 2010

Romance Book Review: Arctic Shift

Author: Lissa Matthews
Series Connection: Denali Heat

ISBN: 978-1-60928-159-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

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Since shifter books are becoming the norm lately it is always interesting what authors will do to take this paranormal genre to the next level. One of the things I like so much about Lissa Matthews' Arctic Shift is her take on the shifter realm. She doesn't try to describe shifters as always being around except no one has noticed. She offers a the idea that this one family was an experiment from generations back. Again not a new idea, but one that just works for this particular series.

As usual, Matthews offers a well written plot with interesting, but not perfect characters. Ruby is a not the skinny sister, but Carson still finds her attractive. Just because this is a romance doesn't mean all the characters have to be perfectly shaped.

In Arctic Shift, Ruby goes to Alaska to find her sister who has been out of contact for a while. What she doesn't realize is that she is expected and once to meets Carson, naked in her bed, she moves into a completely different reality. Being a fantasy expert it doesn't come as much of a shock as it should that  Carson is a shifter, but still the idea of the two of them as mates is a little unbelieveable.

It is up to Carson to convince Ruby that they should spend the rest of their life together.

She believes in myths…can she believe in destiny?

Denali Heat, Book 1

Unlike her adventurous sister, Ruby is perfectly content to let her mind be the wanderlust while her body stays safely in Chicago. Melanie wouldn’t be out of touch this long without a damned good reason, though. Which means it’s time for a giant step outside her comfort zone.

While Denali National Park is like another planet, the myths and legends that saturate this wild land are right up her alley. The wilderness guide waiting for her—naked in her bed—looks about as safe as a polar bear.

Carson’s people are kin to the great beast, right down to the white hair. Before Ruby ever set foot in Alaska, his inner bear knew that Melanie’s little sister was his mate. He’s doing his level best not to let his primal needs scare her, but everything about her sends his urge to possess her into overdrive.

To his surprise, revealing he’s a shifter only stimulates her innate curiosity. Warming her with the perfect fire of their lovemaking, easy. Convincing her that real love isn’t a myth—and making her want to stay in his home, his bed, his heart—now, that’s a problem…

Warning: cozy flannel PJs, a naked shifter, incredible food and some fireside sex hot enough to melt the polar ice caps…

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