Stripped of all control, panther shifter Kassity has no choice but to be a killer for Lucius. Obeying the vampire was simply her way of life, until Jax comes to town and brings trouble with him. When she recognizes Jax as her fated mate, Kassity must deal with betrayal, secrets and Lucius in order to be with him. With a war raging between all supernatural creatures Jaxon must decide who he is fighting for-and against. What started as a simple job turns into a complicated game of hearts when he meets Kassity, the woman he thought he was rescuing. But not everything is as it seems in Lucius' territory.
©2013-2014 Amy Kessler (P)2014 Amy Kessler
With my time in traffic I now spend the majority of my time listening to books rather than sitting down and reading them, and have gotten picky about my narrators. Emily Lindsay's debut was beyond impressive. She kept the story flowing, with no awkward pauses or infliction. I also thoroughly enjoyed her accents. It kept keeping the characters from mixing together easy and the plot moving even easier.
This was also A.L Kessler's debut book. My favorite part was the plot and all the characters in the world she created. Kassity was that perfect mix between strong and vulnerable. Lucius was a character that intrigued me from the beginning, and I have a feeling as I continue to read this series will keep doing so. I'm a reader that loves secondary characters, and boy does Kessler have some secondary characters that I am chomping at the bits to read about. She weaved a world that I didn't find hard to step into, and I'm looking forward to the next one, and the next one after that.
This was a new and quite interesting world full of shifters of all types, vampires, and other things that I'm not even sure what they are yet. Kassity is one of the few remaining panthers in North America - she's special, and she's caught up in a war working for Lucius. At first I thought of Lucius as the bad guy, but once we get to know a few of the other characters better I realized he might actually be the good guy - just in a weird twisted way (which I love). His relationship with Kassity, and his other "people" is a strange one and his controlling nature makes it hard to appreciate him at times.
When Jaxon enters and inadvertently threatens Lucius's hold on Kassity and puts her in danger, all hell breaks loose. He finds himself stuck in a place between sides and not quite sure who is telling him the truth. What he is sure of, is that Kassity is his mate, and he proceeds to do everything in his power to make sure she stays safe.
In the background, we have the story of a missing stone. This might seem anti-climactic, but the stone turns out to be something very special - and Kassity's job is to find it. There is a lot going on at times in this story, but it was written in a way that really keeps in engaged and invested in all the characters, not just Kassity and Jaxon. It made me want to know more, especially about the mysterious Teagen.
Now, I had a paper copy of the book on hand since this was my first experience with an audio book. And since this was my first audio - I don't have anything to really compare it to (I think I also giggled through the first sex scene. Hearing it read out loud brought out my inner adolescent..) Because I read the book this way, I did notice just a couple of small little "oops" in the narration - nothing that takes anything away from the story. The narrator did a fantastic job of catching the personalities of the characters in her voice. My biggest fear before going in was that I would lose track of who was talking. Not an issue at all.
Part way through I forgo the paper copy and began listening to the audio book while I walked at lunch. It was a great escape and a good way to enjoy a book when I wasn't able to sit down and read. I'm glad I gave the audio book a try (thank you A.L.) because I know exactly what I'll be doing the next time I'm on a long car ride - say to Mackinac Island for Indie Romance Convention next year.
*The audio book was received free in exchange for an honest review*
*The paper book was purchased from the author at Indie Romance Convention 2014*
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