Copper King (Takhini Shifters #1)
Author: Vivian Arend
Date of Publication: Stand-alone May 1
Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.
Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.
With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.
Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…
I read this book while waiting at the doctor’s office this morning, so it’s a very quick, easy read. I smiled throughout and I loved the relationship between Jim and his lifelong friend. It was great to see predator shifter races (wolf and bear) able to form long-lasting friendships. Ms. Arend doesn’t shy away from any of the various animals around from having their own shifter-kind, even having mink shifters which you don’t hear about very often.
Now, as to the love. I have to say, I was stressing about Lillie throughout the book. All we know for most of the book was that she was in Vegas for some sort of “last hurrah”. I was terrified it was some sort of impending illness – she’d been given months to live or something. Yes, I know, it’s a romance, but even if she’s dying, they could still have had a “happily for now” ending.
Thankfully, these two get their HEA ending and that’s about all I’m going to say on that. THeir personalities meshed well together and I liked Lillie’s very quiet, subdued personality Weird, but true.
Jim certainly grew a bit, learning there was more to life than simply a silly coin he and his friend had been betting on for years now. I was happy at how everything resolved for the couple.
Four stars! (I really need to find something other than stars – if anyone knows of a cute gargoyle image, I might use it!)
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.