Shifting Targets by Austina Love

Shifting Targets by Austina Love
Sweet Hitchhiker 3
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

You can chase a shadow but you can never catch it—especially if it’s chasing you!

Trapped deep in the woods of South Dakota, Shye must find a way to escape the posse chasing her. She employs her gift as a shifter in a new way that takes Trip off guard, causing him to wreck his bike. With the help of an old friend, the two lovers wreak havoc on a small town while shifting the eyes of the law in the right direction.

Thinking the worst is over—she rides into town seeking to regain ownership of her family’s farm. What she uncovers is more shocking than anything she imagined. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to right a wrong committed against her people? Or will Trip convince her that he has a better way?

A fascinating book with Native American influence as well as paranormal. Shye is trying to recover her parents land and home which the local banker, Carter, has tricked them into selling. To do this she must discredit the banker and his partner Pike. In a previous book she has met Trip who wants revenge on Pike who killed his brother.

Shye’s ability to borrow shadows of animals and humans and become them for a short period helps them in both their quests. They have also fallen helplessly in love and consider themselves soul mates.

I really enjoyed reading this book, but – there’s always a but isn’t there – I got a bit lost as I haven’t read the previous two books. In fact until I originally thought there was only one previous book until I looked at the title page. As these are short books I feel the excitement and tenseness of the quest is lost by not knowing what happened before or having the sequel to hand. This would be much better as a complete book instead of a series.

That said, I loved the way Shye is Native American but with a modern day twist as she has served in the Armed Forces. Shye and Trip are the heroes and Carter and Pike the villains. The schemes Shye invents to work her way round her problems are unique and can only be solved by using her shadowing talents. Trip is her able backup. Both characters have been alone in their adult lives but together they make a whole. Wonderfully written and very descriptive which allowed me to see every scene in detail. Great book to while away the afternoon.

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