Animal Instincts by Patricia Rosemoor
Series: Kindred Souls #1
Published: January 9, 2018 by Tule Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Half-human, half-Kindred, Luc Lazare doesn’t want more complications in his life. He’s focused on protecting his shapeshifting family and love is the last distraction he needs.
Skye Cross has the ability to talk to animals. Her most recent animal rescue mission–stopping an alleged dog fight–actually involved shifters in a primal battle. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers both unsettle and intrigue her. Skye quickly finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed, while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust.
Coming from two different worlds, can Luc and Sky overcome the obstacles fated to keep them apart?
Skye’s gift allows her to communicate with animals through pictures. But suddenly, she can now hear the thoughts of humans and she doesn’t know why. Skye’s brother, Shade, is investigating a string of murders and he may be on to what is really going on at the casino The Ark which has a secret, underground area that’s invitation only. Luc is head of security at The Ark and he wants to know why Skye keeps showing up at places she doesn’t belong.
That’s about as far as I got before having to give up on this read. I was particularly bothered by the fact that Skye’s point of view is written in first person and everyone else, Luc, Shade, Bad Guy, etc., were all written in third person. This structure just didn’t mesh for me and every time the POV would change it would jar me out of the story.
I also had a lot of issues with the writing, in particular the dialogue, which felt stilted or odd with strange word choices, like Skye saying “copper” when referring to her brother, a cop. Luc also asks Skye “what are you?” about 10 times in just the first 20% and it was often several times right after each other. Neither Skye nor Luc seem very good at keeping their secrets — Skye pretty much admits that the injured dog in the beginning is communicating with her and The Ark appears to revel in hiding their shapeshifting abilities in plain sight. The last thing that bothered me was Skye’s attitude and mannerisms which came across very young and immature. I’m not sure what age Skye is supposed to be but she often sounded like a 16 year old not getting her way.
DNF – Stopped reading at @ 25%
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
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