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A curvy woman determined to protect her town, a raven shifter protector with secrets to keep, and a beast out for his own profit add up to an action-packed romance!
Curvy political activist Elena Peratrovitch has only one passion: keeping her small Alaskan town of Shkalnik free of business developments that would ruin its remote beauty. But when the government puts neighboring land up for lease, Elena must face down the billionaires who come to invest in the territory. She thinks nothing can change her opposition to developing Shkalnik...
...until gorgeous, sensual Richard Yale arrives on the scene. He's like no man Elena has ever met--and not just because he's richer than Midas. Richard's life as a shapeshifter and a protector of the Tlingit people must remain a secret--until the price of keeping secrets could be the life of the woman he falls in love with at first sight.
Caught between passion and politics, Richard and Elena must fight to find common ground, and to keep Shkalnik out of the hands of those who would truly do it harm...
Familiar voice, new setting
I gobbled the story--so sue me.
Murphy Lawless, the author's persona for this series--may it bring us to this area many times!--has given us a breathtakingly wonderful setting in which to place a new set of stories. I could almost inhale and scent that cool crisp air, with a bit of the sea in it; see the sub-Arctic summer night's light change, and feel the ground under me shift as Our Heroine Elena felt it shift her off balance. I'm just glad my brain stopped there, because I have a fear of falling from heights.
The arrival of this story comes on the heels of the attempt to put an oil pipeline through Lakota Sioux lands--you know, the barren far flung areas where an incomer government has graciously allowed the US First Peoples to attempt to make a home. Not content with relocation and land grabbing, the white man's government has broken yet another promise to the people whose land was taken: this time with too many chances for environmental disaster that the First Peoples will have to live with. Their permission was not given nor was any compensation offered for this rape.
In this story, the native Tlingit population is presented with a similar grab, with no permission asked or given, and the residents given only the choice of which developer they're more comfortable with.
The two major--read richest--developers couldn't be more different: in appearance, size, demeanor, plans, and approach. They have one thing in common: they're shifters.
Delightful writing, characters, and plot. I admit that the final chapter reminds me of a scene in a similar setting in Lois McMaster Bujold's second e-novella, Penric and the Shaman, where Penric and the Shaman are trying to hold a conversation on a mountain.
Of course I want more!