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Monday, September 7, 2009

Soul Mate by Catherine Bybee

Soul Mate by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary/ Paranormal (shifter)
Length: Short (81 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Kari Pearce lives the life of a lone werewolf. No one knows of her affliction, not even her sister. When she hears of a missing child up in the Sequoias, Kari goes on the hunt to find the child and her abductor before tragedy can occur. Saving the child is easy, avoiding the FBI agent associated with the case, is not.

Agent Nick Murdock knows he's seen Kari before but damn if he can remember where. There's one thing he knows for sure. Kari Pearce with her blonde hair and piercing blue eyes is hiding something. And Nick is going to find out what.

Catherine Bybee sets a fast pace in the opening sentence of this story and rarely slackens the pace. Her heroine, Kari Pierce, now a PI, has reason to remember the night of her parents’ murder and is living with the consequences still. Consequences she’s successfully hidden from the outside world as well as her sister.

She resents the monthly cycle of ‘shifting’ but never ignores the call of someone in distress. And tonight is no exception, when she rescues a child from her kidnapper and guides her safely to the searching policemen.

Nick Murdoch, FBI, likes what he sees when he spies Kari Pierce at the diner, but his instincts tell him she is not what she seems and he’s determined to discover her secret. The plot thickens when Kari, later, saves Nick from the kidnapper. How can anyone move with such unnatural stealth? Another mystery for Nick to unravel.

Sparks fly between them, but Kari determines no man will be interested in her when they discover her secret. But she’s reckoned without Nick.

Catherine has a wonderful sense of timing and her scenes and characters come alive beneath her ‘pen’, and her use of secondary characters helps to lay background information smoothly.

This is an enjoyable read.