IN LIKE A LION
The Chimera Chronicles Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Word Count: 86,673
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Dangerous and forbidden... Research scientist, Dr. Anjali Mehta, lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzingly grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer, Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she's tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a killer--a man behind bars?
What she doesn't know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination, and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge. And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can't believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.
As Anjali stepped out into the corridor, a shout made her freeze.
The exclamation’s guttural force spurred her heartbeat into double time. What the hell?
She tracked the alarming sound to a door with a glass window and peered inside.
In the center of a large room, a shirtless man moved with fluid grace on exercise mats. Karate? Or Tae Kwon Do? That explained the shout. She shrugged.
Before she could slip away, the man turned and came closer. She ducked to the side so he couldn’t catch her watching.
Her breath caught as she saw his lean face.
She swallowed, pulse leaping. God, he was gorgeous. Staring much, Anjali? she admonished herself, scraping together the remnants of logic blown away by the sight of him.
This was just a man, his face, just a pleasing arrangement of features.
Papers on the appeal of symmetry to the human mind had been mandatory reading in some of her classes.
His movements took him deeper into the room and she inched closer again, her long exhale fogging the window in front of her. She didn’t need calipers to know when God had handed out facial symmetry, this man had pushed to the front of the line.
Odd shadows lent the suggestion of a tiger’s stripes to the man’s elegant cheekbones and clean jaw. She glanced at the ceiling and noticed metal baskets caging the fluorescent light fixtures, throwing voids into the harsh glare.
Her attention zeroed back to the man.
His hair—raven black with the sheen of a crow’s feather—hung past his chin and fell forward, masking his eyes. She caught herself wishing he would raise his head so she could see them. Her gaze drifted downward, following the delicious curve of his shoulder.
His large body was a work of art, each muscle defined and chiseled, as if Michelangelo had carved him from a piece of granite. The impish light played more tricks, lending his golden skin the sheen of satin as he defended against the attacks of invisible adversaries.
Her mouth dry, she watched him flow through the movement, muscles rippling beneath that flawless skin. Who was he? A guard?
Given his size and superior musculature, if he was a doctor, he was nothing like the doctors and researchers she’d worked with in the past.
Goose flesh pimpled the back of her arms. There was just something about a man that big that called to her most basic instincts.
A disparaging laugh huffed from her chest. She’d been living like a nun for years and now she was drooling over a man so out of her league he might as well have been a movie star.
What sounded like a voice—short and harsh, but indistinct—reverberated through the thick, metal-reinforced glass. The man halted mid-move and glared over his powerful shoulder.
For the first time, Anjali noticed there were other people in the room; uniformed men with sleek, ugly rifles, not only drawn, but leveled at the man as if prepared to shoot him at the slightest misstep.
She gasped as an awful realization washed over her. This man—the first man to draw her interest since her loss—was not a guard or a doctor.
He was Jake Finn, her subject, and a stone-cold killer.
About the Author:
I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and worship Jeni's Ice Cream, JK Rowling, Jayne Ann Krentz, the tv show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red October and The Princess Bride(though not necessarily in that order.) I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I tend to jump sub-genre a bit. My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy) and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla) I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego and got my Master's in Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School Librarian in Webster, NY for five years before starting my writing career. (I still miss my students.)
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. It really grabbed me right from the start. These characters have a way of finding their way into your heart, they make you really care. I felt like I was right there with them, with all that action. I found myself holding my breath a few times to see how they would get themselves out of all these bad situations. It’s like a paranormal suspense/action book, and I loved it.
I don’t think I have read any books like this, with the Chimera, and the myth of the chimera was shared in this book, and was excellent, and I was glad it was provided.
I always have liked books with shifters in them, but this one was very different than most I have read, and I really liked it.
I also liked that the focus on this book was not on the romance, I do enjoy romance in my books but like it better when its not the focus.
I do not want to give away anything important, so am going to try to be careful here.
Here is a nice teaser for you, showing some of the romance:
A shiver rippled through her as she remembered the excitement of his touch. Her skin tingled.He glanced at her. His pupils expanded and she realized he could detect her renewed arousal. He slid his hand inside the open collar of her blouse, wrapped it around the back of her neck, and dragged her close. Despite the urgent intensity on his face, his mouth met hers softly in a kiss so tender she wanted to cry. Again she wondered what she was doing. She wouldn’t risk her heart and he’d suffered enough. He pulled away, resting his forehead on hers. “I will keep you safe.”The words were a vow, but something about the way he said them sent a shaft of fear rocketing through her. Air snagged in her throat. “What are you going to do?”
This book is written really well too. I love the action and suspense too.
Here is a bit of an action part:
He punched her, knocking her head back on her neck. Pain watered her eyes, but it didn’t hurt as much it probably should have. She lowered her chin and smiled. “Ouch.” Now she was just pissed off. “You really want to die, don’t you?” She wheeled and slammed her elbow back and up, into his temple. He crumpled. She rubbed her elbow. The man had a skull like concrete.She could thank a self-defense course at the Y for that move. Her gaze found the third man. Something in her face made him swallow. She wondered if her eyes were reflecting the starlight.
I love when we get a kick butt female along with the male. Its awesome. I highly recommend this book. It really is a gripping read, and I had a really hard time putting it down to sleep, who needs sleep? Lol
5 out of 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.
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