Somedays, Jena Crowe just can’t get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she’s pretty sure her oldest is about to shift into something furry or feathery. Added to that, changes seem to be coming to the tiny town of Cambio Springs—big changes that not everyone in the isolated town of shapeshifters is thrilled about.
Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town seemed just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never counted on violence finding him, nor could he have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.
When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when the new Chief of Police isn’t put off by any of her usual defenses, Jena may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the defenses around her carefully guarded heart.
Shifting Dreams is the first novel in Cambio Springs, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series.
Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?
Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.
Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.
As the town's doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other's throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.
But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
So I'm going to review the two books as a whole. In Shifting Dreams we meet Jena Crowe, a single mother running a diner by herself. We are shown her life through her perspective and also the life of Cambio Springs. The cast of characters is rich and complex. Right away, you are thrown into the shifter life and become very comfortable. The world building is flawless. We are then introduced to the male protagonist, detective Caleb Gilbert. Even though he's human, there are some interesting things going on with him. Jena and Caleb are thrown together when something very tragic happens.
The plot, the pacing, the development is so well-done. Hunter served up a very suspenseful romance that almost seems at times that the paranormal aspect wasn't even the forefront. It's just normal life for Cambio Springs.
I loved the complex relationship between Jena and Caleb and the other relationships we see: Alex and Ted, and Ollie and Allie.
In Desert Bound we learn of the story of Ted (Theodora) and Alex. Ted is the town doctor and Alex is the prodigal son coming back to Cambio to lead the reins of the new hotel development and maybe his people. They have a long history, one that is full of mistrust, heartache, and feelings of abandonment. Ted works hard to not fall for Alex again, but she can't help herself when she has to work so closely with him when another murder rocks the close-knit town.
Again with this book, Hunter has captured my interest and made me fall in love hard with her characters. In Desert Bound not only did I love Ted and Alex, but she made me want to know more about Ollie and Allie's relationship. Like I NEED TO KNOW MORE NOW.
I can't stress how good these books are, so you're going to have to read them for yourself.
About The Author
She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.
She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.