Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Shadows in the Night (Leap of Faith #1) by M.A. Church

Published July 12th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
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My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

When Chip Riley's beloved granny passes away, she leaves him all her money, her land, and a house that needs some tender love and care. She never mentioned the legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate. 

Jason Sky has lived since buffalo roamed the land. When his totem spirit, a black cougar, saves a little girl, he doesn’t realize that generations later, her grandson will become his mate, leaving him to take on a modern man with modern ideas. But that’s the least of his problems. 

Garon, another shifter with a long-held hatred for Jason, plots to kidnap Chip and lure Jason to his death. Soon Chip finds himself in an untenable position between a rock and a hard place. A leap of faith may be the only way to save himself and the man he’s learned to love.

A cute and light read, Chip and Jason are two men who have a deep understanding of each other, even if Chip has no idea of Jason's paranormal side.

Chip just became a statistic: the economy has driven his company to cut operations costs and he is laid off. Jason had been watching out for Chip to be born and eventually become his mate. It may have taken more or less a hundred years, but he trusts the All Knowing Whatay to keep the promise of a fated mate. Problem is, Chip has no idea all this is going on, even if his granny does and makes sure he gets mated. Then there is the jealous Other, a rogue shifter who psychotically wants to get even with Jason. His presence poses a complication to the mating dance and Chip finds himself drowning in the paranormal world.

This could have been a great story,  unfortunately, somewhere along the way, I found myself clicking the fast forward button faster and faster as the story developed. The story plodded uncomfortably in many places, there were times when it was tedious to read that I found myself saying quietly "yada, yada, yada" as I clicked the forward button. Curiously enough, this is not how it started. It was really doing great at the beginning, but somewhere around 45% that is when the story sort of hicupped, dragged and then became static. By the 89%, it sort of resuscitated itself then it gave a gasp and then a hiccup once more. 

The story is good, don't get me wrong. It was just a bit dragging in the middle. It did end with an HEA and it was well deserving an ending for these two men. I loved Jason's inner conversations with his cougar and it showed that the cougar was separate and yet part of him. As for Chip, well.....

This is a nice light and short read. It could have been better and I hope the succeeding installments would get better. 

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