Monday, June 11, 2012

Hidden Crimes by Emma Holly

Cats and dogs shouldn't fall in love. Like any wolf, detective Nate Rivera knows this. He can’t help it if the tigress he’s been trading quips with at the supermarket is the most alluring woman he’s ever met—sassy too, which suits him down to his designer boots.

Evina Mohajit is aware their flirtation can’t lead to more. Still, she relishes trading banter with the hot werewolf. This hardworking single mom hasn’t felt so female since her twins’ baby daddy left to start his new family. Plus, as a station chief in Resurrection’s Fire Department, she understands the demands of a dangerous job.

Their will-they-or-won’t-they tango could go on forever if it weren’t for the mortal peril the city’s shifter children fall into. To save them, Nate and Evina must team up, a choice that ignites the sparks smoldering between them . . .

Let me start with a little (invisible to you) happy dance for the return of the Shifters!  I like the Fae in Holly's Hidden series but the earthiness and honesty of shifters keep them at the top of my favorites list; it's not so much their 'mate at first sight' tendencies but the fact that intrigue and deceit doesn't come naturally to them. Erotic romances highlighting those characters usually tend to have less drama and more focus on making the relationship work with what they have at hand. 

The relationship between Nate and Evina, while complicated due to their being different species, is not dramatic. They have physical feelings towards each other (with a little bit of baggage) that turns into something more. The sparks between them are off the charts and as they traverse the intertwined worlds of their careers they stumble onto a big secret. A big secret that unsurprisingly not everyone wants them to look into. As a reader who loved Hidden Talents I liked how Holly brought both Ari and Adam into this story, even if Adam acted like an ass for some of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance as it has good doses of both action and heartfelt emotion.

Overall Feeling - A+

Series - 1) Hidden Talents 2) Hidden Depths 3) Move Me 4) Hidden Crimes

**Title provided by author for review consideration**