Shifting Love's Hunger
Book 3, Illicit Seattle
Jeff D. Ellis
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Chloe didn't mind the arranged marriage. She was half Vampire, serving her Vampire Clan and carefully feeding her hunger as the others did. But now that she was an adult, she knew the Clan would expect her to do her duty. She had no choice. There were other fates that could've been much worse, like being assigned to work in the brothel or porn studio. A marriage wasn't so bad. And marrying into the Wolf Shapeshifter Pack would raise her stature with the Clan.
But when she learned of her other heritage, would it cause her to be tossed out of the Pack and lose everything?
Mark expected, as the second son of the Alpha, that his duty to the Pack would probably include an arranged marriage. But when he was thrust into one without warning, he discovered a sinister betrayal underfoot. His beautiful new mate was his dream, but she could also be the undoing of everything his Pack had worked for.
The Vampires were offering the Pack a lucrative contract as part of the new alliance. But mistakes kept happening. Were they innocent mistakes, or was someone deliberately sabotaging things? Could Mark and Chloe find out what was happening and somehow preserve the alliance and stay part of both communities? Or would they forced to abandon their ethics for the greater good of the Pack?
Fun breathless ride!
I thought this one was the best of the series so far! It's hard to imagine being forced into an arranged marriage, but I guess if I were a vampire in Chloe's situation, I could reason it out. And being in a marriage with a hunky shapeshifter can't be all bad. But what a whirlwind of changing situations! I loved the grittiness and spiciness - it felt authentic. Fun breathless ride!
I’ve been a big fan of every Ellis book I’ve read so far; this one is no exception. Primary characters are Chloe and Mark, both of whom I grew to care for and even relate to, despite the fact that they’re a vampire and a shifter. Ellis does a brilliant job of giving the reader a world they can relate to on many levels, supernatural characters and all.
This installment brings us romance, conflict, drama, a little violence, some heat, action, scheming, betrayal, family drama… it’s got it all. We also get subtle updates on characters we’ve met in Ellis’ other books; they all remain true to character too. The way Ellis thrives at giving them individual voices is a testament to the effort he puts into his work. More than fictional characters, they almost come off at times, as though they’re his (very real) family. He’ll insert little details that an astute reader will appreciate for the continuity, while others will simply absorb without being distracted.
The romance, while the feelings come fast, manages to be real and it packs heat. The action, drama and conflict, all seem plausible, despite surrounding supernatural or ‘Veiled’ characters. This is a wonderful book to get lost in for a few hours. Hoping there’s more of this addictive world to come; strongly recommend.