Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Lucy May is a lynx shifter who owns the Rise & Grind coffee shop but when she arrived at the shop she was shocked to find her front window smashed. After cleaning up to prepare for her customers she was in the process of nailing a board over the broken window when a voice behind her told her it was crooked. The voice belonged to Detective Damian Charming and a man who she could barely tolerate.
Damian is a Griffin, half eagle and half lion and considered to be the lord of all beasts but when it comes to Lucy he acts more like a jackass. A year ago he found her naked in the forest fighting with her father who was trying to kidnap her and when he interceded and told her she was too small and weak to fight off a grown man she took it as an insult. He has loved her ever since that day a year ago but makes no attempt at a relationship because he is convinced she hates him.
Lucy has mixed feelings about Damian it is a love, hate feeling, she feels that he would never want her because he feels she is weak and small and he is a Griffin so what would a Griffin want with a lynx. And every time he sees her he puts his big foot into his big mouth. He is worried that someone is out to hurt her after he sees the broken window and the first thing he says is that the board is crooked and that she should never have touched anything before the police arrived, so once again he is putting her down.
In spite of Damian’s power as a Griffin he is clueless as a man. If there is any hope for these two it is if they finally reveal how they really feel instead of assuming and we know what assuming means. What happens between Damian and Lucy, who is responsible for the broken window and threats are things you will have to find out for yourself and I promise you won’t be sorry, well I wasn’t.
This is part of the series That Old Black Magic but each book in that series is a standalone.