He's one of the most powerfully sexy men she has ever met. He's a jaguar out to claim and protect his mate.
Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge jaguar saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast's fangs and claws--or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds...
Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars--who hunt down maneaters--she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears. A fierce creature of the night whose nature is to protect his female at any cost...
About the Author
A.C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently lives with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn't stopped since. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!
A.C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently lives with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters, and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!
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By A. C. Arthur
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2012 A. C. Arthur
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Two Years Later
It came again last night.
The dream, that is.
With its usual dismal terror it filled her night with an eerie darkness that was still holding on in the early-morning hours. It had taken her longer than usual to shake free of the hazy memory this time, a fact made clear by the late hour she'd stumbled into the shower.
Head tilted back, eyes closed, Kalina let the warm water run over her face. For just a second she was back in that alley, lying on the cold ground as rain began to fall. Those minutes seemed like hours, the fear of him hurting her, possibly killing her becoming a permanent part of her existence. Her heart hammered in her chest but she refused to open her eyes, refused the rescue she knew was there.
It was years ago; she should be over it by now. She'd tried to convince herself and everyone else around her that she was. But the dream just kept coming. The man who saved her life always appeared in the shadow of the night. And so did the beast. She could differentiate between the two, but didn't know for sure if she was supposed to. All she knew was that it was crazy to still have such a vivid memory of that night. She barely remembered the name of the jerk who had attacked her and later died for his efforts, yet she remembered the eyes of the beast.
The dream was always the same, the one she'd had countless times before with the huge black cat that scared the crap out of her.
Okay, to be fair, all cats, even the pudgy calico belonging to her next-door neighbor Mrs. Gilbert, made her nervous. She'd never liked cats, ever. As a little girl she'd crossed the street whenever one was in her direct path. The exact reason why, she'd never been able to pinpoint, just that she didn't like to look at them or hear them.
But in this dream she did both.
She heard its menacing growl as if they were in a cavern, its echo causing her body to tremble. She'd seen it, looked into the yellow-green eyes, felt as if it were speaking to her, and was always left with the same feeling — need. Aside from her terror of the deadly animal, the draw to it was undeniable. Its roar was like a broken cry, a ravaged request for something she didn't know she could give. That was silly, of course, and she usually brushed it off in favor of the scared-as-hell aspect of the dream. Or nightmare, she corrected. Still, there was something that kept the memory of that beast killing the asshole lower-level drug carrier — who'd gotten it into his mind that their deal should be sealed with sex instead of good clean American dollars — alive in her mind.
Six weeks of therapy during her medical leave from the Metropolitan Police Department, and what seemed like endless sessions at which she kept her real feelings inside, revealed she'd despised the drug dealer too much to really harbor any deep emotion about the attack. The fact that she'd managed to somehow break his neck and get away looked good on her employment record. So good that, two years later, she'd received this sweet undercover assignment that could expose an up-and-coming cartel in South America. She supposed she should thank the spineless drug-dealing bastard for something.
Then again, maybe she should have been thanking the beast she was positive had really been the killer. The one she purposely didn't mention to anyone after the attack, or ever. Nobody would believe her. Worse, she would have been demoted to a desk job for sure. Or even dismissed from duty for insanity. And everything she'd worked for, the life and the safety net she'd built for herself, would be destroyed. That wasn't an option for Kalina. So the big black cat with eerie eyes was her secret, one she would never reveal.
The warm water sluicing over her body as she stretched languorously in the shower almost seduced her to stay. The knowledge that she had an important job to do cut the shower short.
She'd just belted her robe and opened the bathroom door when she heard the doorbell. It was way too early for visitors so as she padded through the living room to answer it, she assumed it was Mrs. Gilbert coming to borrow something. The minute her hand touched the knob Kalina felt something. A trickling down her spine, like a warning, had her pausing. Turning the knob, she opened the door and was startled to see a man standing there instead of Mrs. Gilbert.
"Good morning, I have a delivery for a Kalina Harper. Is that you?"
His lips were moving and she heard him speaking but Kalina was more concerned with the growing heat of her body. The robe suddenly felt itchy against her skin; her nipples puckered and she shivered. It was the strangest thing, like a rush of arousal or sudden awareness that she was all female.
"Oh." She cleared her throat, pulled the lapels of her robe closer together. "Yes. I am. Thank you."
His extended arm held an envelope. Kalina reached for it. Their fingers touched and his gaze captured hers. He was tall and lean, his skin an olive tone, his eyes dark. Darker than any she'd ever seen.
"You're welcome," he said, a slow smile beginning to form.
Kalina pulled her hand away, took a step back, and closed the door. His eyes were different, and his smile was ... she didn't quite know. The whole exchange had been strange.
"No, you're the strange one," she berated herself.
All this reminiscing about beasts in the night and cats across the hall had her jumping at shadows. She didn't have time for this; she was already running late. And that wasn't going to look good to her superiors.
* * *
Dressing quickly, Kalina was out of her apartment and on her way into the office half an hour later. This was her world, the one where she was an important officer of the law making a contribution to lives of others. It was her purpose, one she'd never felt she had before. She was no longer the orphan with no one to love and accept her, bouncing from one foster home to the next. No, this time she was exactly where she wanted to be. If lately there'd been a burning need for something more, that didn't matter. There was nothing more, at least not for her. Reaching for the impossible was a waste of time, a distraction she couldn't afford. Nothing besides her commitment to her job was important.
The envelope she'd received this morning, however, might be. So she pulled into the parking garage, parked her car, and opened it.
Something fell out into her lap. It was a photo. Flipping it over, Kalina felt her heart skip a beat then rapidly thump in her chest. It was a picture of her, the night she was attacked. Actually, she remembered as she continued to stare at the picture, it was just before the attack occurred.
Five minutes, that was all she was giving herself. Five minutes to feel concerned, even a little bit afraid. Resting her forehead on the steering wheel, she breathed in and out deeply. She wasn't doing this, fear was not going to dictate her actions. Not again.
Another fifteen minutes passed before Kalina walked through the double glass doors of Reynolds & Delgado, its name written in block letters just above the receptionist's desk. The decor was classy, rich but not overstated, professional but not stuffy. She walked across the glossed wood floor of the empty reception area through an archway; it gave way to a deep blue carpet that muffled the sound of her heels.
Accounting was down the hall and to the right on the fifth floor of the Reynolds Building in downtown DC. The sixth and seventh floors also housed members of the firm, while the first four floors were reserved for parking, and the remaining upper seven floors were occupied by tenants. Her desk was directly across from the office of the chief financial officer, as her position was accounts payable technician. This meant she processed all the outgoing moneys for the firm. It was exactly where she needed to be to trace the money going to South America. All those night courses she'd taken in economics, finance, and accounting had finally paid off.
Settling at her desk, she'd already started convincing herself that the photo was some kind of joke. Maybe from her coworkers at the precinct — they all had sick senses of humor in the narcotics division. Satisfied with that impromptu explanation, she put her purse in the drawer and booted up her computer.
As she waited for the computer to come to life, her throat felt dry. Actually it was more like her tongue felt too thick for her mouth, her back teeth aching a bit. This was something else that had been going on for a couple of weeks, another weird issue she refused to accept as important. Standing, she decided a cup of coffee would be good to get her started. Dan Mathison, the CFO and her immediate supervisor, wouldn't be in for another hour and the two remaining members of the department weren't in yet, so she still had time.
"He's got to be the sexiest man alive," Pam Winston, the fifth-floor receptionist, said with a sigh.
She hadn't been at her desk when Kalina first entered the office, and with a tinge of dread Kalina picked up her pace as she approached the reception desk now.
"At the very least the sexiest in DC," Pam continued.
"Yes, ma'am, I certainly agree." This was Ava Jackson, the paralegal from the estates and trusts department, which was on the other side of the floor.
But just about every time Kalina went to the kitchen these ladies were conversing at the receptionist's desk. She hated that she had to pass this area to get to the kitchen and her desired cup of coffee. Office gossip was another thing that made this particular assignment a headache. And just about every time she walked past these two they were talking about men. Today was no different.
"But he's so angry all the time," Ava was saying.
"I wouldn't say angry, maybe just grouchy." Pam contemplated for a second. "Still, he's the boss, so he can afford to act any way he pleases. And he still looks good. You see him yet this morning?"
"Uh-huh. What's he wearing today?" Ava asked with her contact-gray eyes growing larger.
"That navy-blue suit, the one with the stripes," Pam said, picking up a piece of the mail she was supposed to be opening and then distributing, using it instead to fan herself.
"And the ice-blue tie over the crisp white shirt. Girl, I see him in that every night in my dreams. Love when he wears that suit. Absolutely love it!"
They both laughed loudly as Kalina proceeded to walk by, wishing she'd had simple dreams about a man instead of a cat. This job wasn't permanent for her so making friends with the staff — these particular staff members — wasn't a requirement. Still, she tried to be as cordial as possible, even though their incessant gossiping made her want to poke their eyes out. "Good morning, ladies," she said with a smile that was as fake as the one each of the women was tossing her way.
Pam was a heavyset woman who paid a great deal of attention to her clothes, hair, nails, and makeup. Each day she was flawless, Kalina noted, everything matching right down to the fake tips on her fingernails. Today the color was orange, and it wouldn't have been bad if it weren't overdone, which was always the case with Pam. She twirled one jet-black curl between her fingers, orange rhinestone-encrusted nails clicking together as she did. "Good morning, Kalina."
That shouldn't have sounded snotty, but to Kalina's well-trained ears it did. She ignored it and attempted to keep walking.
"So what do you think about him?" Ava, dressed in a white linen pantsuit with turquoise stilettos that were meant more for the stripper pole than the office, asked her.
Pam expounded, "Since you're new here, we were just wondering what you think about the boss."
"Which one?" she asked absently, as if she hadn't heard their previous conversation.
Ava nodded as if in agreement. "Mr. Delgado is fine, too. But we were talking about Mr. Reynolds."
"I think they're both fantastic lawyers."
Pam's peach-glossed lips turned up while Ava muttered, "Right. Okay."
Kalina didn't stand still long enough to hear the rest of the conversation, and she couldn't care less what they thought of her because of it. Or what they thought of Roman Reynolds. He might be their boss, but he was her suspect. End of story.
Back at her desk with a steaming-hot cup of coffee in hand, she chided herself for thinking about the tall, dark- skinned man with midnight-colored eyes and football-player build. As her fingers moved over the keyboard, she ignored the clench between her thighs while she envisioned his semi-thick lips, strong arms, and big hands.
She'd done a lot of background investigating on Roman Reynolds, age thirty-five, single and sinfully sexy. He was a reputed recluse, one with a hefty bank account and hundreds of women vying for his attention. He was a successful litigation attorney who lived in the Forest Hills District and drove a sleek black Mercedes GL550 SUV.
Finally, though, he was her suspect, not her lover. No matter how much she fantasized otherwise.
* * *
There were some people who were born to suffer. Right or wrong didn't matter much. Only the end result was important.
Roman Reynolds sighed, sitting in his high-backed leather office chair looking out the window to the streets of Washington, DC. He was wondering if this was where he was supposed to be.
It seemed he'd come so far in his thirty-five years of life. He'd been through so much and felt, deep within himself, that there was much more to come. More that he couldn't predict but needed to stop. Responsibility weighed on his shoulders heavily, starting with the death of his parents and leading up to the prospect of even more death. It was up to him to do something, to protect the people he cared about, to make the madness stop. Rome didn't take his responsibility lightly.
That was unfortunate for whoever made an enemy of him.
Work was his life, and his life was dedicated to the safety of his people. If he'd had a choice, the circumstances would be different. But he didn't and so it just was.
"You wanted to see me?"
The voice snapping him out of his reverie was that of Dominick Delgado, his partner and best friend. Turning away from the window and looking up to see Nick peeking into his office, Rome nodded. "Come on in and lock the door."
What they were about to discuss wasn't law-firm business, and Rome didn't want any of the staff accidentally walking in and overhearing them.
"What's up?" Nick asked after walking confidently across the carpeted floor to take a seat in one of the guest chairs.
"Any more news about the attacks?"
Senator Mark Baines and his daughter had been murdered after leaving a fund-raiser three weeks ago. The bodies, found two days after they were reported missing, were mutilated. The report had made Rome uneasy and some of the other shifters suspicious.
"Rogues," Nick said simply. "I checked with the other Faction Leaders and they're reporting similar movement in their zones. They're definitely making a move."
Rome sighed. This news wasn't shocking. But it wasn't what he wanted to hear. They knew about the Rogues — every Faction Leader in every time zone knew about them. They were a group of shifters, defectors from every tribe, who instead of trying to live peacefully among the humans believed they were the superior species. They wanted money and power and had long since carried their rebellious movement against the Assembly and the tribes out of the forest.
"Do we have identification?"
Nick shrugged. "Supposition. Nothing definite. But it could be a problem."
"It could be a big problem. Any thoughts on how to cut it off as soon as possible?"
"Find them and kill them," Nick stated coldly.
"You make it sound so simple, killing people."
His friend shrugged. "Self-preservation. That's all it is. We need to either exist as one united front or not exist at all. I don't know about you but I'm partial to waking up each morning and breathing freely."
"It's that serious." It was a statement, not a question, because Rome knew that what his longtime friend was saying was absolutely true. "Our parents were putting things in place to deal with this. Maybe we should follow their lead."
Nick's parents were deceased, just like Rome's. They'd died in a car crash about five years ago. Nick didn't speak about it much and Rome understood why, so normally he didn't bring it up. They both had dark pasts, secrets that were probably better left alone. But if dredging up some of that old business could help in the here and now, they had no choice.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Should we always understand why we are drawn to someone? What should have been a routine investigation for Kalina Harper has turned into anything but that. She knows sneaking around Roman Reynolds office is beyond a bad idea but it is something she was assigned to do. Roman is not at all what he appears to be yet Kalina is not sure what that something is that she is unable to see. There is a shadow world that Roman prowls and protects. Roman now feels that overwhelming need to do all those things with Kalina including possess her and the motivation is unclear. He scents that she may be his perfect match yet she is caught in one lie after another making him wonder if he can trust his own feelings about her. The parts that are missing for Kalina are the same for Roman, family. They are surrounded by people that know them, and yes care for them but no one truly belongs to them. There is a battle brewing between factions of Romans world and he sees the only constant to be Kalina. Does Kalina see the same in Roman or is he just another job to be completed. Then there is the darkest secret of all that Kalina must reveal that she is not even sure she herself understands. The more Kalina spends time with Roman the more she realizes that business does not mix well with pleasure and Roman is an expert at giving her pleasure. A.C. Arthur has hit everything right with this book with an ability to have as much romance as there is character tension. Nothing goes smoothly but Ms. Arthur shows it can all come together when written with pizazz.
I really liked this book , I was not sure about this book because a previous book of this kind that she wrote. This book was A.C. at her best it was sexy , exciting and it is hot !!! I cant wait to read the next book I know it will be even better.
Good read, likable characters, well written. exciting and seductive
Highly recommended! The story was complex and interesting and the romance/yumminess is there but not too much. I just love shifter series.
Wow! I must say AC Arthur is absolutely awesome! I was hesitant to purchase this as I am not a fan of the paranormal genre. But the storyline is great. The main and secondary characters as well as the underlying mystery make this book a serious page turner. Anyone who says this book is boring is having a serious off day. Or maybe just can't read?? LOL... Boredom and this book do not go hand in hand. READ IT. And visit AC's web page for more great reads and events!
Reviewed by Molly Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Oh.My.God. I am in love with A.C. Arthur’s new series, Shadow Shifters. Temptation Rising is the first book and from start to finish I was absolutely hooked. From page one, there is a suspenseful plot line, and it just kept getting better and better. The characters of the story reached out and gripped me, making me a part of their story and it was an incredible roller coaster ride! Kalina was attacked 2 years ago and was rescued by and unnaturally large cat like creature. She’s never forgotten that day, nor has she forgotten the cat that rescued her. She dreams of that night most every night, and it leaves her looking over her shoulder. Problem is, she’s a cop and can’t afford to be on edge. When word of drug dealings makes it to her she’s assigned as an undercover agent and seeks employment the Reynolds, Delgado Law Firm. Her suspect: the hotter-than-hell attorney, Roman Reynolds. Roman Reynolds has never forgotten the scent that attracted him two years ago to a woman in need of rescuing. It’s a shock to him to see her standing in his office, employed by his firm. It instantly makes him feel things he’s never felt for anyone and, with a war about to rage among his tribe, he’ll do what ever he can to keep the sexy accountant safe…..and in his life forever. With amazing suspense and sizzling sparks, Arthur creates a fantastic cast of characters that have secrets and lust and so much more. Each page brought something new to the story, each turn had a new sizzling spark or piece to a puzzle. By the end of the story, though, you’ll need a fan and tall glass of ice water to cool off! This is definitely a highly recommended novel to all paranormal romance lovers out there. From start to finish, you’ll be engrossed in a new series of shifting cats and the women they’ll do anything to protect. I am already on edge waiting for September to come….it brings the release of Nick’s story, Seduction’s Shift, book 2 in this fantastic series!
This is a great read! A.C. Arthur did her thing with this one. Shifter romance is my favorite genre. When it’s well written; that’s a bonus. This book is a 5 star read. Roman Reynolds is a sexy attorney who happens to be a jaguar shifter accused and suspected of crimes he did not commit. Sexy, wealthy and high powered all wrapped up into a delicious package. Kalina Harper is a police officer who wants has aspirations of being an agent taking her career to the next level. When these two meet, their individual plans turn into a joint venture. This book has everything from lust, love, passion, mating, danger, intrigue, deception, extremely hot sex and raw power all wrapped up into an incredible read. We highly recommend this book as well as the others in the series. Pick up your copy today. Be sure to get all the books in the series at once. You will not be disappointed. Tasha, Divas of the Serengeti Book Club
Oh how I fell in love with this series of books!!!
This is my second time reading this book. I am vary happy to report that I have completely enjoyed this story again. I picked up many details of it that I may have missed the first time. In addition to having a better understanding of the characters that I have come love; see the plot more clearly. I plan to re-read the whole series. Loved It! Thanks!
Temptation Rising is book one in The Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur. With this series, I first read the last book released and vowed to go back and start at the beginning. I am so glad I did. I loved this book. These are dark, broody, and very sexy jaguar shifters that are working so hard to fit into our civilized world unseen. They just want to be productive members of our world. But there are forces that are against them. Rogues that feel that they are superior to humans and want nothing but power and will stop at nothing to get it. Roman Reynolds is a faction leader amongst his kind. He lives and works as an attorney in Washington, D.C. but also leads other jaguar shifters like him in his area. Two years ago, Rome just happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness an attack on a woman. He intervened and saved her life after shifting into his jaguar form and killing her attacker. But before he could speak to the woman he saved, she was gone. He has never been able to get her out of his mind, her face, her scent. Until she simply walked into his office at his law office. Kalina Harper is a cop with the Metro Police Department narcotics unit. She still dreams of that night two years ago and what she thought she saw and heard. She can still see the glowing eyes and hear the roars but there are no big cats in DC. It must have been her imagination due to the trauma of the attack. She’s good at her job and has been recruited by the DEA to work undercover to dig up information on Roman Reynolds. They suspect him of running drugs. Kalina is working as an accountant in his law office and spends her time digging through everything she can find to get the information she needs to prove him guilty. Everything changed, though, the day she walked in to his office and met Rome for the first time face to face. Rome can’t believe it’s her, after all this time dreaming of her. What is it about her that won’t let him go? Why can’t he get her off his mind? He doesn’t believe in old jaguar shifter tales that shifters have a destined mate and that once they bond, that they are mated for a lifetime. He needs to be concentrating on his duties as faction leader. The rogues are getting bolder and more violent and they must be stopped before the humans figure out who and what they are. They have to be kept a secret. Somehow, though, Kalina figures in to all of this. The rogues are following her and watching her. They have tried to take her more than once. Why do they want her? He doesn’t know why but he has to protect her. He can’t let them have her. Because he must have her. “The cat wanted Kalina. The man craved her. They both would have her.” “You are for me, Kalina. Only for me.” I really loved this book. I love the world that Ms. Arthur has created with the shifters living and working right under our noses without us even realizing they are there. The sexy scenes in this book are hot, steamy and perfect. It is also filled with intense action and gripping nail biting scenes as Rome and his group strive to stop the rogues before they are discovered. Kalina and Rome were perfect together and it was awesome watching them fight each other or attempt to fight what was fated to be. I can’t wait to continue on to book two, Seduction’s Shift which is Nick Delgado’s story.
So incredibly boring and unoriginal.
Wow! I just finished reading Temptation Rising and my mind is blown. This is the first paranormal story I've read and I didn't expect to like it. I've been proven wrong. In fact, I LOVED IT, especially how the writer captured the animal magnetism and sexual prowess of big cats. There was one scene where I had to take pause because it was bordering on bestiality. But she walked the line successfully. Kudos to AC Arthur. It's great to find unexpected pleasures in fiction. ...something different. Now on to Seduction's Shift (#2 in the Shadow Shifters Series).
This was a read..however the only drawback for me personally, I'm not a cat lover.....to many walking around amongst us.
Temptation Rising is the first installment of the Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur. I have two words for you- Num Yummy. I actually read the the second book first, which, I know is almost always a mistake. Fortunately I did like the second book enough to go back and read the first.... thank god.... because AC knocks it out of the park. I was drawn in from page one and didn't want to put it down till the very end. As I knew it would, Temptation Rising filled in all of the gaps and information that I wanted to know about while reading book two-Seduction's Shift. Gah! Now I really can't wait for the next book to come out. Oiy Roman is the definition of Apha, and I have to admire Kalina's strength of willpower. I mean, sheesh, the woman shuts down his every advance for far longer than any normal woman should be capable of considering the heat between the two. Right now Kalina Harper's sole focus is on securing a position with as DEA agent, and the assignment that will help her achieve just that is seriously putting her willpower to the test. She is to go undercover as an account assistant at the law firm of Reynolds & Delgado to dig up the dirty on the head honcho himself, Roman Reynolds. Unfortunately, after having worked at the firm for a couple of weeks she is unable to find any evidence that the man is in any way dirty. So she decides to break into his office after hours hoping to find something incriminating on his personal computer. Enter Roman Reynolds. Roman is one of the partners of Reynolds & Delgado and is also the faction leader of the Shadow shifter tribe based in the US. When he walks out of the bathroom and into his office to find Kalina trying to hack into his computer he is taken back in time. He knows that this is the woman he had saved two years ago, and hadn't been able to forget ever since. Only, she doesn't know it was him that had saved her because he had been in his Jaguar form at the time. This time Roman is determined not to let her get away, and to claim her as his own. But first he has to convince her that she is his, and keep his arch nemisis, Sabar, from taking her from him.
This was a very interesting book. Normally I don't read this type of book.( I.e. shadow shifters, etc. ) But this one was REALLY goid and well written. I had to read this one again to prepare for book #2. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens with Nick & Ary. Hot!!
I love this book and can't wait until tomarrow for the second book to come out about Nick. This book started off kinda slow but, after a couple of pages it gets interesting and exciting. I love books like this. Please continue to come out with more.
Would not recommend this book. I jumped from the 4th chapter to the end because the story was so boring and just drawn out. Only purchased this book based on a book club suggestion, and I am so disappointed. Only read if the book could be lended to you.
Having been spoiled by Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due, I get a little skeptical when choosing to read new supernatural or science fiction books. Especially when they are also part of the romance genre. The recently passed authors L.A. Banks and Monica Jackson were masters at this subject. Because I've read most of A.C. Arthur's romances, I was interested to see what she had in store with Temptation Rising and I was not disappointed. Kalina Harper is a police officer in Washington, DC who is dedicated to her job and mostly keeps to herself. She is plagued by dreams of the attack on her two years ago by a low level drug dealer. Someone (or something) came to her aid and pulled the man off of her. Kalina didn't get a good look at the man who saved her, but she can't shake the feeling of the presence of a beast as well. And were they one and the same. Now Kalina has been assigned an undercover position as an accountant at the law firm of Reynolds & Delgado to determine if they are linked to a South American drug organization. Her new boss, Roman Reynolds, is a great lawyer, but he is also a shapeshifting jaguar who will finally answer the questions of what happened to her that night. This first entry into the Shadow Shifters series was quite interesting and enjoyable. In addition to witnessing the growing attraction between Kalina and Roman (very steamy), we are also shown the history of the Shifters and the infighting that is threatening their existence. It's standard in stories like this to show the power struggles that happen when humans are given special powers. There is always a faction that wants to use it to help the world and another that wants to rule it. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the forthcoming books in the series.
This is an awesome book. Face pace and HOT!! I love it can't wait for the next installment. I love, love this book.