Sunday, June 15, 2014

Temptation Rising by A.C. Arthur

Shadow Shifters, Book 1

I'd been looking at this book since 2012. Literally since it came out. I couldn't figure out if I wanted to spend money to buy a book by an author I didn't know anything about. But only a few days ago, my friend graced me with the physical copy (which felt so weird after having used a Kindle for so long) and I got to read it.

I'm glad I didn't buy it.

It has so many great 5 star reviews on amazon but I think it's because it's erotic. Had the book not been erotic, the reviews probably would have gone differently. Anyhow ... Kalina Harper ...

And let me say I'm about to give some spoilers.

... is an undercover police officer working for the DEA to bring down Roman Reynolds. He's this big shot attorney with a lot of money and the cops want to know about some money being funneled somewhere. Kalina is sent in, as an accountant, to snoop around and see what she can find. Cliche will tell us that Roman will want Kalina and vice versa. And since Roman is a shifter, cliche will also tell us that Kalina is his mate and she doesn't know it yet. However, it was nice to see what Kalina didn't know that she was a shifter at all until she shifted. Outside of that, it was a very standard sassy damsel is stupid and in distress but thinks she can take care of herself so she continues to put herself in bad situations because she wants to be hard headed despite the warnings of danger, some she's already privy to.

The book was also very repetitive, the writing was basic, and the character development was ok. The world building was lacking. The only thing I really know about Kalina was that she was black-ish with a short spiky hair cut. Both Roman and Nick (his partner) were described as basically the standard tall, sexy, strong jaw, and great body. Outside of those types of things, I don't know what they looked like so I wasn't sure how sexy they were.

The conflict could have been better. It, too, was cliche. The bad guy wanted the girl to mate with. He loses, by the way, but does get away.

This book has plenty of fans so my one review won't hurt it, but I won't be continuing with the series. It just didn't work for me.

2 Stars
IR (Al main characters were Black-ish/South American)

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