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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: In Like a Lion (The Chimera Chronicles #1) Book Tour + giveaway

In Like a Lion (The Chimera Chronicles #1)
by Karin Shah

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-1-61935-167-7
Book Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Research scientist Dr. Anjali Mehta lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzing grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she's tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a man behind bars—a killer?

What she doesn't know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge.

And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can't believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.

Goodreads link to book

I have mixed feelings about this story. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to fall in "like" with. It just never moved past the first dating phase and into love. Let me try and explain why in my rambling way. 

Our leading lady is a soft-hearted doctor who's lost her whole family in a tragic earthquake. Every last one of them. Super sad. You feel for her on that level. But as the story goes on, you wonder when she's going to stop being a push over and start sticking up for herself and the only few people left in her life. 

There are a bunch of phrases in another language that get used, and that's awesome but it was not explained what was said. I would have liked a little more translation when Anjali was speaking in her native language; was a tad frustrating. 

We also get introduced to Jake's family very quickly. They are thrust into the scene without much back story. I thought maybe I had missed a book or novella before this one, but that was not the case. More time on this family and their character development would have been awesome. 

Our leading couple just never really took off for me. But that's my tastes in a PNR not being met. When it came to the heart of the story, there is a lot here to like. The world itself is something special and the shifters have the choice to not only be lions but dragons too! That's pretty darn cool. 

The foundation on this one is shaky at times, I wanted more depth in the leads and a lot less predictably with character interaction. Overall, this one is worth reading if you like shifters and taking on something new and different! 

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About the Author:
I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, and worship Jeni's Ice Cream, JK Rowling, Jayne Ann Krentz, the TV show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red October and The Princess Bride, though not necessarily in that order.

I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance, and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I tend to jump sub-genre a bit.

My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy) and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla)

I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego, and got my Master's in Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School Librarian in Webster, NY, for five years before starting my writing career. (I still miss my students.)

I have a new series starting with IN LIKE A LION. The Chimera Chronicles follows seven shape shifting brothers, separated in childhood, as they discover they are not alone and find love.

E-book copy of Blood and Kisses, In Like a Lion, and Entity Mine, and a $50 Amazon gift card

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  1. Sounds amazing. Something exciting to read.

  2. It does sound good storywise, but I like my heroines feisty and kick ass, not pushovers.

  3. I like strong female characters too, but not every book can be a hit. Sometimes a storyline like this being a bit different can capture my attention.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. A lion and dragon shifter, sounds interesting!

  5. so very original :) thanks for sharing!

  6. I am always open for something a little new and different and often find book one of a new series lacking a bit of backbone, hopefully she will get her gumption up. I am intrigued and even though I generally want my females on the kick heine side will keep an open mind. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us :)

  7. A lion & dragon shifter is unique but just disheartened that the character development is lacking.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com


  9. That cover is gorgeous! We don't get a lot of Chimera books. Very cool! TY!

  10. Book sounds interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. Looks interesting, and awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I look forward to reading the book and thanks for the chance.