Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shadow of Temptation by Jessie Donovan

Title:  Shadow of Temptation
Series:  Asylum for Magical Threats # 2.5
Author:  Jessie Donovan
Published:  May 26/14
Length:  131pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

An undercover agent about to crack…

Two years of living a double-life has taken a toll on Sabrina Ono, but if she plays her cards right, her assignment should be finished within the week. However, just as she starts planning her final moves, a man she once called friend shows up wanting revenge.

A man with an unusual power…

Jorge Salazar is a Shadow-Shifter. After being forced to work for a sociopath for nine months, he strikes a deal to escape, but there’s a price for his freedom—he must capture the leader of a Feiru terrorist group and turn him in. Unfortunately, the only person who can help him succeed is the woman who not only betrayed his biggest secret, but also broke his heart.

As the pair work against the clock to bring down the terrorist group and save another group of innocents from dying, an unexpected attraction builds. Will Sabrina and Jorge’s secrets be too much to overcome, or will their feelings be able to heal past wrongs?

My Review:

Donovan’s upbeat and fast acting writing style draws you in to this novella right from the first page. There is a dark undercurrent to the entire story. It not only highlights the plot and action of the story, but also draws you towards the main characters and how they view themselves. Donovan’s use of acronyms and agents speaking in code really make you feel like you’re in the middle of a secret op.

Donovan’s characters are so inviting that you feel as if you’re part of their lives. Both the recurring characters and the new ones spark your interest as well as your compassion, and sometimes your ire. I also appreciate how they are more than human, but strive to be themselves. Family and friends are intensely important to everyone, and Donovan makes you feel like you belong. And I mean, honestly, how can you not love a cameo from Neena?

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to the series. I loved getting to know the characters better, as well as DEFEND. This is a phenomenal read for anyone who enjoys the supernatural but wants a bit of a different take on the subject.

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  1. Romance abounds, in my opinion. :)

  2. Great review, can't wait to read this series, thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. Uhm, they'll get past whatever's holding them both back and end up together?

  4. Sabrina and Jorge will get back together.

  5. Sounds like my kinda read :D

  6. I'm hoping for an HEA on this one. What's a little deception in the past to spice up the future? Sounds interesting and fun, too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Would love to read this book..sounds very intereseting

  8. Both action and romance in one. woo

  9. Going by your review, it is a book, I will enjoy reading. Thank you.

  10. After working together, they will learn to communicate better & overcome their past to work toward an amazing future! :)