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    Great Start to Series

    This book is the first book in the Rubicon International series. I have read other books from this author and I was not disappointed in this book. This is a standalone. And no cliffhanger at the end though it is open-ended for future books. There is violence and hot steamy shifter sex. Definitely 18+. The author packed a lot of emotion and action into this read. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. The author managed to richly describe the background of the company which is the basis of the series, the characters, and get you caught up in the emotions between the main characters. There is plenty of action as well as twists and turns in the book. I really enjoyed this book and storyline. I hope we see more of Garen and Miranda in future books. I look forward to reading more of Ann Gimpel's books and the next book in this series once it's released. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review though I would have purchased this if I had not.
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    Can there be love in a world of secrets & danger

    This authors wide range of story telling is amazing; I never know what I'm going to be reading about when I pick up when of her books. This story is set against a background of an espionage agency, with all the danger and secrets that it entails. But the part I really liked best was the "no I'm not going there" attitude of both the hero, Garen, and heroine, Miranda. Garen is head of the American Rubicon International section of the company and Miranda is an agent, and the rules say that working together means no entanglements. They both are keeping secrets from each other the most important one being their heart stopping attraction for each other. Amongst the danger there is also humor, but the most glaring point to me of the story is the beautiful love story in the making. Once they admit it to themselves and each other, their love is all encompassing and full of passion. If you love paranormal romance with danger and a touch of humor, you have to get this book. I'm now on to the next in the series, "Lars". Be advised that the stories are stand alones but who doesn't want a good book to continue in one shape or another?
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    Shifter, leader, alpha and the spy

    Garen and Lars are the founders of Rubicon International, an espionage agency. As they are shifters, the agency grew over time and their agents are hand selected by passing a couple of tests. Garen has a few other secrets, one is that he is into Miranda, one of his spies. Miranda has a mission in Europe, Amsterdam, where she has to eliminate the boss of a human trafficking organization. Something goes wrong, Miranda is able to kill the, but she can only escape injured and with her identity exposed. Lars helps her escape from Europe and brings her to Garen, who wants to lock her away in order to protect her. Miranda is attracted to him and to the Alpha of her shifter race and Garen as her boss does his best to keep his distance. Miranda is not a full agent yet and Garen puts her through tests while fighting his need for her, his change in closeness and distance and actions confuse her. When Miranda comes up with a plan to go undercover into a local branch of the organization it is needless to say that Garen is not pleased. Will they uncover the secret of the other and find a way to be together or will they decide on what kept them satisfied for so long, their work? I loved this book, not your typical shifter world, but one with friendship, loyalty and a fight against a very realistic bad organization. The story twists and turns as it develops. You learn about the main characters pasts and also what drives them currently. Great story.
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    Everything you could want in one read

    Garen is a wolf shifter & owns Rubicon International. RI runs a variety of missions of the covert nature. One of his operatives, Miranda, has been sent to help eliminate the leader of a string of abductions involving women & sex/slave trade. All of Garen's proven operatives are all shifters of some kind, but Garen can't decide if Miranda is a shifter or not. The one thing he does know is that he can't get her out of his head & stays turned on whenever he's near her or thinks about her. Miranda has had the hots for Garen since she started working at RI. They both know his rule "no fraternizing with employees". They have hot steamy sex on the airplane while heading home, and Miranda tells him it was a mistake & won't happen again. When Miranda's life is threatened due to her participation in the mission, Garen feels responsible & decides to be the one to protect her. When the bad guys show up at the safe house where both Garen & Miranda are staying, he knows that he has to trust her with his secret of being a wolf shifter. He changes in front of her, which makes her comfortable with showing her shifter self, which is also a wolf. They escape & neither of them can deny their attraction to the other. However, both are determined to stay away so as not to succumb to the temptation. Garen sends her out on an her final test to become a full operative, and he "mind-speaks" to her in her wolf form to help her pass the test. Garen also happens to be the leader of the wolf shifters where they all get together once a month in their wolf forms. Miranda doesn't know this, but once the test is over, Garen in his wolf form approaches her & overcome with his desire for her, he mates with her in wolf form. I won't give any more info/spoilers away, but this is a good story. It's filled with some twists, heightened emotions & steamy sex. This story was a little slow for what I'm used to from Ann, but it is a story that the characters are well-written. You get everything you could expect from one of Ann's books--hope, suspense, action, and steamy sex.
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    This isn't your typical paranormal series...

    Received this book for an honest review. This story's flow was all over the place. It seemed slow in the beginning, then seemed to fluctuate the rest of the way. I gather that because this was a remake, it seemed to be written by two different authors or the author's objectives were varied in character development. I couldn't keep focus at times and had to stop and pick it up again later. That being said, I do like the overall concept. It seems overly long due to the history of Garen's early years but when it came to that of the present and his love interest, it seemed the story line was rushed. However, in a series story line it's expected to give background and to setup the rest of the books. But I got the gist and was pleasantly surprised about some love scenes that brought animal lust to new heights. No other author that I've come across has ventured that path and I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one who wondered what could happen if... I look forward to Lars' story!
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