Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Lion's Share (Chimera Chronicles #3) by Karin Shah


Amazon Synopsis:
Former Army Ranger, and Chimera-shifter, Connor Gunn is fighting a losing battle against his lion side.

Just released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to be blackmailed into a bank robbery, along with his twin brother Tyler. Worse, the lovely FBI agent already in the bank affects him like no other woman ever has, awakening his body and compelling his lion to the brink of taking full control.

FBI agent Embry Lane has learned a few things over the course of her six years with the Bureau:

1. The FBI is more than a career.
2. Men are nice for a distraction, but eventually they leave.
3. No real man can top the dream lover who comes to her at night.

When Embry runs into Connor on the street, their instant connection makes her doubt what she knows—until she meets him in a tactical mask at the bank with a rifle in his hands.

Trapped in the bank, Connor and Embry must combat their mutual attraction and protect the hostages, because with SWAT outside and deadly enemies within, one wrong move could see them all dead.

First off – I loved it. I hadn’t read the first two in the series but that is being quickly remedied. This is an action-based paranormal read that manages to grip the reader on an emotional level as well. Although the action is pretty non-stop you rapidly come to empathize with the hero and later the heroine. I’m not sure how to talk about the plot without leaving spoilers but there are plot twists that the reader doesn’t see coming and there is a very satisfying ending.

On a general note, I read a lot of paranormal and shifter stories but this is the first time I’ve found one using chimeras. I mean, three forms? Lion, dragon and [ultra-yummy] human? How cool is that??

I liked the hero – he and his brother thought shifters were some fantasy thing that belonged in the movies; at least until they became shifters themselves. Loyalty to their foster brother gets them into trouble; first in the army and then later. And by trouble I mean being blackmailed into committing a felony and meeting your mate in the process – your FBI agent mate…

The heroine is a tough agent with skills and determination and absolutely no intention of getting caught in a no-win situation with some gorgeous perp who just happens to look like a carbon copy of a childhood friend. Fate must have a real sense of humor…

A word of warning however – this is a real page-turner. Do not start late at night, or when your in-laws or coming for dinner, or when you have to get your kids to soccer…

The Chimera Chronicles series
In Like a Lion
Entity Mine
The Lion's Share

[Coming in July – Ty’s story]
Lion's Prey

An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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