Cat's Cradle, Bianca D'Arc
String of Fate #1
A match made in adventure... and blessed by a feline Chuck Norris.
As bad days go, this one qualifies as one for the books. Elaine knew being late for her jiu jitsu class could earn her a reprimand from her sensei. But the sensei's not there. And suddenly, neither is her car. Even walking home becomes problematic when she stumbles onto things that most definitely do go bump in the night. One of whom is too handsome for his own good - and too sexy for hers.
An Alpha Pantera Noir - black panther shifter - Cade operates on his immense skill, superior strength, and dominant personality. There's something about this small spitfire of a human woman that threatens to bring him to his knees. She blundered into the middle of his mission to transport his queen to safety, and now it's his responsibility to keep Elaine safe as well. Except no matter what he does, danger finds her at every turn.
Thrust into a world where the supernatural is commonplace, Elaine finds her considerable martial arts skill tested to the limit-and her ability to resist Cade crumbling by the second. But when nothing is as it seems, the last things she can trust are her own instincts...
Cat's Cradle brings our beloved Tales of the Were into the mainstream flow! Enjoy going over to the D'Arc side as the author is known to say....I'm betting readers will think it isnt a bad place to start, Who doesn't love a good shifter story? As an "old school" fantasy/paranormal writer, D'Arc knows how to deliver. Her world building is complex but her story lines move quickly and her characters are great. You really can't go wrong with a powerful alpha shifter and a badassed heroine. Most readers will agree having a strong female to balance the alpha makes for a more enjoyable read.
With a classic cute-meet, Ellie crashes into Cade, literally outside her jiu-jitsu studio one night. And a fateful night it is. Nurse, green belt, all around independent Miss finds herself entranced with the uber-Alpha pantera noir Cade. Neither lives will be the same and their meeting may indeed be the catalyst (no pun intended) for change in BOTH their races.
The story has little lags which seem to happen in the first of a series and for those who haven't read the Tales of the Were, there are things that may not readily click. That being said, the story is well written, the character and dialogue are great and the intense connection between Ellie and Cade is like sunshine on a tin roof - hot, hot, hot!
I am so ready for the next book in this series King's Throne!