Series: Underground Heat

Review: Roman’s Gold by Ann Gimpel

Posted October 2, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Roman’s Gold by Ann Gimpel
Roman's Gold by Ann Gimpel
Series: Underground Heat #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Liquid Silver Books on June 09, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 165
Source: Author

Also in this series: Wolf Born
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Book Description:

Book Description:
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?


Lynn’s Review: 
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)

Review: Wolf Born by Ann Gimpel

Posted October 1, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review:  Wolf Born by Ann Gimpel
Wolf Born by Ann Gimpel
Series: Underground Heat #2
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Liquid Silver Books on August 24, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 162
Source: Author

Also in this series: Roman's Gold
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
In a futuristic California that’s almost out of resources, Max leads a double life. A Russian wolf-shifter, he heads up the State of California as its governor—and the shifter underground. He took on the governorship to help his people. Threatened with genocide, many shifters have gone into hiding. Some blame Max and the underground for their plight, rather than the governmental edict that’s meant death for so many.

Audrey works for Max. Unlike most humans with low levels of shifter blood who bless their lucky stars they avoided the purge, she wants to be a shifter. If she could find a way to finesse it, she’d quit her job in a heartbeat and go to work helping the shifter underground. The only sticking point is Max. She’s been half in love with him forever.

Against a dog-eat-dog political backdrop where no one knows who their allies are, Max and Audrey spar with one another. Max fears she’s part of the group trying to kill him. Audrey has no idea about Max’s double identity and worries she won’t be able to walk away from their fiery attraction to help the underground.

After a second attempt on his life, Max faces critical choices. Should he follow his head or his heart?


Lynn’s Review:
This is definitely a series that you will want to read in order.  It will become evident to you as well because if you haven’t read book one you will question some of the scenes you read.  I read this book first and found I was disappointed that I hadn’t read Devon’s story.  But the good news is that I will be reading Roman’s Gold so that I can catch up with the series.

Maximillian Sigayav is a man who leads a double life.  He’s also a man with a lot riding on his shoulders.  Audrey Westen works for Max and she seems to have a major thing for her boss.  But she has her own secret and it’s interesting how it reveals itself.

They live in an interesting society but one thing that remains from our time period is discrimination.  You have to wonder what it would take for people to learn from our mistakes.  But if it weren’t included in Ann’s story, it would change the whole feel of the story.

You can finish Max’s story in just a couple of hours.  There’s plenty of action and some really hot sex.  Makes me want to go out and see if I can find my own shifter to cuddle up with.  And our author gives us a happy ending that will leave you smiling but it will also leave you with a puzzled look because there is no hint of a book three.  I’ve loved all of Ann’s books that I have read to-date and can’t wait to read more.  This is a series that you will want to add to your library. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)