Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book and Author Spotlight: The Vegas Mates by Kristal Shannan

~ Synopsis ~

Samantha Demakis doesn’t want a mate right now. She wants to finish her degree and work as a doctor in third world countries. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight?

Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He’s fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his. 

A lot of things are chasing Sam, but who or what will catch her in the end?

~ Our Review ~
4.5 Star Review by Guest Reviewer Cybill

This is a quick read that jumps right into the heart of the plot. It's love, fighting, loving, and sex all wrapped in a neat short package.

Samantha Demakis is a wolf shifter who just wants to be able to live her life the way she wants it. She is premed at Duke, she has ambitions to help the needy with her medical services. Being a Demakis has a whole other set of ambitions that Sam must follow. Home for Christmas break Sam is thrown into an arcane mate matching required by her family. She is required to choose a mate by the end of her 25th year. He must be of nobel blood. Will Sam be able to choose who she wants? Will she fight for the life she wants for herself?

Chase Michaels has been around for a long time. He has served his country well and more than once. When a chance encounter in the airport leaves him speechless and his inner wolf howling, he must find a way to get to his mate. She she is a Demakis, and they do not mate with Michaels. Will he find a way to claim his mate, and keep both families intact?

Will Sam fight what she feels and run? Will love win? Or will she be forced to mate with someone she can't stand?

~ Synopsis ~

Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done. 

Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her?

The power of the magick between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her. 

Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late?

Novel – 40K word count – Paranormal / Witches/ Shifter Romance

~ Our Review ~
4.5 Star Review by Guest Reviewer Cybill

This is such an exciting book. Margaret is a shifter wolf, she has a good job and a great family. She has had a crush on her friend's brother forever but when she turned 25 she realized he wasn't her mate. Attending Chase and Sam's wedding she meets Scott O'Hearn.

Scott is 7 feet of solid man with chocolate brown eyes, dimples, and hotness! He's perfect! Except for the small fact that he is a BEAR! Proof that we don't get to pick out mates, fate picks us. Dealing with finding a mate isn't the only problem that this couple will face. Tragedy will follow.

What happens when a mate is killed in an arcane ritual and the governing body is to blame? The inner beast will consume you. Reneta Damakis has gone insane, and her wolf has taken over, seeking vengeance.

Clans will clash, people will die, war is consuming. Will the wolf pack accept a bear as Margaret's mate? Reneta must get control of her wolf, the whole underworld community will pay if she doesn't.

This is another short read in the series, but it is packed from the start with suspense. I enjoyed the first book but this one opened the shifter world so much further. I look forward to reading the third book.

~ Synopsis ~

Council threats and Renata’s deadly attack leave the Vegas pack scrambling to regroup… 

Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé and tortured by a voice in her mind that’s haunted her since childhood, Sarah McLain learns her true ancestry after attending her best friend Margaret’s wedding. Can the pack save Sarah from the darkness that threatens to overwhelm her? Or will the wolf inside drive her over the edge before they can show her being a supernatural being is a good thing?

Chris Michaels is in charge of training the new latent werewolves at the O’Hearn mountain inn, now known as Woodhaven. His focus is tested when he finds out the beautiful but sad redhead, Sarah McLain, is his trainee. The connection he feels to her is strong but not magickal, and his wolf claims it foolish to listen to his human instincts. Can Chris heal her broken heart in time, or will he lose the woman he knows is perfect for him.

~ Our Review ~
4.5 Star Review by Guest Reviewer Cybill

This is the third installment in the Vegas Mates series and it does not disappoint. Sarah McLain is in a pit of despair. Six months ago she lost her fiancé to a violent animal attack, sending her back home to Vegas to stay with her parents. Now she is sitting in the audience for the wedding of her good friend Margaret as she marries Scott, reeling from her pain. She is plagued by nightmares and doesn't understand why.

Chris Michaels has been chasing Nicole Demakis for years, when she turns 25 he realizes she's not his intended mate. He meets Sarah, he feels a connection. She doesn't know who or what she is, can she be his mate?

Reneta Demakis is on a one-woman vengeance filled killing spree. Systematically hunting down all who the Council deems unworthy. Sarah is a latent wolf, meaning she is only half wolf. The wolf must be brought forth before Reneta can get to her. The pack must protect and change as many

When Sarah's wolf is brought to the surface will Chris be her mate? Things continue to spiral out of control and the war is just beginning. With a lot of the key members dead, will the North American supernaturals prevail?

I am usually not a fan of short books, but this series has me intrigued. I am anticipating who will mate next, what type of shifter they will be, and how this war will play out. Will Reneta ever get control of her wolf, or will it be the end of her whats left of her family?

~ Author Bio ~

Welcome to the world of Krystal Shannan, where magick, adventure, and romance thrive in all realms! Whether it's in a contemporary setting or in a book filled with goddesses, fae, shifters, and magic.

Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

She is an active member in her local RWA chapter DARA.

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