Friday, June 19, 2015

Heartfelt by Lynn Crandall

Title:  Heartfelt
Series:  Fierce Hearts
Author:  Lynn Crandall
Publication Date:  June 22/15 by Crimson Romance
Length:  200pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The daughter of an alcoholic single mother, Asia Blue learned young that if she wanted to survive, she’d have to take care of herself. Tough and independent, she never encountered a challenge she couldn’t conquer…until Asia discovered she was a were-lynx. Befriending sexy fellow were-lynx Conrad Pike and finding a colony helped her adjust to the startling revelation and get through college.

Now an investigative reporter, Asia faces an entirely different sort of problem when her mother goes missing and she suspects the mysterious Nexus Group…who seem determined to wipe out her colony. She reaches out to Conrad, now an investment banker and serial heartbreaker, for assistance, and they must once again join forces to save their tribe—and her mother.

Will this strong-minded duo risk opening up their hearts and owning up to their long-simmering attraction?

My Review:

This is one of those novels that you simply can’t put down. I read it from start to finish without ever leaving the couch. The world of the paranormal opens up to readers as the suspense of the tale takes hold. Crandall drew me completely into her world of were-cats and nefarious humans, not simply telling me a story but making me part of it. This story is so utterly believable that Crandall’s were cats could easily be living next door to me. I appreciated how Crandall went back and mentioned when and how were-cat genes are expressed and what it means for an individual.

Crandall flips back and forth between the perspectives of the two main characters, giving you the inner track on their versions of the story. It gives readers some fantastic insights into who they are, as well as the full impact of the events on the colony. Getting to know Asia so intimately made her much more approachable than in past novels. She takes centre stage well as a character to be reckoned with. Asia’s ‘issue’ made me laugh. It wasn’t funny for her but definitely made for some comical plot twists. Conrad’s past catches up with him as well, giving you a look at why he acts the way he does. Together, however, these two are loveable & unstoppable.

This well written novel held my attention from cover to cover. Crandall has taken what started as a good series and has turned it into something great.

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