In Like a Lion (The Chimera Chronicles #1) by Karin Shah
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Book Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Research scientist Dr. Anjali Mehta lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzing grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she’s tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a man behind bars—a killer?
What she doesn’t know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge.
And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can’t believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.
I haven’t studied very much about the Indian culture, so this book caught my attention as something new and fresh.
Extremely vivid description throughout the book makes it easy to imagine you’re really there.
Jake, a caged “murderer” seems to see past the disguise that Anjali wears, to the person she really is underneath. He seems to be a creature of life’s creation, put absolutely anyone in the same situation and I’m willing to bet they would conform exactly the way he did. Pain and regret hides behind his rough exterior, but as the story progresses and he learns more about himself, it’s heartwarming.
Anjali is completely alone, having lost her entire family in a truly tragic way. Her reaction to seeing Jake shift forms the first time is extremely entertaining. Their connection is sexy and electric.
One of the best books I’ve read recently, I couldn’t put In Like A Lion down and I can’t wait for the others in the series.
~Review by Jai
I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, and worship Jeni’s Ice Cream, JK Rowling,
Jayne Ann Krentz, the TV show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red
October and The Princess Bride, though not necessarily in that order.
I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy
Romance, and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I
tend to jump sub-genre a bit.
My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy) and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla).
I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego, and got my Master’s in
Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School
Librarian in Webster, NY, for five years before starting my writing career. (I still
miss my students.)
I have a new series starting with IN LIKE A LION. The Chimera Chronicles follows
seven shape shifting brothers, separated in childhood, as they discover they are
not alone and find love.
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Other books by Karin Shah
(E-book copy of Blood and Kisses, In Like a Lion, and Entity Mine, and a $50 Amazon gift card)