Friday, March 2, 2012


Phantom River book 1
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Date published: October 2011
ISBN 978-0-85715-714-0
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via Publisher

Trina Lane’s first Phantom River story, THE SCENT OF SEDUCTION, is a futuristic shapeshifter romance that is sure to please.

Nicole Holland has escaped from a madman who has held her hostage for over a year. On the run, she stops in Stonepass, Montana to get some money and a few hours of sleep. Waiting in line at a bank, she meets Phantom River Alpha Jaryn Chaunterel, who informs her that she is his mate. As they get to know each other, Jaryn discovers that Nicole has valuable information for the American Shifter Council’s investigation into missing shifters. Nicole can’t believe her good luck in finding the one man who can answer all her prayers and help her rescue the others she left behind when she fled her captor, to boot.

Trina Lane’s THE SCENT OF SEDUCTION is an intriguing story of a future world where shapeshifters walk among us as accepted members of society. The world building was interesting, with not only shifters now as accepted members of society, but also electric cars as the norm and technology that has advanced by leaps and bounds. Policing of the shifters is left in the hands of the American Shifter Council, of which Jaryn is a member.

The characters are well defined. Jaryn is a cross between black ops soldier, super sexy man and wolf Alpha. He is strong, determined and very capable. Nicole’s strength is revealed bit by bit as the story progresses and she becomes more comfortable in her new life. She is also sassy and supportive. The lesser characters played important parts in the storyline and could easily support their own future stories. The pace of the story builds as the story progresses and tensions rise. The story ended with an interesting cliffhanger and future Phantom River stories have been set up beautifully.

The only negative this reader found was the abundance of detailed sex scenes which this reader felt were unnecessary to the storyline and there were entire paragraphs that I simply skimmed through to get through them.

Paranormal romance fans which enjoy a little sci-fi in their story are bound to be intrigued by Trina Lane and THE SCENT OF SEDUCTION.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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