"hottest yet in this vampire series!"
After helping her older brother Eric defeat the demon that
threatened his lover Ellie and the New England town where
she lives, Merida flees to warmer climates and a less
stressful situation in sunny Florida.
She's left her job with Sam Kinkaid, the Panthecinos demon
who raised her and her brother when their parents were
killed. Merida feels unable to deal with the new
responsibility Sam insists she must undertake; a much
bigger than the job she had finding and stopping evil with
Sam and her brother. Sam has told Merida that her destiny
is to be a Balance Keeper.
Magic has always come easy to Merida, something she's never
had to work hard to be good at, but Balance Keeping is a
heavy burden not exactly suited to her impulsive, foot-
loose and fancy free mien. If Sam's heavy trip wasn't
enough, she's fallen hard for someone that she really
shouldn't have anything to do with and with whom she's
already had an ill-advised one-night-stand.
Vampire Royce Cardoso has some demons of his own he's
running from, namely the little feline Panthecinos Merida
whom he can't get out of his mind no matter how many women
he sleeps with and no matter how much he tells himself that
he's better off now that she's run off and left town.
Trying to convince himself of the latter and believing it
are two different things, especially when Royce has always
been the one to do the leaving in his past "relationships",
except the most important relationship of all and this was
with his wife Sarah. Betrayed once by his brother and Sarah
before Sarah's death, Royce has had a serious problem with
commitment and staying in one place for too long, refuses
to give his heart to another the way he gave it to Sarah.
Royce's old friend, homicide detective and fellow vampire,
Wil Brogan calls him asking for help with a murder case
that he knows involves a non-human perpetrator. Royce
tracks down Merida in Florida and talks her into joining
him in the small sleepy town in Vermont where Wil lives and
works, intimating that the case is right up her alley and
he and Wil could use her demon-hunting skills.
Adams scores again with this tightly woven erotica with a
smidgen of action and suspense to keep the reader going
until the end. The hero and heroine chemistry in SHIFT OF
FATE is the hottest yet in the series, and a sensitive,
sensual well-done ménage between Royce, Merida and Wil
naturally emerges to add extra depth and spice to an
already gratifying dish.
The ending seemed a little rushed when compared to the
first two books in the series (and this might be because
this reader wanted the story to continue), though it was
still satisfying and did not detract from the reader's
general enjoyment. Overall, SHIFT OF FATE is a solid and
sexy vampire erotica.
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted February 11, 2006
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted November 20, 2006