Tales of the Darkworld 1: Shifting Winds
After a painful and humiliating break-up with her fiancÚ, Elysia doesn't commit herself to anymore than an occasional one night stand. When her brother insists that she represent their family at the Undertaker's Ball on Halloween, Elysia agrees to go, figuring that she can kill two birds with one stone and relieve her pent up sexual frustration with a one night stand. She chooses Declan because her body wants him more than anyone else she has ever met, but her mind knows that she is stepping into dangerous territory. Declan stirs instincts in her to mate, but she has no intentions of ever doing that. She is a vampire, and he is a dragon shape-shifter. She never wants to settle down, but that is all he wants. Adding to all that is the fact that Declan has had a massive crush on her for years, and she is stepping into very dangerous territory.

Lex Valentine has a fun and entertaining writing voice, which I enjoy more each time I read one of her books. Shifting Winds added to that admiration. This book is hot, hot, hot, from the beginning to the end. The plot is simple and well-developed considering the short length of the book.

Elysia was a fun character to get to know. She is strong, smart and successful and thinks that she knows what she wants. I felt sorry for her when she turned away from Declan because it caused her such great pain. When she finally finds her happiness, after her brothers' ingenious and deceptive plan, I was so relieved and happy for her.

Declan is a huge man, very powerful yet so very sweet. He knows his heart and isn't afraid to go after what he wants. I was crushed when he was hurt, and I could feel his pain. It was such a joy to watch these two finally bond, as they were meant to do.

My only complaint is that this book could have been so much better if it were longer. These two had a good story to tell, and this short book didn't give me nearly enough of them. Thankfully, this is the first book in a series. I look forward to reading the next books in the series.

Reviewed by: Melissa C.