PJV Quickie: I have been singing the praises of this book to anyone who will listen: A strong, silent hero and a heroine turned werewolf against her will with a crazed pack out to steal her – what’s not to love?
Title: Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter
Author: Jessica Sims
Type: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 30, 2012 by Pocket Books Romance
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Confession: I have been in a book funk for a couple of weeks, and I picked up Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter as a change from all the angsty YA romance I’ve been reading. Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter is proof that sometimes the “book gods” smile upon you…this was one of the best shapeshifter romances I’ve read in quite some time! I had not read the first book in the series (Beauty Dates the Beast) before I read Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, but I bought it as soon as I finished.
On to the review then…
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter was absolutely adorable! I fell in love with Ramsey at first sight – big and strong, loyal, protective, and very inexperienced in the ways of women. As a heroine, Sara is a very sympathetic character – she’s been living with an abuser for years, and she bears the physical and mental scars from that. Ramsey is patient with her, helping her with her shifting (she was never taught the proper way) and keeping her out of the hands of a potentially abusive werewolf pack. I love when he starts to fix up his den for her and she starts to realize that he’s letting her steer the relationship; together, they make a great couple.
This story was so much fun! There are also some very entertaining side stories happening – Sara and her sister, Bath, run a shapeshifter dating agency, which is kind of neat. Bath is planning her wedding to Beau, and then there’s also Connor, one of the pack wolves, who has feelings for Beau’s sister, whom he got involved with while she was kidnapped. There is a whole cast of interesting secondary characters who have potential stories that I would love to read.
Ms. Sims works the romance and plot together well and paces it so that I’m never bored. There were several spots where I wondered about the worldbuilding, especially in the beginning, but we learned about it along with our heroine, so it was not a problem that I didn’t read the first book before reading Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter.
I absolutely cannot wait until August for the next book, Must Love Fangs.
Fans of shapeshifter romance will absolutely love Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter; great characters, interesting worldbuilding, and a nice romance to keep you turning the pages.
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