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Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never counted on violence finding him, nor could he have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.
When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when the new Chief of Police isn't put off by any of her usual defenses, Jena may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the defenses around her carefully guarded heart.
Posted March 5, 2013
I firmly believe that Elizabeth Hunter is one of the most incredibly talented writers of our time. I found her Elemental Mysteries to be lush and as intricate as a tapestry. Gorgeous from a distance and amazingly intentional and detailed under close inspection. I was tremendously excited upon reading Long Ride Home, the intro to her new series. It had me crying at 40 pages, because in those 40 pages I had already emotionally connected with the characters. Jena and Lowell's love and Lowell's death was so sad and I could fully imagine their pain...my pain...at the loss of your mate.
It was some relief that Jena was able to move forward and heal in time for Shifting Dreams. I think a full novel of that heartbreak would be more than my tear ducts would be willing to accommodate. This is a lovely shifter novel about a segment of our population who have set themselves apart. They have a town, down on it's luck, steeped in tradition, overlapping family lineages, marriages, children, tough economics. There is great comfort that these folks can be themselves without shielding and hiding their complete nature. It could be anywhere, truly. But what would be the ramifications of an off the grid shifter town decided to heighten it's profile to build a resort and create economic means for it's inhabitants? Mental health and safety vs. economic security. Tough call. We see this greater challenge develop as Jena and Caleb the new Police Chief (an outsider) in town dance the dance of attraction. They are adults, reasonable and considerate who woo each other and weigh the risks with the rewards and need.
I enjoyed this story, but I did not sigh and hug my tablet when it was all over. Perhaps I still dream of Carwyn and need to move on. Nonetheless. Elizabeth Hunter is able lull the reader enough to make suspension of belief absolutely believable and almost ordinary.
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Posted August 17, 2013
Posted August 2, 2013
I have read every thing Elizabeth has wrote. She never disappoints. This is another series that I find I want more of. I can't wait to read more. I have recommended this series to friends and will continue to do so. You will not be disappointed. Way to go Elizabeth you've got another hit on your hands!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
When I first read the novella, LONG RIDE HOME, I was so impressed. I know Hunter is an amazing writer after reading her other works: The Elemental Mysteries series & THE GENIUS AND THE MUSE just to name a couple. But what impressed me most was her ability to create a short story so heart wrenching and so captivating. Not many short stories can do that to me. But Hunter nailed it. Why am I talking about LONG RIDE HOME you might ask? Well it is the novella that leads us into SHIFTING DREAMS. A little prelude of what was to come.
Now let’s talk about SHIFTING DREAMS, shall we?
Oh boy, Caleb had no idea what he was getting himself into when he heads out to the desert to take a job as police chief to a small California town. His first night there he meets a gorgeous bartender and thinks that it might not be so bad after all. But soon he starts noticing strange looks among the town’s people and certain things don’t add up. Even more so when there is a murder in the nearly crime free town. Caleb is bound and determined to get to the bottom of it no matter the cost.
Jena wants to forget the night she met the new police chief. Not that anything other than kissing went down, but it would be best for her and her family if this outsider would just leave well enough alone. He doesn’t need to get mixed up in her life and her secrets. Secrets that could cost her her life and that of those she loves. Secrets that the town has kept hidden for years and years.
If you have ever read any of Hunter’s other work you know this lady can write a mean Vampire series. She has even dabbled in Contemporary Fiction (which I happened to love by the way). And now, Hunter can add ‘Shifters’ to her resume. Her writing is impeccable and it just pulls you in. You come out of your book stupor a little depressed that the real world isn't really filled with vamps or shapeshifers. Where’s my Gio…my Carwyn…my Caleb? That’s right ladies they just don’t exist…except in Hunter’s wonderful world of literature.
I am so glad that Hunter did take a new route with Shifters…it just proves she has got what it takes to show readers she isn’t one of those authors who only want to write one certain genre. Her books are different and entertaining and also get a little hot. Well ok, a lot of hot. And SHIFTING DREAMS is no different. It has everything I want in a book and to me I thought it was absolute perfection. I got a great mystery that wasn’t easy to solve, a romance that took its time building up, and an array of characters that could easily keep this series going for a while. Oh yes, lots of hidden stories just waiting to be told.
This is one book you will not want to wait long to read. I read it, I inhaled it, and I fell hopelessly in love with it. I know you will too.
Posted March 14, 2013
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Posted May 12, 2013
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