This book was provided to Paranormal Romance Lovers and the reviewer for free in return for a review.
Ellie West has always known there was more to her story than being abandoned at birth. A child of the foster-care system, she didn’t get many breaks, but the one thing she can do is sing. It’s her only ticket out of poverty and obscurity. Nothing else matters, not even the nagging sense that she’s different. She's headed for great things. She only needs a chance.
Jack Ferris couldn’t agree more. His firm, the elite paranormal agency Redclaw Security, has been hired to find a missing princess and return her to her family. Discovering that Ellie, a waitress in a hole-in-the-wall diner, is both the princess and his fated mate is like being hit with a sledgehammer. Ellie West can't be his mate. She's the mission.
The sooner Jack completes this job, the better, only Ellie has no intention of throwing her dreams away for a kingdom she's never known. With hired assassins on their trail, Ellie might not have a choice. They must do whatever it takes to stay alive.
It took me a couple of chapters to warm up to Ellie, the heroine. I wasn’t too keen on her as a Southern girl, but me being Southern, I may be judging her too harshly.
I thought there was not any chemistry between Ellie and Jack when they first met, so I closed my Kindle to do something else. I came back to the story hours later, and right after I had put the book down is when the action and the HOTNESS started.
After Ellie and Jack have sex the first time, the chemistry is oozing!!! I could not put the book down; I read it all in that one sitting. I adored the original plot, thought the author’s creativity in bringing all the shifters together in one area was a superb one, and was captured in awe of Ellie’s shifter animal (NO SPOILERS HERE.)
I give this book a 4, but it was so close to a 5. I wanted to see more intimacy between Ellie and Jack, and that’s the only reason for the lower rating. Good job, Ms. Dean!