Title: True Colors
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Elder Races (Book 3.5)
Publication Date: December 13, 2011
Format: eBook, 93 Pages
ASIN: B006J8QBH8 (Samhain Publishing)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better.
Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she’s just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.
But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.
This book contains a hot police detective, a violent murderer on the hunt, and a heroine that can blend in anywhere…
Quick & Dirty: Fun little story from The Elder Races world. For those of us that can’t get enough of those adorable Wyrs.
Opening Sentence: Don’t move.
True Colors is more of a short story than book. True Colors lands between Serpent’s Kiss and Oracle’s Moon in The Elder Races series timeline. It has nothing to do with any main characters up to this point; for which I am grateful. So, sit back and relax, this one is all for fun!
The story begins with Alice Clark, a rare chameleon Wyr that can blend in with any background, finding the murdered body of her best friend. It seems that some of her fellow chameleon Wyrs, all members of a small group called True Colors, are turning up either dead or missing. Now she knows that someone out there is hunting those of her kind and she is scared. While she’s at her best friend’s murder scene, a big scary man she’s never seen before barges in and starts looking around the apartment. Is he the killer? Will he find her hiding in the corner and take her out too?
Gideon Riehl, new detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime, is a hard man who has led a hard life. He arrives at Haley’s house to warn her that she might be next on a serial killer’s list, but arrives too late. If only he put together the pieces earlier, he might have been able to save this Wyr’s life. He has been on the hunt for this serial killer for the last few days and arrives at the scene moments after Alice does. He doesn’t see Alice hiding in her Wyr form by a nearby plant, but feels someone watching him process the scene. He goes across the street from the victim’s apartment, hoping that whomever he sensed in there is either the killer or a witness. Lucky man. Not only does he catch a break in his case, he discovers a female that rocks him to his core. What the heck is going on? Why is he feeling this way over someone he just met?
The first time Alice sees Gideon head on, she knows that he is her mate. Gideon seems clueless about it, and it takes Alice sometime to come to grips with “love at first sight.” He knows he wants her, but he tries his best to remain professional. She is after all, just a witness right? Less than a day later, the couple gets “together.” Gideon, you smooth player you.
I won’t ruin the end for you, but I will say this; the bad guy is close and his reasons for killing are onboard the crazy train. I enjoyed this well written short story for what it is, extra. If you can’t decide whether you want to read The Elder Races series, this gives you a glimpse into their world without the commitment of a full book. Try it, you might like it. It’s less than $3 at the Amazon Kindle Store. Well worth the price.
She touches his mouth in wonder. She thought, I dreamed that a wolf came to my bed and watched over me while I slept. There was an epic story in those silent eyes, of mountains that had been crossed and a world that had been fought, and countless years that had been spent in service and in solitude. And there was a promise in that wolf’s eyes, a promise from an old warrior soul that knew what it meant to dig down deep and hold true to what he claimed no matter what.
She heard herself ask, “Did you come into my bedroom earlier?”
I dreamed a dream of passion, devotion, and loyalty, and a promise that meant everything –
The shaking in his hands increased. He whispered against her fingers, “Just to make sure you were okay. Whatever you want, whatever you need. Tell me and I’ll give it to you.”
And for one shining moment, her world became simple and clean and good again.
“I need you,” she said.
The Elder Races Series:
1. Dragon Bound
3.5 True Colors
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of True Colors. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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