Rachel Dunne thinks she's safe from the politics of her people by keeping a low profile in America. When she comes face to face with one of the clan chiefs in search of a mate, she's stunned yet incredibly turned on. There is a catch - one queen to two opposing clan chiefs. It's hard enough fighting off the advances of one sizzling hot piece of alpha man-flesh, can she possibly resist two?
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©2013 Madelyn Porter (P)2013 Madelyn Porter
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
A shifter romance unlike those I have read before, the insertions that brought a giggle were many. Porter starts the story with a nod to her publishing cohorts Mandy M. Roth and Michelle Pillow, at a book reading/signing as we are introduced to Rachel, the heroine.
Rachel was raised by her aunt, a bird shifter with a penchant for keeping two lovers handy, growing herbs and other bits in her garden and the occasional arrest. Although as a bird shifter Auntie Elvie was arrested quite often, Rachel thinks she just enjoyed being in handcuffs. Alone in the world now, all of Rachel’s family has died, and she is hiding under the ‘shifter radar’ by not shifting.
Douglas and William are chiefs of their clans, and their traditions require they share a wife, with the children from the unions being raised with each clan’s traditions and lore without regard to parentage. The eldest of the two chiefs gets the eldest child, the second goes to the next, and so on. It is time for them to choose their wife: preferably young, pretty and full-blooded shifter.
When she is confronted with Douglas, a powerfully potent shifter, chief of a clan, and bearing the crest on his hand, her first instinct is to run: far away. When William arrives at her doorstep and she is hit with his animal magnetism, it is almost too much to bear. Whisked away to the clan chieftan’s home in the UK after a fire destroyed her lodge, she is slowly coming to grips with her feelings for the two, and the security that she feels when with them.
There is a massive clash of wills: as clan chiefs both William and Douglas are used to being obeyed: but their revelation to Rachel that she can make a request and they are obligated to obey gives her a unique power that is far beyond her omni-shifter nature. It’s funny to watch the two as they angle for supremacy with her, and Rachel’s very matter of fact manner and way of putting them in line. In fact, several moments in this story will have you laughing at the dialog and the odd situations.
Full of quick switches in action and location, while the story isn’t always smooth, it is always well told and depicted. Rebecca Cook’s narration is super, adding a gruffness to William and Douglas, some stealth and disdain into Magda, a touch of wonder underlaid with steel for Rachel. Her voice never interferes with the story, but moves smoothly from one situation or character to the next with precision.
Above all else, this is a story of shifters and the animal desires that they all have are never far from the surface. Super hot sex scenes, some in ménage, some hot and frantic: the sexual tension and action is enough to fulfill every erotic romance fans needs, and the story will feed the romantic in you, even with the fur.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I hate to give a bad review and the storyline seemed interesting and perked my attention but it lacked many descriptions that enable the listener to visualise both the characters and the scenes. Then it was just bish bash bosh and they claimed her within seconds of meeting so no build-up towards a tender sweet romance.
Two opposing Were Clan Chief's William and Douglas (one English and one Scottish) have to share their Queen so set about looking in America where they aren't known and by Chapter 2 they'd found Rachel and by Chapter 3 they'd each had sex. I didn't find the sex scenes very descriptive, tantalising or erotic but more standard as each Chief took their turn separately until near the end and then the M/F/M action was just the norm (I'm not complaining but just pointing this out).
The action came from someone wanting Rachel dead and hired a mad Were Assassin to do it and it wasn't too difficult to figure out who however there were plenty of suspects but, as usual, the heroine decides to ignore everyone and goes for a run in the woods which turned out to be a dumb move. William and Douglas were nice, caring and thoughtful characters which gave them an endearing quality but Rachel's thoughts and feelings were, for several reasons, all over the place and I just couldn't warm to her.
Worth a credit? If this had been more skilfully written with plenty of world-building, descriptions and a longer lead up to the sex and romance then yes, but there are plenty of far better Were-shifting books out there. So, sadly I'm going to have to say, in my opinion, it is what it is - a very quick, half hearted attempt at an erotic PNR, the ending was good however that doesn't make it creditworthy but hey maybe you'll like it.
I did enjoy listening to this book. I chose to listen during finals week so that was not a smart thing to do on my part. If it had not been finals week, I still would have listened toit. It was a nice book :)
Yes I would because I enjoy her work. She has a funny style to her writing that I find entertaining.
This was my first audio book. I thought she did a nice job. I was able to distinguish between the characters that were portrayed. Personally when I read a book and not listen as an audio, I develop my own sense of the character. I found that her brogue was just ok ( I did receive a shiver down my spine at one point) but was not the best. I also felt that when one of the characters were expressing anger or some form of strong emotion I felt that she did a 3.85 in expressing this. Over all I did enjoy listening to her read to me :)
I think it can have a follow-up book, but it isn't necessarily required. This book ended like many movies do, where I can give them a happily ever after and other things in my imagination. There isn't a lot of wondering and cliff hanging at the end which was nice (making this a quick approx. 7 hour listen). It would be nice if there was a follow-up just to see how Rachel is responding to being Chieftess/Queen and what the sex of her children are, etc.; although it would not be required.
I enjoyed this book, but it was not my favorite. i did find it quite funny though although sometimes I had wanted to stop listening, I just couldn't because I wanted to find out how it ended (and I hate not finishing a book). Overall this book receives a 2.89 out of 5 stars for me.:)
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