Saturday, 16 April 2011

GuestReview: Shadow Cat - Reena Jacobs

Genre: Paranormal romance
Pages: 368
Published: February 2011
Review by Lis

Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends. A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process? If Berani wishes to save her family… if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together against the threats of encroaching wehr-tigers and bloodsucking demons… or perish.

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Mmmmm, tropical and exotic locations, hot steamy man, passionate sex scenes that make your screen melt and a kick-ass heroine. Sounds like the making of a good paranormal romance? Right? We’ll see.

Shadow Cat is about Eric and Berani. Eric is a hot shot CEO of a pharmaceutical company. He’s in Malaysia to solve the mess his team made while looking for the next big cure. Berani is a shaman and a weretiger. She lives with her tribe in the wilds of Malaysia. Their first meeting doesn’t go to well, but they soon get very well. Very well indeed. In fact, they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Well most of the time. She doesn’t like the research expedition so much and there is nothing she would do to see them gone. Well that is until she meets a certain hot shot CEO. But there is trouble looming on the horizon in the form of the very nasty Penanggalan. Yes, try to say that without breaking your tongue. Google is your friend and they are the Malaysian version of Vampires.

Shadow Cat  left me fence sitting…which, I might add, is not very comfortable. It’s a book I wanted to like, especially because it’s something different, but it didn’t give me the high I expected. There was no real click. This could be because there was too much sex. Eep! Yes, I actually said ‘too much’ but after a while I got bored.

Then there was the love through comfort/care. It’s a trope that is very very very common within romance and a deus ex machina to get characters together and I found that it didn’t work for me in this instance.

I did love the world building. Reena Jacobs paints a vivid picture of Malaysia and I loved that the setting was for once not America.

The monster or the big baddie in this book was both something new and familiar. I loved it!

The characters were well done, but I did miss a bit of depth in both. They were not stereotypes, but I missed the real insight into the characters. Berani is the obvious strong woman type who cares for her people and is willing to do anything to protect them, but I didn’t find out what made her tick.

Eric is the typical rich CEO who comes with a money hunting girlfriend who wants to get married. Like Berani he’s not a stereotype, but I missed insight into his character. Both characters are polar opposites, but their attraction is raw and wild.

I loved the role of Bryan, a secondary character. He was the glue between the two. Overall, I liked this story but it didn’t draw me in. Maybe you have better luck with it.'




22 comments:

  1. Oh! It's one of my Misadventures guys, and I hadn't seen this cover before! Cool! :)

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  2. Thanks for the honest review, Liz. :) Lots of food for thought, both your likes and dislikes. I guess this one falls under can't win them all.

    Chris, after going through that link (http://www.stumblingoverchaos.com/archives/10966) I don't think I'll ever look at Eric the same way again.

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  3. I love how the artists try to hide his hairline with the long, in your face hair. Some of those put me in a fit of giggles. And the comments... man boobs?

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  4. I see that you two have been talking here :)

    Chris
    I thought I recognized him :) Lol, you are making me take a second look at every guy I see on a cover

    Reena
    I am glad you like the review, the good and the bad :)

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  5. Excellent, Blodeuedd! Your training is coming along very well. ;)

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  6. If Lis says there's too much sex and she was actually bored I won't touch the book. Chris, are you training Blodeuedd for free?

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  7. Thank you Master *bows* I try my best

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  8. The setting sounds nice, but I'm sorry the characters didn't quite capture you.

    Interesting training there... lol

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  9. Wonderful, honest review. I really don't like that cover though. The setting does sound interesting.

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  10. O.O

    Too much sex? Is that possible?

    Where can I sign up for training?

    @Chris, check out your site and LMAO! Good stuff. ;)

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  11. Fence-sitting *is* uncomfortable- LOL, loved that comment! Don't think this book is quite my thing regardless, but always appreciate an honest review!

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  12. *waves to Naida*

    Aarti'
    Honesty is the way to go :)

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  13. Hi Missie
    I missed you there. And Chris has the best stuff, lol

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  14. The name alone makes this a no go for me.
    Oh well. Great guest review though :)

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  15. Well that cover certainly promises a lot of sexy scenes.

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  16. Jenny
    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Steph
    I would not expect anything else :)

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  17. I just read the review since it has been set in my country! I never thought some author would actually know Malaysia.LOL. Thanks to the author, I'm quite surprised myself. I don't think I will ever read a so much sex scenes in a book, but sure it will be good to others =)

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  18. Blodeuedd, D.R. is my other account.Forgot to sign out first before commenting. LOL

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  19. Darlyn
    I was wondering who that was :) Cool that it was set there

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  20. And thank you Lis for your review :)

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