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#BookReview – “Round of Applause” by Marilyn Barr

Blurb

Aurora Turner embarks on a post-graduate adventure to find her forever family only to be captured by the Sluagh, soul-sucking Fae exiles. While she is grateful to be rescued by the Strawberry shifters, her Prince Not-So-Charming is a little hasty when he starts picking out their wedding china.

Destiny gives James Martin a second chance at love. Aurora may prove to be more of a hazard to herself than the Sluagh ever were. He has the daunting task of keeping her away from sharp objects, and from ogling his best friend, Nate.

Nate Wagner is shocked when Aurora passes the prophesized shifter smell test identifying her as his mate. The beta male competes against the mature courtship skills of James with his own modern twist. However, will his devotion to James keep her out of his arms or will they create their perfect family—one they never dreamed of?

Review

In the second Strawberry Shifters series, Aurora Turner wants nothing more than to be loved, so she plans to travel the world in search of a husband. Instead, she ends up a prisoner of the mythical Slaugh, a cruel Fae species who feeds on souls.

James and his best friend, Nate, are part of the Strawberry Shifter Pack in a small Kentucky town, and they’ll do anything to protect their pack from the Slaugh. After a mission goes wrong and James winds up trapped with Aurora in her prison cell, he soon realizes he’s been given a second chance to find a mate. Only later does he realize Nate, too, believes he himself has found a mate in Aurora.

Aurora is an interesting character. She’s torn between living up to other people’s expectations and doing what makes her happy. Nate is carefree and James is serious, but when they’re together, James loosens up and matches Nate as a jokester. The three of them have a great dynamic and were devoted to each other.

I haven’t read the first book in the series, so sometimes I was confused with this one, especially with the timeline.

Ms. Barr wrote the story in first person present tense, which is unusual, but I liked it. Overall, this is a fun story with a different take on shifters.

4 Stars

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