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Noah's Boy (Shifters) by Sarah A. Hoyt
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Review by Gayle Surrette
Baen Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451639049
Date: 02 July 2013 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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We first met these characters in Draw One in the Dark where the world was set up and the pieces put in motion. Gentleman Takes a Chance, the next book in the series, didn't give them much of a chance to enjoy their well-earned break after the first book before plunging then into even more mayhem. Now in Noah's Boy, Hoyt escalates the action, intrigue, and complications of clashing values, morals, and ages, forcing Tom Ormson and Kyrie Smith to face some hard choices.

Tom is a dragon shifter and Kyrie shifts into a panther. They own a diner together and are comfortable with each other. They're even thinking of marriage, perhaps someday... not just yet though. They've been on their own and being a couple takes some getting used to... especially when you've only just begun to realize that you've found someone you can trust at your back.

However, the Great Sky Dragon, head of all dragon shifters, has found Tom the perfect wife, and it isn't Kyrie. The fact that Bea, the dragon shifter that the Great Sky Dragon has settled on, doesn't want to marry Tom, doesn't even factor into the Great Sky Dragon's plans. It should, but then he'd never met anyone who had refused him until he met Tom.

Meanwhile, Rafiel Trall, a lion shifter working as a police officer, has found evidence that a shifter is killing undocumented workers out near the old amusement park. He needs Tom and Kyrie to help him find the killers lair.

It would seem that this would be enough conflict and danger to fill a novel but Hoyt adds enough additional side issues and twisted motivations, political maneuvering, misunderstanding, surprising revelations, and just plain culture clashes to keep the pages turning and the reader on the edge of their seat hoping that there will be an ending with enough people standing to rate another installment with these characters.

This series still surprises even with three books down and I hope more to come.

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