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Dangerous Shift [Paperback]

Jill James

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24 Aug 2012
*Finalist - 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award HE IS MR. BY-THE-BOOK, WITH A SECRET... Shapeshifters live among us but remain unknown to most people except for the highest echelons of law enforcement, the military, science, and medical fields--until now. SHE IS A LOOSE CANNON WITH AN ATTITUDE... When a fatal virus strikes Shapeshifters all over the West coast, including members of the Shapeshifter Task Force in San Laura, California, reinforcements are called in from around the United States. TOGETHER, THEY JUST MIGHT CATCH A KILLER. Lt. Nikki Hill of Missouri comes to San Laura and is partnered up with Lt. Sean Evans. They quickly butt heads on everything from proper police procedures to the moral ethics of euthanasia. They can?t seem to get a lead on the serial killer even as members of their own families are stricken with the virus. In their grief they turn to each other and hope they have time to discover if their relationship stands a chance or if they might just be the next victims of the species extinction disease.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478163216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478163213
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm

More About the Author

Jill James has always been an avid romance reader. One day she decided to write her own romance novel. Tempting Adam, her debut novel, is available from The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.com.

She is now self-published with The Lake Willowbee series. Divorce, Interrupted, Dare To Trust, and Defend My Love. Dangerous Shift is her first paranormal romantic suspense

When she isn't reading or writing she is watching The Big Bang Theory, Rizzoli & Isles, and CSI.

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

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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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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and unique concept of shifters 24 Sep 2012
By Mindy K. Wall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Very interesting and unique concept of shifters. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one. The author based the idea on Jurassic Park and the idea that while the scientists made all the dinosaurs female so that they could not reproduce, but nature adapted to fix that issue. These shifters have dominate and non-dominate personality and these personalities are of opposite genders. So if your dominate personality was female and so was your sisters, you would also be a brother and have a brother who were the opposite of your female counterpart. Okay, my explanation was totally confusing, even to me, but in the book it is clear and presented in a well thought out manner.

There is also the love story and the paranormal concept of one true love or mate, but that you could be happy with someone else. Just very intriguing ideas that I haven't seen in other shifter stories. Very well written and interesting story idea.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Original World 4 Dec 2012
By Shelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms. James has created an interesting and original world where shifters are known to humans. Each shifter individual has the ability to shift into either male or female, although each shifter has a dominant sex or a preference. While humans and shifters rub along together, both sides of the fence are guilty of prejudices. I thought the world building and shifter aspect of the book was very well done and different from other shifter books I've read. It made for a fascinating read.

Lt. Sean Evans has lost his partner to the deadly toxin that is killing shifters and sending them to a terrible and painful death. When Nikki Hall arrives as his new partner, he's not very welcoming and they have a mutual dislike of each other. This gradually changes as the story advances and their relationship evolves to more. The aspect of true mates or Mari Kai comes into play, yet Nikki fights fate and her own prejudices before a happy ending.

I enjoyed the original world, and thought the plot worked well. My only quibble was the main characters since I didn't warm to the hero and heroine straight away. I felt they were a bit standoffish, especially the hero. While I understood his surly mood at the start, because of the loss of his friend and their lack of progress in finding the culprit, I never really connected with him.

For those who enjoy a shifter paranormal story, I think you'll enjoy the thought this author has put into making her world original and different.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 8 Oct 2012
By Donna Simmonds - Published on Amazon.com
I thought this was a really great story. The author has created a world just like ours but that contains a breed of Shapeshifter. These are not you typical shifters. They do not turn into wolves, cats or other animals. Instead they commonly shift from a male to a female or otherwise alter their human looking appearance.

There is a crisis going on in their world though. Somehow shifters are being attacked by a virus. There is no rhyme or reason behind who get sick. But it does prove fatal to whoever is infected.

When Nikki comes to San Laura there is instant chemistry between her and Sean. However they are both strong willed characters. They each have their own strict beliefs that do not always agree. Many of their opinions are based on their past histories and environments. So it is interesting to watch how they have to learn to get along and respect each others beliefs. They have to learn to work together and be a team in order to help solve this growing crises.

The only real problem I had with the story was that I thought their relationship progressed at a good speed and level, until the point that they make the first move towards more. I just didn't quite get the place in the story and it wasn't clear why it was happening then and there. After that one part though it went back to a progression that made sense. The other thing that really got to me and I wont give details as to not spoil the story for anyone. I was just shocked towards the end with what happened that lead to their main breakthrough. I understand how it worked for the story and how it help the conclusion come about. But it was upsetting and I really was not happy emotionally.

This really was a great story. I am glad I got to try this author and am looking forward to reading more of her work. I also would like to have the chance to revisit this world in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of shifter - super old prejudices - brand new killer! 27 Nov 2012
By B. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
My thoughts:
Interesting and original.
Jill James has created a story based on a type of shifter I have not encountered before; female/male dominated shifters who can shift between their own female or male form but have lost the ability to shift into animal form.
Into this would be bright, California set story, the author has brought some of the worst of our "real-world" problems: racism, sexism, bias, bigotry, fear and hatred. But she hasn't forgotten to include a host of fantastic characters armed with love, dedication, honor, courage, and hope to counteract those problems.
Jill James has added science, ingenuity and a deadly, terrifying virus to this mixture of characters and emotions . The story that swells from this combination is clever, insightful, and unique.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating.... 9 Sep 2012
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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