Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Shadow of an Immortal Heart by Kita Bell

Title: Shadow of an Immortal Heart (Immortal Heart Series #2)
Author: Kita Bell
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Shifter)
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Reviewer: Jasmyn

Joshua Elisaie’s life spins on a crash course when he saves a sassy whiskey-eyed waitress from a drive-by shooting. Turns out, Kenzie Baines is more than his good deed for the night – she is Joshua’s amati. Which, in Kaspian terms, means that Kenzie is Joshua’s immortal mate.

Not that it will be smooth sailing for the two shapechanging blood tigers. Joshua’s past is cloaked in shadows, and Kenzie has already learned just how unreliable an immortal’s promises of “forever” can be. She is determined not to fall for those promises again, not even when it is the handsome Joshua Elisaie making them to her.

But more is afoot in Boston than a stubborn romance: the local Gens has vanished, and it is Joshua’s job to find them. Which means that Joshua will be digging through Kenzie’s past. As Kenzie reluctantly helps, she begins to realize that there just might be more to Joshua’s promises of “forever” than the desire for a one-night stand. And Joshua comes to realize that Kenzie isn’t just his long-awaited amati. 

No, Kenzie just might be the light of his far-too-lonely life.

Memory of an Immortal Heart (book #1) review HERE
I would recommend reading book one first as several characters carry over, but it isn't necessary to have read it to follow the main romance in book two.  Total side note - I love how the two covers look next to each other.

Book two of the Immortal Heart series is just as exciting and fun as the first.  Kenzie is a fiesty little blood tiger that lives with her family separate from any gens (a group/pack of blood tigers).  She's an amazing character - full of spice and not afraid to go head to head with the boys.  She was so much fun.  On the other hand, Joshua is far far too serious - but he's also really old and lonely.  They were a very interesting match and it led to a lot of great word play between the two.

Joshua meets Kenzie when he is sent out to investigate an entire gens that has disappeared.  It looks to be done by some of the same baddies we meet in book one.  The first part of the book really focuses primarily on Kenzie and Joshua's relationship, but the second have really pulls in the action that vampire vs tiger-shifter can have.  There are a few surprises in this one as not everyone's loyalty is where it seems at first, but that just keeps things more interesting.

The ending was just a tad drawn out for me.  I would have liked to see them get out of the mountains and into the action again a little sooner, although the addition of a new type of character was very interesting to read about.  Book three is supposed to be out any day now, and I hope I can get my hands on it soon.

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