Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: 'Turning Payne' by Chantel Seabrook

Having first encountered Canadian author Chantel Seabrook in one of her joint venture novels, it is terrific to see how smoothly and elegantly she is able to place a paranormal romance before us and pull us into her fantasy so successfully. Chantel lives in London, Ontario and is passionate about her writing – an obsession with fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction – and the result if some of the most polished ‘out of the ordinary’ stories you will likely encounter. Oh, and she has an Honors Degree in Anthropology from Western University – and that may have conjured her paranormal Therian series that is so popular.

Jumping right into the thrill of the tale, Chantel opens her story with that special flavor she maintains to the last page: ‘"Breaking news— the Siberian tiger seen roaming Central Park earlier this morning has been detained on Lexington Avenue. Central Park Zoo has denied accusations that the animal is theirs. Police are asking anyone with information—" Turner blew out a frustrated breath and switched the car radio off. The Therian Agency had been able to keep most of the recent cases out of the news, but when a six-hundred-pound predator strolls through the streets of New York City, it was going to get media coverage. He loosened his tie and glanced at the unopened manila envelope marked CASE #238 on the passenger seat. It contained the file of the most recent incident of spontaneous shifting. Thank God, the media hadn't gotten a hold of that story.’

Or as the synopsis pleads, ‘Agent Turner Payne, lion shifter, has dedicated his career to bringing down the man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of metamorphs. His world is turned upside-down when he crosses paths with his mortal enemy's daughter, Riley, and she becomes the victim of her own father's latest experiment. Riley has to decide whom she can trust--if anyone, and Turner must go against Therian law to protect her. But at what cost?'

Freely dust the pages with steamy erotica and you have a story that is not easy to put down. But the real pleasure of Chantel’s strange fiction is the style with which she writes. Very fine indeed! Grady Harp, March 16

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