Series: Underground Heat #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Liquid Silver Books on June 09, 2013
Also in this series: Wolf Born
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Once respected members of society, shifters are running for their lives. In a futuristic world where resources are scarce, Kate uses her human form to work as a sex surrogate. Furious at what looks a lot like genocide for her people, she joins the shifter underground.
Devon’s been a cop for a long time. He has shifter blood, but not enough to change into anything; at least not until the police department insists on a series of infusions to make him better at tracking shifters so they can be imprisoned—or killed.
Devon’s latest assignment is Kate. From the moment he sees her, he can’t get her out of his mind. The line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally disappears. Kate and Devon defy the odds. Will their passion save them or doom them forever?
I found this to be a series that you will want to read in order. It will become evident to you if you were like me and started with book two. This is Devon Heartshorn’s story.
Devon’s job is to keep an eye on Kate Roman. But as you read, you will notice that those lines start to blur. One thing that I liked was that Ann made Devon a Native American. I have not read too many characters that have a heritage that I can identify with. Back in my family history, we had some relatives that were from the Cherokee tribe.
He’s also a man with demons from his past that he needs to deal with and how it affects his job. He also doesn’t let his job affect his budding relationship with Kate. I always seem to root for the underdog – in this case it seems to be the shifters. Ann also made me hope that in my lifetime, I would get the chance to meet at least one.
Kate is a woman who lives in a world where her job is as a sex surrogate. She also lives in a society where being is a shifter is a bad thing. It also brings to mind how bad discrimination was even while I was growing up.
Our author made her female character a woman who is very compassionate. She wants to help those that are being persecuted. Again, we can compare this to our own history. Kate’s job was not the centerpiece for this story – and you can see that when she has an interaction with one of her clients. The whole vibe of the story would have changed if too much time were spent on Kate and her clients.
Being a surrogate is acceptable in that society. And it begs the question that if you lived in that time period, which would you be more offended by? For me, I would want to know if there are male sex surrogates. And if any of them looked like Devon.
I look forward to seeing how this series develops over time and whom else Ann is going to introduce us to. I haven’t been impressed with too many of the new shows currently on TV but I would watch if this were a series (as long as they stayed true to Ann’s stories). But until it comes to television, I’ll just have to keep reading the Underground Heat series. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)