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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Predator's Trinity by Rosanna Leo


Librarian Suzan Marsh is an empath and has always felt assaulted by the feelings of others. She has had to distance herself from the people in her life, raising a mental barrier to ward off unwanted emotions. When wolf shifter August Crane abducts her, he breaks through the walls she constructed, forcing her to accept a frightening new truth.

Jaguar shifter twins Percy and Byron Moon are familiar with the evil ways of August Crane. Because of him, their childhood was destroyed. Because of him, their way of life at the peaceful Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort is threatened. And they won’t rest until he is dead.

When Crane drags Suzan into his cult and decides to make her his “concubine,” Percy and Byron know they must save the human woman. Their connection to her is strong and they cannot deny the dream they always held close. That they could share a woman and make her their mate.

But even after rescuing Suzan, none of them are free from Crane’s clutches. The wolf shifter has plans, ones that involve the demise of every shape shifter at the Ursa Resort. Not only must Percy and Byron keep Suzan safe, they must convince her to accept them both. In order to stop Crane from hurting everyone they love, they must learn to fight together.

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Rosanna Leo is one of the authors I can and often do get a bit fan-girlish about. She is also one of only a few authors that can have me eager to read a shifter romance. Shifters aren't really my thing in general, and I fully admit to being rather tired of shifter romances generally speaking, but Rosanna's Gemini Island shifters are one of the exceptions to that rule. They are all filled with wonderful, well-developed characters and this latest entry in the series is no different. Though darker than most of the other books in the series, and overlaid with a rather more somber mood given the recent events on the island and surrounding community, I think this book can still stand as one of the crowning jewels of the series. Perhaps because of those things.



Suzan Marsh is quite typical of many of Leo's heroines: strongly independent, gutsy, but with insecurities that hold her back from realizing her full potential in some ways. She hates her empathic abilities for many reasons, but at the same time she's learned how to use them and doesn't hesitate to embrace them and use them to help protect herself and the ones she loves when she has to. When it comes to Percy and Byron she doesn't waste time questioning her attraction to them or agonizing about being attracted to two men equally or about getting involved in a menage. Instead she accepts it for what it is from the start and dives in with both feet, proving to them with actions as much as words that she wants and loves them both.

Twins Percy and Byron are so closely connected they almost seem like one person at times, though each does have his own individual quirks and little things that set them apart. They've long accepted that they'll only truly be happy if they can find someone they can share who's willing to be with them both, but experience has taught them that such a woman is extremely hard to find and they naturally worry that Suzan can't be that woman despite their attraction to her and despite her seeming attraction to them in return. Still, there's very little hesitation on their part to jump right into things with her when she proves to be willing, and what hesitation there is stems more from not wanting to move too fast and scare her off or traumatize her further (because of what she's recently been through with Crane). The are two men that any woman could consider herself lucky to have.

I had expected hot things from a menage romance by Leo, and I wasn't disappointed. The heat between the three of them leaps off the page and leaves no question that for them at least, a three-way romance can work and work well. While there is of course a bit of the typical alpha-male must-protect-our-mate attitude from Percy and Byron when the situation with Crane and his cult turns more dire, they don't let that instinct prevent them from supporting Suzan when she insists on being involved and carrying her own weight in the battle to come. Not only does she do that, but she also becomes the leader of their somewhat rag-tag forces when she is the one to come up with the most workable plan to take Crane down. The males of Gemini Island may all be alpha-male types, but they aren't the chest beating type so often seen in paranormal romance and they always support their women and let them be full partners with them however much they might want to put them on shelves for safe-keeping at times.

It seems that every review I write for this series includes the phrase "things will never be the same again," or something very like it, and this book is no exception. The battle that is waged here is not without losses, some of them cutting very deep indeed. None of them will come away from the events here unchanged, though there is much hope for the future here as well as sorrow for those that are lost. There are a few indications there will be more to this series, and I believe I've heard rumors to that effect as well. I for one will be looking forward to future books if they come. A definite "would-recommend" for this one.

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