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Publisher's Summary

In True Colors: Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime - and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.

But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

In Natural Evil: Claudia Hunter is on a road trip through the Nevada desert when she sees the body of a dog on the side of the highway. Pulling over to investigate, she quickly determines that the enormous animal is clinging to life. While working to save him with the help of the local vet, Claudia realizes there's something about the creature that seems more. Other. Wyr. Which makes this case of animal cruelty attempted murder.

Too injured to shape-shift, Luis Alvaraz is reluctant to tell Claudia what he knows about his attack, afraid it will only make her a target. But the sheriff is corrupt, and his attackers know Luis is alive and vulnerable. To make matters worse, a sandstorm is sweeping into town, and if they're going to survive the night, Luis will have to place all his trust in Claudia.

©2014 Teddy Harrison (P)2014 Tantor

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Can't go wrong with Elder Races!

I am a huge fan of the Elder Races books... so anything in this series is a winner for me.
I really like the .5 books, b/c it shows different aspects of the Elder Races world that don't focus on Dragos or one of the Sentinels, although Dragos or the Griffins are my absolute FAVORITES!

The first story was my favorite. The whole Tarot Card killer thing was really interesting. This is a must for those who follow the series... a great credit, buy or sale.

Narration was superb...as Eastlake is one of the best!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Love is in the cards for four new characters

An antique, hand-painted deck of fortune-telling cards are passed along by the heroine of the first story to the heroine of the second novella, loosely connecting their narratives. Unlike standard tarot cards, these bear symbols specific to the Elder Races belief system. Each chapter is titled with the name of a card from the deck.

The first story focuses on a fascinating breed of shifters who are new to the Elder Races series and very much an endangered species. A blizzard conveniently strands the hero and heroine in her home. Riehl, a homicide detective, believes that Alice can help him solve the mystery of an OCD serial killer who has murdered three of her friends. Time is of the essence since Alice may be next on the hit list.

The second story introduces us to Claudia, an ex-soldier who came back from her tours overseas with scars from her experience of traumatic warfare. Her psychic skills are pretty low compared to other members of the Elder races, but they prove useful in helping her figure out who tried to murder Luis, a wyr unable to shift from his dog form when she finds him on the side of the road. The mystery of why he was targeted sets the stage for the next novella, in Destiny's Tarot, with the same deck making its way into a new pair of hands.

Sophie Eastlake does a great job with the narration, as usual. I would feel more satisfied about spending a credit if all four novellas were bundled together. However, the quality of the stories still makes them a good buy.

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  • Pamela
  • United States
  • 07-13-14

One deck of tarot cards..

Two very good stories. I thought I was just going to get one story out of this book but ended up with two delightful little stories that were both good and well done. The book held my attention and the main female characters in both stories were both awesome.

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Double novella goodness

Double novellas set in the world of the Elder Races.
Story 1: True Colors
Alice Clark finds her best friend murdered. Gideon Riehl, a retired dog of war now working with the Wyr Division of Violent Crime, tracks the beautiful woman from the scene. Both are surprised by finding their mate.
Story 2: Natural Evil
Claudia Hunter is traveling across the country and trying to find her new self since leaving the army after 20 years.
It’s not a large dog she finds on the side of the road, but Luis Alvarez, a Wyr Peacekeeper with the Elder Tribunal, who is investigating a local Silver mine.
Eastlake does a decent job of narration, including the male voices.
I’m glad I didn’t skip these novellas when I first worked my way thru the series.
Recommend.

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Loved it, hated it

I loved this book, but am totally dissatisfied with the way we are left hanging at the end of it. Since the next I’m Series is about other characters, I am hoping at least some of this couples’ future is revealed.

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  • KJ
  • 12-01-17

Not my fav in the series but still good

This is actually two short stories linked by the tarot cards. I will read the next one.

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Divine Paranormal Romance

These short novellas are perfect treats for Elder Race fans. While nothing major happens to advance the story arc for the series, it's just a nice visit with character friends. Brief top-notch entertainment.

I review for the Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

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Love Thea's series!

This is a great series to read or listen to! I can't stop till I've read them all. but I do think the True Colors was better than Natural Evil.

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Loved it

Loved the two books. The narrator is excellent. While these two novellas don't move the main story line of the series along much, the books were a delight

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 08-29-14

First story better than second

Two stories in the world of the paranormal Elder Races series
Four stars for True Colors
Setting:New York
The characters in the first story were engaging and likable, and the plot kept my interest. Gideon is an Alpha male, with both positive and negative attributes that make him real. The character of Alice is three-dimensional, with positive and negative traits that make her believable in the plot.
Two stars for Natural Evil
Setting: Nevada
What can I say? I just couldn't find anything in Claudia attractive. Except for rescuing the half-dead dog at the side of the road, there is nothing engaging about her as a romantic heroine. I understand that going to war can put a hard edge on people, but I've known people with war-related PTSD, and they weren't all morose and unhappy. You do not forget how to laugh just because you've seen death up close and personal - just ask any first-responder. Luis was okay, but these two as love-interests didn't strike me as realistic, even in the unreal world of the paranormal.
I did enjoy the Tarot deck as a device to connect the two stories.
Narration was great. I am enjoying Sophie Eastlake's performance of this series.
This was worth the credit, if only for the first story.

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