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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: Shift Work

Shift Work @JC_McKenzie #bookreview #uf How can there be only one book left? #mustread 
Shift Work by J.C. McKenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Jobless and free of Master Vampire Lucien, Andy is left adrift. At least she has her feras to keep her company. Oh wait, right, she dispelled one of the main animals in her triad. She is also on the Supernatural Regulatory Division (SRD) shit list. At least Tristan is in her life. He could theoretically support her since he owns a company. He could even possibly find her a job. Oddly though, when they should be drawing closer to each other without the distractions of a master vampire or an alpha wolf, distance is growing between them.

I just want to know, when will Andy ever get a break? It seems like things are looking up when she snags a job with the police department to help with the supernatural cases. When Stan, the cop she's befriended offers her a possible position, she thinks she may be set. And then Ms. McKenzie throws her a curve ball.

This fourth book continues at a fast pace with mystery, heartbreak and Andy's past coming to light. There is more conflict with no win situations. Andy's choice to pick Tristan was because Wick committed acts under duress which she couldn't stomach. When Tristan's actions from the past come to light, what can Andy do? Is she just going to dispel her powerful mountain lion and use one of her new feras? I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed in Andy. She is fearless when it comes to defending the innocent. She is fearless when solving a mystery or fighting crime. When it comes to her own personal life, she is a coward. Yes, I'm calling her a coward. She runs from the conflict instead of working it through. She does not see how badly she hurts others with her inaction.

This book concludes in a satisfactory ending, unless one takes a look at Andy's personal life. Whilst the plot of this story is captivating, what really pulls me in is Andy's complicated love life. I want to know what will happen. I have no idea how this will resolve in a happily ever.

There is only one book left in this series. How can all of this be resolved? Whilst there are gods and goddesses running around, a deus ex machina resolution would be disheartening. Perhaps Ms. McKenzie will reconsider and extend this series to seven. There is still so much to explore in this world. What about the demon world? How are the gods and goddesses going to be involved? What about the witches? How does the SRD corruption play into all of this? Will Andy find her family? Will Andy finally control her beast? Will there be more feras? So many questions and threads that need to be answered.

Recommended to urban fantasy lovers who enjoy mystery, sorrow and vengeance.

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