Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Title: Shifter
Author: Jace Payne
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-580-1
Genre: {M/M}, {M/M/M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

After four years, Kayden is heading home.  While he’s looking forward to returning home, nothing can prepare him for the changes he finds, especially those caused by his ex.

Shifter is the first book in the Dark South series by author Jace Payne.  This is an interesting shape-shifter story that will pull you in from the first page.  In some ways, this story takes readers back to the old time shifters we grew up with.  Humans know nothing of the paranormal world that exists around them and a bite from a shifter will turn a victim on the next full moon.  At the same time, this story keeps the intensity level at the height readers have come to expect in their books today. 

Kayden is human and after being attacked by his ex, his world begins to change.  He does not know what’s going on with him and, when he is told what to expect, he’s not too sure he really believes it.  Paul is a feline shifter who has found refuge with Kayden’s parents.  Like Kayden, Paul’s introduction into the shifter world was also the result of a violent attack.  The attraction between these two men is instant.  I loved the way Kayden reacts when he sees Paul for the first time and had to laugh a time or two.  The men move from strangers to lovers in a short period time and the love scenes between them are hot. 

This story has a lot going on, and it would be very easy to unintentionally give too much away.  There are some unexpected turns in Shifter that will surprise readers.  I did not see some of those twists coming and think others will be just as surprised.  There are several secondary characters that help move the story along.  Not all of them are likeable and some of the secondary characters call out for stories of their own. 

Shifter by Jace Payne is a well written paranormal story that is sure to bring the author many new fans.   I am curious to see the direction the author has planned for this series and hope the next book will be out soon.

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