Monday, March 30, 2015

Star Dust RR: Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell

Title:Figure of Speech
Series: Halle Shifters, 4
Author:Dana Marie Bell
Publisher:Samhain Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
PageCount:242 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb

When two hearts speak as one, no words are needed.

Halle Shifters, Book 4

Chloe Williams has waited four long years for her mate to acknowledge her. Time and again he has turned her away for being too young, even when she was hospitalized, recovering from a beating that left lingering aftereffects. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to decide if it’s worth risking her heart yet again.

Ten years older than Chloe and dealing with issues she knows nothing about, veterinarian James Woods is about ready to howl in frustration. He’s been drawn to Chloe since she was a radiant nineteen-year-old college student, but the age difference held him back from making a move on her. Now his Wolf wants what’s his, and Jim is finally in a place where he can claim her.

Between meddling mothers, Hunter brothers, and a mystery that threatens to end Chloe’s life, they might find an opportunity to tell each other just how they feel. Or find themselves separated by more than just misunderstood words.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and two people who finally get their damn act together.

Chloe and James’ story has been a long time coming and author Dana Marie Bell made it well worth the wait.  Chloe has come so close to death she could touch it and James had no clue.  He has been vilified by her friends and family for his apparent callous treatment of Chloe.  The fact that he was forcible changed by a rogue wolf garners him little sympathy.  That is until they learn that James didn’t know just how close he came to losing his mate.  He thought he was giving her time to grow up when he pooh poohed her feelings.  It wasn’t until he was changed by a rogue wolf that he began to have an inkling of the pain he unknowingly inflicted.  Even as Ms. Bell allowed us to understand the why of James she didn’t sugar coat the consequences.  I had never heard of conduction aphasia with phonological paraphasia, long words that embodied a frustrating condition.  But Ms. Bell handled the condition and its consequences with an extremely deft and humorous touch.  I could feel Chloe’s frustration even as I smiled at the results.  By the stories end even I was doing as her loved ones were and substituting the correct words for her.  It was done in such a way that I appreciated the changed world Chloe now lived in and the pain she suffered and overcame ever second of every day.  But Ms. Bell did not focus on the negative.  She focused on what Chloe could do.  She focused on what Chloe could control.  She focused on the love and support from Chloe’s friends and family.  And I loved the honest emotions that leapt from the page intersperse with honest to god humor.  This story has jumped up there to be one of my favorites of the year.  This story was aptly titled Figure of Speech.  And with the fourth installment in the Halle Shifters series I laughed, I cried and I wasn’t ready for it to end.  I am looking forward to where Ms. Bell will take us next in this series.

                     Five Shooting Stars and a Star Dust Award

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