2020-05-21 05:33:44 UTC
This is a book in a paranormal romance series revolving around a secret
government department that recruits "shifters", men and women with
"animal DNA" that gives them the kind of abilities that "animal DNA"
would give a comic book character. Even though this is a variety of
theriomorph romance their shapeshifting abilities are quite limited.
They can grow claws, get a bit of a game face and their eyes turn
yellow. That's about it apart from their superhuman athletic and sensory
In this book a former agent for the secretive department is now an FBI
agent and realized the serial killer is one of the shifters who is
hunting humans for sport so she calls in her old associates who of
course send her former partner and lover much to her initial displeasure
and the even greater displeasure of her boss who doesn't want "Homeland
Security" horning on his glory.
At which point I was thinking that if I was her boss I'd be suspecting
that our serial killer was a former agent for Homeland Security. Or
some dodgy intelligence agency pretending to be HS. It would have
explained why an outfit that doesn't chase serial killers is chasing
this guy. Of course her boss is wasting his time trying to pull strings
to get the intruder off the task force instead of actually thinking
about the case.
This has way, way more bureaucratic infighting than your typical romance
novel. The star crossed lovers were separated by a guy inside the
absurdly generically named Department of Covert Affairs in an attempt to
sabotage its operations so it will be shut down.
I note incidentally that on the cover he is devoid of the scars that
he's supposed to and she couldn't be dressed less like an FBI agent.
It's not skimpy, just incredibly girly.
This is more science fiction than fantasy, but needless to say the
science is terrible. But ultimately the test of whether it works is
about whether it works as a thriller. The romance verges on
perfunctory. Ultimately it's a simple but workable procedural with
super powers. The bureaucratic infighting is actually pretty fun, though.
And why did I read it? The library's still closed up and their
overdrive lending service has a selection of available fiction