Saturday, March 26, 2011

An Assassin’s Touch


Title: An Assassin’s Touch
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-802-4
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Shane’s a leopard so he’s used to the other coalition members treating him like he’s crazy. He’s also used to being alone since everyone knows leopards don’t have the ability to love. If that’s true, then why is he still craving the tasty panther he had at Christmas?

I became a huge fan of Ms. Hecht’s The Lost Shifters series with the first book, and while I have loved each story, there have been two characters whose stories I was really looking forward to reading. One was Carson from Savage Awakenings and the other is Shane. Each of the men were outcasts within the coalition and I wondered how the author would work around that. With Carson, it was easy to imagine the coalition members changing how they saw at him. With Shane, however, it’s hard to see that ever happening and the opening scene is a great example why.

Once Trevor comes into the story, it soon becomes clear that it no longer matters what the rest of the coalition thinks, as these two just can’t help but be drawn to each other. It also explains why the author had to break Shane’s story down into two books, as Trevor is just as complex as Shane. These two men fill a space within the other that has been empty for too long and the need they have for each other comes through clearly. The attraction between them is so intense that they heat up the pages. Just as it seems that the two may be able to have a relationship, the author ends the story on a cliff hanger.

An Assassin’s Touch is one of the best stories in the series to date and is full of passion and intrigue that will hold the readers attention, leaving them waiting impatiently for the second part to be released.

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