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Dani: I haven't read many shifter books. They don't appeal to me in theory. But this is Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes, so I was willing to put my baggage aside. And I'm so glad I did! This book was funny, just angsty enough to be interesting, totally absorbing, and sweet as hell. … What I really enjoyed about the shifter theme here is that the culture of the hawk ket came alive without getting bogged down by heavy backstory (this is how you show not tell!). … The relationship between Vy and Robert is at once tender and smoldering. Vy loves how strong and possessive and almost feral Robert can get in bed, and so do I! The lovin' here was damn good, especially at the end, with the biting and the…(go read it for yourself if you want the nasty details). … I was smiling so hard at the end, I may have split a lip. This is just a happy book, with well-rounded secondary characters, some action, lots of snarky dialogue that had me laughing aloud, one uppity, slightly insecure hawk, and one hot hunk of a grizzly bear.Sandra: So, I've always said I'm not much for shifters….Big mistake, clearly, because holy crap, I breezed through this in no time at all, giggle-snorted and lawled and snickered at the high-strung bird who found his mate and the big ole Grizzly bear who loves him back. …Also, holy hot boysecks, Batman…What I really liked about this shifter book is that it discusses choice versus fate. …. Kudos to the authors for including this, and really laying out the differences between human feelings and shifter instinct/compulsion. What also made this book such a joy to read were the two main characters themselves - both exhibiting the characteristics of their animals, what with bratty Vy being much like a high-strung hawk, and Robert being big and powerful but also cuddly like his bear. He reminded me of a big ole Teddy bear much of the time, a strong counterpoint to Vy's flighty hawk, calming down the nervous bird inside with strong hands and a countenance that induced serenity. Yet, like a bear, he also had a breaking point, and the old adage of not poking a bear was rather fitting here as well…. The dialogue is snarkily sarcastic, humorous and engaging, as with all Cardeno books I've read, but also quite emotional when the situation calls for it, and the relationship follows what I would consider a natural pace, considering that their animal natures are strong within them both. What I also enjoyed very much was the inclusion of a strong female, no matter her size, and that she had a good head on her shoulders. … The sexy times are emotionally compelling, as well as super hawt. …The book does a wonderful job of showing, not telling, and thus is one was one I enjoyed tremendously.
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