Dangerous Shift

Dangerous Shift

by Jill James


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(Shifters of San Laura, Book 1)Some people get up in the morning and decide what to wear. Lt. Nikki Hill gets up in the morning and decides whether to be male or female. Discover the Shifters of San Laura. HE IS MR. BY-THE-BOOK, WITH A SECRET...Shapeshifters live among us. Lt. Sean Evans is one of them; a member of the Shapeshifter Task Force in San Laura, California. Only the highest echelons of law enforcement, the military, science, and medical fields know they exist--until now, when a fatal virus is killing his kind, and Sean will take all the help he can get.SHE IS A LOOSE CANNON WITH AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM...With Shapeshifters dying across the country, reinforcements are called in from around the United States. Lt. Nikki Hill of Missouri is partnered up with Lt. Evans. They quickly butt heads over everything, from proper police procedures to personal beliefs. But one thing is clear; they both want to stop the virus from claiming another shifter.TOGETHER, THEY JUST MIGHT CATCH A KILLER.Just as they realize the virus is the work of a serial killer, members of their own families are stricken. With the disease's deadly circle widening to encompass friends, family, and even themselves, they turn to each other for love and support. Can they survive long enough to stop an Extinction Level Event for Shapeshifters?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478163213
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Series: Shifters of San Laura , #1
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Jill James didn't start out wanting to be an author. Along the way she wanted to be an astronaut, President of the United States, a lawyer, and a doctor. Once married with children she realized she could be all those things; in the pages of the stories she wrote.

She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is the inspiration for all her romance novel heroes.

Jill writes contemporary and paranormal romance.

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Dangerous Shift 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book takes a completely different take on the shapeshifter world and I liked it...after I grasped the intricacies of it. In Jill James shapeshifter world, the shapeshifters have complete control over their appearance. They can control whether they are male or female, can change their proportions, and can shift to look like other people. Each shapeshifter has a natural male and female form although one of those is always their dominant form...the one that they are most at ease in. The two forms have different personalities though...i.e. if the female form is more happy-go-lucky, the male version will be more straight-laced. The two sides are a kind of yin/yang of an entire person. It's a really interesting premise and one that I wouldn't think could work for a romance novel, but it really does! I'm really impressed with this book. The premise is that someone is killing shapeshifters by infecting them with a horrible disease. It's a really gruesome horrible way to die as the disease makes them shift faster than their body can accommodate until their body literally gives way. So far, the disease has been centralized on the two coasts and there is a task force on the West Coast trying to track it down. But in their investigations, the task force has taken a hard hit of its personnel, so Nikki has come in from Missouri to help out. She's paired up with Sean and they don't mesh well at first. Nikki has a laid-back personality...always cracking jokes. Sean is at his limit with the stress of watching his friends die these gruesome deaths. As they work together, these two start to develop a deep respect for each other as well as an attraction. But when they act on that attraction, well then things just become a WHOLE LOT more complicated. From that point on in this book, I could not put it down. It's a great suspense book because you never know what's going to happen around the next corner. I liked the intricacies that developed from the whole male/female side of shapeshifters. When Nikki couldn't deal anymore with Sean, then Nick showed up. He's a much more restrained, tough-guy version of Nikki and I liked him too, but my heart hurt for Nikki that this was the only way she could deal with Sean. And I hurt for Sean because that's how Nikki chose to deal with him. Lots of great emotion here. There's a lot to this world that is unknown even within the population. There aren't that many shapeshifters in the world and they are trying to save their civilization. Issues of human/shapeshifting matings appear along with the bigotry of that. There's also bigotry between humans and shapeshifters....on both sides. It was a great book that offered both viewpoints. There's a lot of emotion to the book...both from the trauma of the disease and with simple life issues. It's an extremely well-rounded read and I highly recommend it! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the paranormal who has read many shapeshifter stories it's difficult to find an author who can put a unique spin on a well-used theme.  Jill James is that author, who with her release Dangerous Shift, has put a new spin on the tried and true shapeshifter myth.  Her shapeshifters can morph into the opposite sex with each sex having their own personalities.  For the characters in this story who are cops, this kind of change can be quite useful and plays a vital role in bringing the villain to justice. Nikki, in her female form, is one tough cookie who needs no man to protect her. She can be flippant at times and jumps the gun before thinking but she's serious when the case gets deadlier and hits home.  Her other half Nick is calm and full of zen and he's useful to have when Nikki needs a calming influence.  She wasn't interested in relationships until she met Sean.  He's the exact opposite of her but something clicks between them immediately and their first encounter binds them in an unexpected way that Nikki fights every step of the way.  Not until heartache strikes her and her mortality closes in does she admit the truth about her feelings and I wanted to shake her silly for waiting so long. Sean is a serious man who's been surrounded by death with the loss of his partner, friend, and relative.  These losses weigh heavily on him, as does the truth of his lineage which when discovered by Nikki puts their relationship in jeopardy because of her prejudices.  We don't really see his other half Shauna but a clever plan to trap the villain shows just how talented Sean is in shifting into other people.  Sean is extremely loyal and devoted and won't let Nikki push him away no matter how hard she tries.  When he literally puts his life on the line for her you know we have the quintessential hero and I was completely in love with him. The villain in this story is truly vile by thinking that their act of genocide is justice.  We see early on who the villain is and their reason behind their deeds, but it's a connection to a secondary character that's most surprising and takes the story to an even more emotionally intense level.  Also intense is the sexual interludes between Nikki and Sean.  There's sexual tension from the start and once they hit the sheets they connect on an unexpected mystical level that very few of their kind experience. This was a very satisfying read that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.  With two headstrong lead characters you know that their HEA won't come easily, which makes the story's culmination even more satisfying.  With a credible villain and unexpected deaths, the reader is on an emotional roller coaster that speeds along to its heartwarming conclusion.  Fans of the paranormal will find this book a wonderful addition to the genre and here's hoping this isn't our last visit to this intriguing world Jill James has created.
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