Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Review: Copper King - Vivian Arend
Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.
With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.
Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…
Takhini Shifters Series:
(This is a spin off off the Granite Lake and Takhini Wolves series but can be read separately)
Copper King (Novella)
Laird Wolf (Novella)
Granite Lake Wolves Series:
Wolf Signs (Novella)
Wolf Flight (Novella)
First Howl (Short Story free on Vivian's website)
Second Howl (Short Story free on Vivian's website)
Wolf Games (Novella)
Wolf Tracks (Novella)
Wolf Line (Novella)
Wolf Nip (Novella)
Takhini Wolves Series:
(This is a spin off from the Granite Lake Wolves series but can be read separately)
Visit Vivian Arend's website for more information
Copper King is the first novella in the new Takhini Shifters series by Vivian Arend, it's currently only available in the Alpha's After Dark anthology but will be available to buy separately on the 1st of May. These stories will all be set in the same world as Vivian Arend's Granite Lake and Takhini Wolves series and there may be a slight crossover of characters across all of the series but the stories are all designed to stand alone so you can pick this up even if you're new to the world. Copper King fits into the time line just before the first Takhini Wolves book, Black Gold, the two main characters did make an appearance in Diamond Dust where they are an established couple but this is the story of how they first met so really is a great introduction to them both.
Lillie is looking for some fun in her last few days of freedom before she settles into the life her family has chosen for her. She doesn't have long and Vegas isn't her ideal destination since she is scared of crowds but it was the best option available to her and she's going to make the most of it by having a final fling - if she can find the right man that is. Jim is in Vegas with his friend Damon for their annual contest to decide who gets to keep the lucky coin they bought together as teenagers. It's been a while since Jim won and so this year he's more determined than ever and he's not going to let anyone distract him from the contest. Not even the beautiful bear shifter who has captured his attention more than any other woman in years. He might find Lillie's scent irresistible but he has more important things to deal with - unless Damon gets his way and manages to play matchmaker that is.
I've been a fan of Vivian Arend's shifter stories ever since I first discovered the Granite Lake Wolves books back in 2010 so of course I couldn't wait to start reading Copper King. She is brilliant at writing sweet romances that are full of humour and wonderful chemistry and I wasn't disappointed with her latest novella. It made a really nice change to read about a different kind of shapeshifter, I read so many books about werewolves or big cat shifters but I don't think I've read one about bears before. Don't get me wrong I love my wolves and jaguars but I had fun learning about the bears and how their instincts differ to those of the other shifters.
Jim and Lillie are both great characters and they were really well suited to each other. Lillie is quite shy and very nervous around lots of people which brings out all of Jim's protective instincts. More than anything they have fab chemistry though and I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other. The twist about how Lillie ended up in Vegas in the first place was very amusing and I enjoyed the case of mistaken identities that followed. Don't worry if you're new to Vivian Arend's world because you can easily pick up Copper King even if you've not read any of her previous stories. However, if you like this one then I'd highly recommend the rest of the Granite Lake and Tahkini Wolves series because they all have the same humour and some fantastic characters that I'm sure you'll love as much as I do.
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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