Monday, July 9, 2012

Claiming Shayla

Title:  Claiming Shayla  
Author:  Zena Wynn
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61118-809-7
Genre:  {M/F}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Shayla leaves to go back to her home, unaware that Rory has marked her as his mate.  Rory is not going to let his mate go and hires her to get her back to Refuge.  Can Shayla take her place as the alpha-fem of Rory’s pack? 

The fourth book in the True Mates series was a fitting addition to this series.  Claiming Shayla takes you on a journey that will have the reader outraged at times and laughing the next. The author of this series has a very different way that humans become shifters.  The process is part of the mating heat and involves lots of steamy sex, so a reader might want to keep ice on hand. 

The prejudices and scheming that some pack members do are so true to life.  The author did a good job weaving these twists throughout the story.  All the characters are strong and the women definitely know what they want.  Shayla is no different and keeps Rory very balanced.  Some interactions with the various characters remind me of some of my friends and family as well. 

The author has created a beautiful shifter world that throws in a lot of surprising differences from other shifters.  I really like Ms. Wynn’s world.  Be aware there are actually six stories as two books were published by a different publisher.  While you don’t have to read all the books to understand what is going on, I recommend the reader read them in order, if possible, as some stories overlap in telling about some of the shifters and their problems.  I will definitely be reading this series again.

I would have given this a higher rating; however, some of the typos really jarred me out of the story while reading it.  Claiming Shayla will keep your interest and I really did not want to put it down.

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