My introduction to Eve Langlais was through her Cyborg Series and this was my first reading of her books beyond that. I am so glad that her particular blend of humor, passion and a touch of danger translated into her other books. This was a lighter paranormal shifter read which may not appeal to everyone, but I found it a nice satisfying change from my usual fare.
Viktor and his team of top military trained shifters breaks into a hidden lab facility run by a villain they know as the Mastermind. It is quite the coup between getting intact data, lab workers, and rescuing victims who have been experimented on by the Mastermind and the scientists. The importance of this particular rescue mission comes home to Viktor pretty quick when it is to him that one of the victims clings for help and support. Oddly enough, Viktor, the cranky older Crocodile shifter, finds himself willing enough to let the pretty red-head cling to him in her fear of the unknown.
Project, the longest remaining experiment in the facility cannot remember a time outside of the lab and the cage she lives in. The idea of the big wide world was a myth or fairy tale to her told by the other captives that were brought in and eventually didn’t make it. When the rescuer tries to get her out, she panics. Eventually, she learns to trust Viktor her rescuer, but is terrified to be parted from him.
With time, Viktor helps Project or Renee as he has dubbed her learn to accept her new freedom. In the meantime, he finds himself fighting his strong attraction to her and for her. He tells himself many things to prove that starting anything with Renee is not a good idea, but Renee has other plans.
Meanwhile, the Mastermind is alive, well and scheming with new plans that are a danger to all of the Furry United Coalition, but particularly Renee. It is this danger that helps clarify how Viktor and Renee really feel about each other and reveal a big surprise about Renee. Viktor and Renee were great together and I enjoyed their back and forth fun dialogue and thoughts.
The plot focused on the romance of Viktor and Renee with teaser moments interspersed with some steamier ones. I enjoyed following along as Renee plotted to get Viktor and he put up barriers to keep her away even when he weakened behind his own barriers. The villain is just plain over the top fun down to the ‘muahahaha’ laugh, but the villain’s presence did add the excitement and bit of danger to the story.
This is the third story in the series and I was still able to follow along just fine. The characters from the previous stories are present and I enjoyed them so much that I plan to go back and read the earlier books.
I can recommend this story and the series to those who enjoy light and humorous with a dash of passion in their shifter romances.