Author: Toni LoTempio
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, 173 pgs
Release Date: April 11th 2011
Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like while trying to track down Aega and bring him to justice. After a particularly dicey encounter one night with a Hellhound, she goes to the aid of a girl who’s been attacked and near death—and is amazed to find Aega’s bite mark on the girl’s arm. Determined to get to the bottom of this, she revisits the victim’s apartment and there discovers her closet is a portal to a parallel universe, where people she knows lead vastly different lives. She also gets a glimpse of the Recovery Captain there—a six foot, redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee, whose sexy accent and even sexier bod sets her senses aflame. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…
While the title proclaims this to be a paranormal romance, it is in reality an action filled urban fantasy with all kinds of fae, demons, shapeshifters, mages and some enhanced humans (psychics, mind readers, etc) as well as parallel universes.
Raven, the female lead, is a shapeshifter who can shift into any animal, or combination of animals, she wishes and is a paranormal special agent. She has serious anger management issues due to being turned into a shapeshifter after being bitten by a demon two years ago.
Finn, who is the love interest and also a paranormal special agent, doesn't show up until after page 50, except for a quick cameo appearance. He and Raven don't meet until page 60 and then it is all business except for a couple of sparks here and there when accidentally touching.
There is no romance between the two until page 122 (of 173) when there is a kiss before going to fight a demon. There is a very short sex scene on page 160 that leaves most to the imagination and several pages later another quick shower scene that is an interrupted hallucination.
This has a good story line and with all the action to save the world from a nasty demon it is a quick read that I enjoyed.