The Jaguar Prince (Princes of Symtaria, Bk 1)
The Jaguar Prince - Princes of Symtaria, Bk 1 Author:Karen Kelley EASY, BIG FELLA... — Zoo worker Callie Jordan knows something primal when she sees it: take, for instance, the naked man sitting at the foot of her bed. He's the same (naked) guy she saw after hours at the zoo. But now he's in her apartment, and just happens to have turned into a black-as-night jaguar. The average ... more »person would be in a blind panic; Callie certainly intends to be -- once she finishes processing what this incredibly hot lunatic is telling her....
It seems Callie's visitor, the one who prefers skins to shirts, is Prince Rogar -- from a place far, far away. Oh, and Callie is from the same place, has the same nifty shapeshifting powers, and is destined to be Rogar's lifemate! It figures the first hot guy ever to show a bit of interest turns out to be certifiable. Then again, Callie's seen Rogar's powers (plus some other choice things) firsthand -- and testing her new roomie's powers of persuasion would be the ultimate walk on the wild side....« less
Enjoyable read-once. A shifter book with a relationship driven plot that has occasional action scenes. The heroine doesn't handle change well - as an abandoned orphan she keeps her dreams controlled and her expectations small. When some naked guy shows up claiming to be a prince from another planet adding that her mother was from there too [and incidentally they're shape shifters and she should be able to do it too] and he's there to take her home... Needless to say she thinks he's cute but crazy. But she buys him clothes, gives him her last $20 and sends him on his way. Of course he keeps showing back up and inserting himself into her life explaining he's also there to save her from a crazed person who wants to kill off all those with mixed blood.
The book is frequently amusing as our heroine discovers her shapeshifting abilities. The heroine sometimes comes across as not the sharpest knife in the drawer and the hero must have been on his first recall mission because he seems singularly unprepared to convince her to return. Actually his spirit animal [Balam, the black jaguar he turns into] seems to be the smartest one in the cast. But they are fun and likable.