Format: Kindle, 313 pages
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Genre: Urban Fantasy
“You set my heart and soul on fire.”
Someone has taken Briar’s most valuable belonging: the Abydos, ancient blood that in the wrong hands can destroy the world. Briar and Angel race to get it back but a dangerous creature leads them on a hunt that nearly gets them killed.
Through it all, Angel tries desperately to get Briar to feel what he’s always known to be true: they are soul mates. But Briar’s heart is too battered and bruised to feel the truth.
If Briar can't reconcile her feelings for Angel, she won't just lose the Abydos but something far more valuable: true love.
A Shifter's Heart is the 10th installment in co-authors Raven Steele, Ava Mason's, Rouen Chronicles. The story picks up right where A Vampire's Battle finished. Briar (Isabella Moretti) has been betrayed by Luke who told his mother, Trick, where the location of the Abydos was. Trick and her second took the blood and ran. What she, nor Luke understoood, if the blood falls into the wrong hands, the world will be on the brink of an apocalypse. Imagine her anger at Luke for being so careless knowing how important the blood was to her.
Briar's family protected the blood for many years before her entire pack was annihilated by someone searching for the blood. But, Briar has no time to wallow in hurt or self-pity. The Phoenix (Ivona) is still around causing untold damage to Rouen. A dangerous portent involving Briar, Samira, and Lynx which is supposed to lead to an evil known as Trianus rising from Hell is still on the horizon. Briar will have to get her emotions under control quickly and hunt down Trick and the Abydos before someone else gets to it first. But, with Angel going with her on the hunt, her emotions are exactly what are tested.
New characters appear in this story. A character called Shade is first. Shade is a rare Ghoul who wanders the earth searching for a willing body. He needs the blood to help with the transition. Therefore, Angel and Briar end up using Briar's connection to the Abydos, as well as his own gift of seeing the future, to hunt down Shade and the blood. If the blood falls into Ivona's hands, she will use it to raise Trianus from hell. The couple's journey takes them to places of both Angel and Briar's past which leads to some interesting action scenes.
This also includes Coast City where Angel and Briar meet with Aris's father. Over the course of this adventure, Angel gets his first real attempts at telling Briar why they are supposed to be together and not Luke who I haven't trusted in a very long time. It's interesting to me that almost everyone from Adelaide, to Mateo, to Samira, to Lynx, knew that Angel and Briar had a connection and belonged together.
The book is actually filled with lots of sex scenes which is not unlike Samira's third installment with Mateo. This book bridges Samira's trilogy with the beginning of Lynx's. I am concerned at the direction the series seems to be taking. Especially reading the end of this book. It is apparent that Lynx has major secrets to reveal. Readers of this series have known that she's powerful but is she really a friend? It is apparent that Shade as well as another new character who just happens to be a vampire hunter, will continue to appear in the next 3 books.