Review: Shift Happens
for paranormal romance readers who enjoy a tough female lead @Shift Happens by J.C. McKenzie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
New to me author Ms. McKenzie grabs my attention and keeps me riveted. This book reminds me of a few authors I really enjoy. With this first book, the readers are introduced to killer Andrea McNelly, doing her job. She is trying to complete her assignment to off a killer. Working for a government agency set up to control rogue paranormals, her job is pretty isolated. When her job goes wrong and entangles her with a Master vampire and Alpha werewolf, things cannot get any worse. And then it does. Andrea aka Andy is in a bad position. Her job is not what she thought it was. Now she is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The world building is well done. It has a bit of a Laurell K Hamilton Anita Blake series feel. Then it is mix with a bit of Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series with the shifter type. Then finally a touch of Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter can be detected. If you enjoyed any of those series, this is a must read author. The characters are well done. I really liked Andy. Her conflict with a Master Vampire is amusing. Her fight to stay solitary is what pulls a reader to her. Andy is so alone and it is a bit melancholy. Still, she keeps doing what she thinks is right.
This story moves at a good pace and right after finishing it, a reader will want to dive into the next book. The plot contains a couple of twists which keeps a reader engaged. The sexual tension also adds a sexy layer. I liked the slightly creepy vampires. They are amusing. The dominance from the alpha werewolf, Wick, can come across annoying for those who do not like D/s. For those that do, a reader may keep screaming at Andy to just submit. Really, for D/s lovers, the males in here are very hard to resist, even if they are a bit domineering and need a good slap upside the head. Recommended for paranormal romance readers who enjoy a tough female lead.
* Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.