Passion’s Prey

A.C. Arthur. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-54912-1

In the third Shadow Shifters erotic paranormal (after Seduction’s Shift), Arthur continues to bring a Latin flair to her secret world of feline shapeshifters. Werejaguar Caprise Delgado works at a strip club, where she’s all but worshiped and can embrace her love of dancing. One night, she’s rescued from a gang of shifters by Xavier “X” Santos-Markland, an FBI agent and fellow shifter with whom she’s always had friction. Friction becomes lust as they surrender to mutual desires, amplified by the time they spend together while dealing with an assortment of enemies and their own lingering emotional issues. A raw, uncompromising passion unites the lovers, leading to sizzling, edgy sex and a real emotional connection. The overarching plot, continuing from previous installments, is just this side of generic—enjoyable without particularly standing out. Agent: Christine Witthohn, Book Cents Literary Agency. (Apr.)