Selenium Night (ShadowShifters Series #1) by Kharma Kelley
Read: 20th – 27th November 2018
Publication Date: 18th November 2017
Quote from Selenium Night
“This isn’t one of your cheesy romance novels, Greta. It doesn’t work that way.”
– Maddie Ardelle
My Rating – Overall 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 3/5 – World Building: 4/5
So what’s this book about?
Selenium Night is the first book (approx 404 pages) in Kharma Kelley’s new paranormal romance series – ShadowShifters – about strong, sexy super-humans with the power to shape shift into wolves living, unknown by humans, in modern day America.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
ShadowShifters – Shapeshifting wolf creatures that love as fiercely as they fight.
Aidan Bloodlocke never dreamed he was a wolf Shifter, much less an Alpha. When a pack takes him in, his entire world changes, and loyalties are developed. Then disaster strikes, and he’s on a ruthless mission for justice.
When veterinarian Maddie Ardelle moved to Bridgepoint, Maine, to start a normal, peaceful life on her own, she didn’t expect to get herself caught in the crossfire of two factions of violent, feuding werewolves. And definitely not entangled with a sexy biker shifter that made her weak in the knees. Against their will, Maddie and Aidan’s worlds collide, and with an attraction so enthralling, both are helpless to resist.
As Aidan struggles to fight for both love and duty, he uncovers a betrayal so heinous, it puts the lives of his entire pack and the brave woman he desires at unthinkable risk. The stakes are high, and both must decide if Maddie ultimately can live in his violent world of teeth and claw in this action-packed paranormal romance series!
So, what did I like about it?
I have read other stories by Kharma Kelley and I enjoy her take on the paranormal world; her slant on the werewolf myth in this book was something that I have not come across before. I find her writing style to be breezy with a good dose of sarcasm and enjoyed the inclusion of pop culture quotes and shows making this a very easy book to read.
As Selenium Night is the first book in a new series, I understand that it’s a fine balance between imparting information and pace of plot. Ms Kelley has built a complex paranormal world filled with her two species of wolf shapeshifters and has created an interesting history spanning millennia.
I enjoy a story more when the characters are created with depth of personality and I feel that Ms Kelley’s story was populated with complex, multifaceted and completely believable ones. I think it was partly due to their very real human virtues and foibles, even though most of them were mythical, paranormal beings that kept me reading.
Those of you who have read my reviews before, will know that I also connect to a story more when our leading female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour; I wasn’t disappointed here. I loved our heroine, Maddie; she’s got all of the traits that I crave and more – a good sense of humour, loyal, resilient, a beautiful sense of moral duty and oodles of gumption!
I really enjoyed Selenium Night; the relationship development, the adventure, the twists and surprises turned this story from a good book to a really good one, not to mention the passionate, erotic sex scenes. Oh my! I went from titillated to excited, adrenaline pumped to blubbering like a baby!
I love that this book kicks off with an explosive prologue – a peek at the Moon Goddess twins who created the species – and a lovely epilogue to tie up loose ends. I LOVE that there are no gaping cliffhangers at the end of this book; the romance and threat aspects of the tale are happily concluded by the end.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
So, now I have to be honest and say why I rated Selenium Night 4 stars instead of 5.
I really did enjoy this book but I have to be honest and say that some of the dialogue and actions of the villain of the book had me rolling my eyes; I’m not a great fan of clichés, luckily the bulk of the story had me gripped meaning those niggles didn’t play on my mind for long.
I am probably also being rather mean to Ms Kelley and doing her book a dis-service but I need to explain, the Kindle version I downloaded was in desperate need of a proof-reader and editor, so much so that it hindered the flow of the story and took the edge of my enjoyment a wee bit.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed Selenium Night. It has everything that I look for in a good book; adventure, mystery, intrigue, action, humour and a sprinkling of romance and enough passion to make me blush on the bus.
Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who enjoy strong alpha heroes and independent capable heroines, tense and often cruel confrontations and hot lust/romance scenes. I will definitely look out for book 2 in this series as I am intrigued where Ms Kelley will take us next.
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