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Gentleman Takes a Chance (Shifter Series Book 2) by [Hoyt, Sarah]
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About the Author

Sarah A. Hoyt has sold a dozen novels in various genres, including her new Musketeers Mysteries series, starting with "Death of a Musketeer," and her acclaimed Shakespearean fantasy series, which started with the Mythopoeic award finalist, "Ill Met by Moonlight." An avid history buff and longtime reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries Sarah has published over three dozen short stories in esteemed magazines such as "Asimov's," "Analog," "Amazing" and "Weird Tales," as well as several anthologies. Residing in Colorado with her husband, two teen boys and a pride of cats, Sarah is hard at work on her next dozen novels.

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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a8014ec) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abf51a4) out of 5 stars Better than the first book 17 Mar. 2009
By Mike Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in a series about people who "shapeshift" into animals (both normal animals and mythical animals). I started reading it and then realized that it was a sequel, so I went back and read the first book first. I recommend that a reader should start with "Draw One In The Dark" before reading this book, even though I think this is the better of the two novels.

The first book was just a little too slow. Hoyt seemed to think that if five paragraphs of internal deliberation about how one character felt about another character were good, then six must be better and seven must be better yet. And the plot started out in medias res, but then advanced only in fits and starts for most of the book. But ... it was still fun. The characters were intriguing, even if the love triangle aspect has been way, way overdone.

But in this second book, the plot advances at a more constant rate. It's also more complicated and more interesting. And the love triangle aspect is de-emphisized. In its place was a remarkably realistic depiction of two very private people trying to adjust to living with each other under extremely stressful circumstances. The book also delves more deeply into the interface and conflict between the world of the shifters and the world of the normal people.

The first book was interesting, entertaining, but flawed. This book was more interesting, more entertaining, and less flawed. I look forward to another.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By LaughingLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really liked the previous book in this world, "Draw One In The Dark". This one is a noticeably better. The characters are better developed than a many writers manage in the fourth or fifth book in a series. The world is well drawn and wider and weirder than even the first book would lead you to believe. I adore it when authors don't throw everything into the first book and let you discover new places and people along the way it is so much more realistic than covering the characters same stomping grounds over, and over, and over and over again with only very small over dramatized changes.

Kyrie & Tom, Keith and the rest of the people we knew have all grown a bit since we saw them and it is the type of growth that makes you like both character and writer more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad96554) out of 5 stars A Great Followup 24 Nov. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of the things that I love when reading a Sarah Hoyt novel is how each and every character is personal to the reader. That pattern doesn't change with the sequel to "Draw One In The Dark".

In Goldport, Colorado, someone is killing shifters. An ancient cabal of shifters, simply known as the Ancient Ones, are coming to town to kill whoever it is, be it shifter or human.

With that as the premise to "Gentleman Takes A Chance", the author picks right up where she left off in the first book of the series. The heroes (and heroine) of the novel must face old enemies and new alike, while struggling to hide their identities as shifters from the outside world.

Tremendously fun and a great followup novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af1509c) out of 5 stars If you order the hash at the Diner, this is how they call the order. 12 May 2016
By Pat Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gentleman Takes a Chance by Sarah A. Hoyt
Baen Books.

Kyrie is a stark raving fox, with a rainbow dye in her hair and a feathered ear ring. Tom is a bad boy with a past and a leather jacket. So, put them in close proximity, and the sparks will fly.

What brings them together, though, is not limited to their human mutual attraction. She's a panther, and he's a dragon. At least, that's what they are when they shapeshift.

This is the second book in the shape-shifter series, and it's still a wonderful read after eight years. The first book, "Draw One In The Dark," really should be read first, and there is nothing to prevent you from doing that; it's in the Baen Free Library, and it's free on Amazon as well.

Kyrie and Tom are room mates and sweethearts, in that most smooch-but-no-sex sense of the word. Thanks to an unexpected gift from his father in the first book, the are co-owners of The Dragon, a diner in the college town of Goldport, CO. And stuff happens there.

What's happening in this book is that Ancient Bad People are upset because a talisman, the Pearl of Heaven, is missing. How Bad? So Bad, you won't believe it, as in they want to eat everyone and everything, and mostly don't because that would leave no one to eat.

And there has been a murder, with shape-shifters involved, at the aquarium. It looks like a case of physical intimacy, perhaps combined with a post-coital snack. And one of the victims is: JOE BUCKLEY!!! Rafiel, the cop who shifts into a lion, has to deal with the murders and protect shape shifters at the same time. And he also has interest in Kyrie, even though she is Ton's girlfriend. There is this one cute chick at the aquarium, though.

And! The Asian dragons, who had previously not been Nice to Tom, start being Nice to him. It's very confusing. Hmm. Something must be going on. Wonder if it has anything to do with the missing Pearl...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa0278c) out of 5 stars A fun adventure 29 Oct. 2011
By T. Jackson King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
GENTLEMAN is a well-written urban fantasy set in present day Colorado in a remote mountain town. It presents the real life problems faced by a pair of shapechanger people, Kyrie a panther and Tom a Norse-style dragon, as they try to look out for each other and their friends as a group of old shapechangers called the Ancient Ones focus on the need to make Kyrie and Tom "pay" for the shapechanger deaths that occured in the prequel to this book. I especially liked the "real world", gotta work to pay the bills, setting of this story, along with the idea of a grotto-like aquarium set in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which place is where a lot of the mysterious deaths occur. The author has a GREAT sense of humor, as a minor plot element involves the Rodent Liberation Front, as in mice and rats and etc. The origin of some of the other shapechanger animals is handled very well, and the personal motivations of many characters (in this multiple POV story) are very well drawn. Entertaining, fun, with a thread of "can they solve the mystery and defeat multiple foes before they get killed or known to the public?" Highly recommended.
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