Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Shifting Heat by Lynne Connolly

Andros was a severely disabled geek working for STORM but now he’s a powerful shape-shifting dragon. Still a geek though. Meeting Faye when they’re sharing the same air space is a bit of a shock they quickly overcome in a convenient hotel room. Hot, fast, rampant sex is just what Andros needs. Tangling with Faye between the sheets, against her desk, pretty much anywhere he can have her takes energy Andros now has in abundance. But he won’t let his emotions follow.

Faye never met anyone in her long life as exciting as Andros. But he works for STORM, Faye’s enemy. She’s never had anyone so young, either. But she can’t resist his strength, his determination—or his ripped body. Together they must hunt down a mutual enemy, but to defeat him they have to come to terms with what they are, were and will become.

I didn’t read the blurb, as is usual with me because I like surprises. This was a nice surprise. Dragon shifters. Not only was it a dragon shifter, but it also dealt with the very striking reality of a man who had, previous to STORM “curing” him by giving him the opportunity to become a Talent, been disabled. (Talents encompass many special abilities.) I liked the fact Andros had a flaw, it made him so much more human, and he was very grateful he’d been given the chance to live a better life without pain.

I was endeared to Faye right away. She breaks into the STORM building, thinking she’s doing a good thing to help Talents who want to remain anonymous. She’s following directions, not realising she’s being manipulated. She’d already met Andros, having needed him to steal his ankle bracelet that would allow her unrestricted access into STORM, and I must say, their meeting in the sky as dragons was beautiful. I felt the flight, the air, the sky dance—really lovely, almost like a delicately orchestrated ballet.

So, Faye breaks in, succeeds in her task, and wonders why it had all been so easy… Things start happening, showing her she’d been used, and as she comes to terms with that, plus the burgeoning feelings she has for Andros, and also finding out that STORM are nothing like she’s been led to believe, I felt sorry for her. She had so much information to process, it wouldn’t have surprised me if she’d broken down. But, it’s clear right from the start she’s a feisty little number, and Faye takes charge of her emotions and joins STORM, righting the wrongs.

The love affair between Andros and Faye is great, their arc an interesting journey as both have issues they need to deal with. But despite the conflict, they battle through. I liked Faye being older than Andros. It made for some worrying moments for Faye, whether or not it was the right thing to do by being with him. And we’re talking many years difference here, not your average cougar and cub! But age doesn’t matter, disability doesn’t matter. When Andros has to have his shifter status removed for a plan to catch the bad guy, Faye gets to see him in a very different light—and herself.

As I mentioned, there’s a bad guy (and a bad woman, yippee!) who you will love to dislike. You’ll want Faye, Andros and STORM to catch them and put everything to rights. You’ll root for them all!

…an all-over golden tan—shit, all over—… (LOL!)

…had planned on a hundred years, maybe two, of the carefree single life. (This really brought it home to me just how long these shifters live. One or two hundred years of the single life before considering settling down? Oh my word! My mind went off to thinking at this point, imagining this scenario as real. Gawd, that’s one hell of a long life! Glad it made me think, though. I had a jolly few minutes playing “what if…?”)

He pronounced it “blut”. (Funniest line in the book. REALLY funny. It’s because of the description of the man prior to this, which tickled my funny bone anyway, and then him really getting into role with his speech… This was a Get-Funny-Looks-From-Family-Members moment as Mum laughed maniacally while wiping the tears away. They rolled their eyes, stared for a bit, then looked away as though there was no hope for me.)

Top image: …an arm that changed to a wing partway through its trajectory.

A bloody brilliant contemporary from Lynne Connolly and, let’s be honest here, I didn’t expect anything less. She always delivers, always gives a tale 100%, and always leaves me satisfied with what I’ve read. Fantastic!

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