Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When a shifter and a human are bound by fate, neither man knows if their connection will be enough to save not only their growing love, but their lives.
Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.
Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.
But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.
Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and lives at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?
Sometimes it just comes down to the fact that a story and a reader just aren’t a good fit for one another. I think that’s pretty much what happened here with Infinite Blue by Natalina Resia. We got off on the wrong cover, uh um, start and never quite recovered.
I love shifter stories and grab them up immediately but, if I’m honest I’m also picky because of my wildlife biologist background. Those predator/prey couples? Always bother me, kept thinking one day, one was going to end up an appetizer. And the ones where the authors are really loosey goosey with naturali history. Hmmmmm. Ok, I get it, they are shifters got to be pretty relaxed over the natural history bits with that in the mixture but some authenticity and research is nice (and appreciated).
That especially comes into play here with an author who uses scientific names and takes the trouble to obviously include some correct details of a certain raptor species natural history into her story. So why right off the bat am I faced with a blue eyed hawk shifter? Seen many blue eyed hawks these days? Nope. Just look at that cover. So immediately that was an itch I couldn’t scratch.
Throw in instant love between Cai and Shahin, that, yes, is explained by a mate bond, but their chemistry is something I never felt. Again, I will totally own up that I could be my fault here. But these characters just didn’t ring true. Hospital visits, blood and shifters wouldn’t be an issue? Plus I won’t go into migratory patterns. The writing and author was working on doing her part but right from being dropped into a “stalker like” situation with Shahin without any back filler, it just felt odd and disconnected from their relationship and the storyline.
It didn’t help that a family drama further into the book was resolved far too easily given the severity of the crime. I was, to use one of my favorite words, gobsmacked!
No, Infinite Blue and I were not a good mix. There was a possible explanation for the eyes at the end but by that time, my irritation had set in, Cai’s occupation as an anthropologist never felt believable, and I just kept waiting for more feathers to sprout.
I’m sure other readers will love this romance. They will find it sweet, the hawk shifters fascinating, and the whole mate bonding journey one to love. Sometimes it is oil and water. Check it out and find out for yourself.
Cover Art would be dramatic excerpt for those darn blue eyes.
Published September 8th 2018 by Hot Tree Publishing