The Shifter Romances The Writer
Author: Kristen Painter
Publisher: Sugar Skull Books
Series: Nocturne Falls Book #6
Pages: Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Release Date: May 15th 2016
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
For romance writer Roxy St. James, living in Nocturne Falls also means a fresh start. And as soon as her unbearable ex signs the divorce papers, that new beginning will be a reality. Unfortunately, her ex doesn’t seem ready to let her go and the subtle threats he’s been making leave her no choice but to confide in her oh-so-handsome neighbor, who just happens to be a deputy with the sheriff’s department.
But Officer Alex Cruz isn’t just the law. He’s also a panther shifter, a secret he’s sworn to keep (along with the truth about Nocturne Falls) from the very foxy Roxy. Humans aren’t supposed to know the town is filled with supernaturals. Then she starts seeing things she shouldn’t and thinks she’s losing her mind. His attraction—and concern—for her wars with the promise he’s made.
Will his truth be more than she can handle? Or will it cause her to write him out of her life?
An entertaining addition to a solid series!
I think this was my favorite in the series... Though I might have said that before and possibly will say that again after reading the next book.
First and foremost I loved reading about hotty mchotness Mr. Cruz. I was actually hoping that Painter would write a book about him, when we first met him in the previous books of the series. So kudos for the fact that he got an entire book (insert happy dance)
AND I was not disappointed!
He is just like I was hoping and more!!
But if you haven't read any of the books in the series? My advice is to actually go and read the other books first, even if this could work as a stand alone. In fact, with each of the previous books I would have told you just go ahead and read them as pleases you. The Shifter Romances The Writer however works best when you actually have read the previous Nocturne Fall book, in my opinion.
It has all the great things the series offered. Wonderful world building, sweet romance, humour, great dialogue and good character building.
TSRTW is definitely character driven. And unlike many of it's predecessors quite a few previous MCs feature in it. I absolutely loved that part. I loved how Painter managed to make it feel like I am visiting old friends. I adore how the girls all interact with each other, and how some characters seem quite different yet the same when seen from a different POV. (as example Birdie)
I adore Alex- not just for the fact that he makes uniforms look good- but I liked his sensitive and protective sides.
I loved the chemistry between him and Roxy and I love their banter.
Roxy is a strong heroine, that I could relate to and I cared for very quickly. She is intelligent, strong even if she is overcoming a difficult past and really sensible. It sounds odd to put it out there, but there are so many books these days where the heroine is somehow ditzy or where she behaves uber-melodramatic. It's actually refreshing to have a heroine that not only doesn't do either but also is making good choices and is reasonable! I could see myself being friends with Roxy.
Oh I need to mention that I've been wondering how much of this has autobiographical aspects in it.
I kept wondering if that is how Painter does things.
My only little reservation is the soul mate bit. I don't believe in that. So when that came up...I just cringed- but then again, we all know that is just how I feel about it. Don't let it put you off. It's seriously minor.
The mystery was pleasant, kept me guessing and entertained- oh and in case you wondering: I did get it right, saw the clues immediately and knew what probably would be coming down the line.
Another favorite part was the humour. Again, I clearly like Painters humour, but The Shifter Romances The Writer made me actually giggle at times.
So very entertaining, fun and easy read. Just the right thing for a summery day read.
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