Book Review: Touching Paradise by Cleo Peitsche

Guest Reviewed by Gyn 

1Title: Touching Paradise
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Series: Shark Shifter Paranormal #1
Heroine/Hero: Monroe/Koenraad
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 137 Pages
Publisher: Pouch Productions
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Despite his billions in the bank, Koenraad is a shark shapeshifter haunted by secrets and regrets. Unable to move on with his life, he relentlessly patrols the waters near the island he once considered home. Fate puts the beautiful Monroe in his path, and duty demands he offer his services, but one look into her eyes and he knows the lonely, frightened woman secretly yearns for adventure.

Monroe is having a hard time getting into the vacation spirit. She’s surrounded by powdery white sand and swaying palm trees, but she’s terrified of the ocean. When her tour boat breaks down at sea, she’s thrilled to skip the so-called trip of a lifetime. However, a gorgeous man with a sleek yacht is determined to change her mind… and maybe her life.

Contains explicit sexual content and graphic language that may be objectionable to some readers. Includes sexual dominance and submission and very mild BDSM elements. For adults only.

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Review: Shark!!! Sharks dancing with Katie Perry! Shark Week! Sharknado! Sharks are everywhere lately, and the romance genre is no exception. Touching Paradise, the first book in Cleo Paitsche’s shark shifter series, is like a fresh ocean breeze blowing across the paranormal/shifter romance trope. But be forewarned, if you jump into the water, you’re going to want to swim all the way to the bottom. This first book has a happy for now ending, and I ended up buying the rest of the books in the series. But don’t worry, the price of each book is on the shallow end, so you won’t have to go looking for buried treasure to afford them!

So the story dives right into things with a little back story on shark shifter Koenraad and his secret heartbreak before jumping forward a bit to the present time on Tureygua island where Monroe is playing bridesmaid at her friend’s Caribbean wedding. She’s sans her plus one after being stood up by her boyfriend, which has her friends encouraging her to move on and make the most of her vacation. She decides to do just that and heads out to the open ocean for a little sun and snorkeling.

Everything that happens in the ocean surrounding the island is Koenraad’s business. As one of the shark shifters whose job it is to guard the people and the sea, he takes an interest in a broken down tour boat. As a man with deep desires and a need to dominate, he takes an even greater interest in the boat’s bikini clad passenger.

From here, Monroe and Koenraad begin a sort of synchronized swimming dance. They come together and drift apart, but always manage to remain connected. Monroe must deal with her insecurities and fears, one of which happens to be a fear of water. You can imagine how well this goes with a shark shifter, but it actually makes for some interesting angst and some sweet/sexy moments of trust and vulnerability.

There’s actually a lot of plot going on in this short book and nothing is really finished by the end, so again, you’ll want to just keep on going to find out about Koenraad’s evil baby mamma, Monroe’s ex, their budding relationship and so on. Also, once you dip your toe in the water, you’ll want to read more and more of those steamy, slightly kinky and very intense smexy times!

I will say that this book doesn’t have tons of depth in terms of world building, but because it’s so unique, I found that I didn’t mind the missing details or questionably magical parts too much. There were definitely things that I’ve never read before and some things that I love about paranormal/shifter romance (like dominating men, the intense feel of mates, etc).

In the end, I think you absolutely have to give it a try. I mean, come on, it’s shifters and sharks!

Overall Impression: It was good

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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