Rebel Lion (Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 3)

Lion shifter Dell O’Roarke has never been serious about life, but life is about to get serious with him. The beautiful stranger who’s just arrived in Maui isn’t just looking for anyone — she’s looking for him. And that’s not just any surprise she’s brought along — it’s a baby who looks a hell of a lot like Dell. Soon, he discovers there’s more at stake than his lifestyle as a swinging bachelor. Vengeful shifters are hot on the stranger’s heels, making Dell wonder… Are they after the woman, the baby, or him?

Ad executive Anjali Jain hasn’t taken a vacation in years — and she sure isn’t on vacation now. She’s simply keeping a promise, and then she’ll get back to climbing the corporate ladder. But there’s nothing simple about taking care of a baby — or handing that baby off to a handsome, mysterious stranger who feels like a long-lost friend. Easygoing Dell isn’t her type, but the more he reluctantly reveals of his hidden, soulful side, the deeper she falls in love — and the more mysteries she discovers. How can one man possibly awaken so many lusts and desires at the same time? What evil forces lurk behind the brutal murder of her best friend? And why does she have the feeling there’s something not quite human about the murderers — or about Dell?

The Reviews!

Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Shifter love story - absolutely love this series
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
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Rebel Lion is much like Dell himself. A bit softer, a touch more lighthearted, not slower but more leisurely, more laid-back… yet, along the edges of this new domestic scene slithers a whisper of danger to come. Yeah. Very much like our lion shifter, Dell O’Roarke. For me, Rebel Lion was very much a story divided into two sections. At first we discover that Dell has a niece, a tiny baby who never knew her father and has tragically lost her mother. To say that Dell’s world was turned upside down in that moment would be an understatement. And not only about Quinn, for along with the baby Dell’s mate has also stepped into his life. Anjali is everything Dell never dreamed possible for himself. Sure, she’s career driven, lives back in Chicago and probably wouldn’t look twice at him on a normal day… but, still. There is an immediate spark, a knowing in her eyes even if she doesn’t really understand the part destiny plays in anyone’s life.

To be frank, I was disappointed in my beloved shifters. Yes, you read that right. From the moment Quinn appeared they didn’t have any confidence in Dell to be able to raise her, perhaps on his own. When they started tossing around other options for Quinn, my blood began to boil. Yes, it did. It was sad to me to see these men and women who knew Dell, fought beside him, shared his secrets, and admittedly knew him as a carefree, live for the moment kind of man. That they would put forth such a suggestion, that their faith and belief in their friend, brother was so low… I hurt for Dell, very much. And I wanted to start slapping people upside the head. Yes, even dragon shifters at that moment. I wanted to ask Cynthia how she’d feel if anyone dared suggest that future for Joey. Yeah, flash fire for certain would be the answer. Throughout this personal drama Dell and Anjali are slowly falling in love. Oh, Dell’s lion knew they’d found their mate but the man was too busy seeing how it couldn’t work at first. Everything changes when this newly formed family return to Chicago for the official signing of papers. Absolutely everything.

And here is the second section of Rebel Lion. The fight til the death, defend the mate and cub moment. The edge of danger has been slowly building and it comes to a head when we’re confronted with an old enemy, and learn her plans. The enemy that went after Quinn’s mother has joined forces with a more powerful ally and the fight is on to protect, to defend what is most important in Dell’s life.

I was captured all over again with Dell and Anjali’s story. There is a different feel to their story, one that is very much in touch with Dell’s personality. Watching Dell learn the joys, fears and delight of fatherhood was such an enjoyable experience. Also, watching the confirmed bachelor falling was a special delight. I wasn’t the least surprised that Dell’s story involved a little one, you only have to see how he is with Joey to know what a great father he’d make. We’ve learned a but more about Cynthia this time… and waiting for that shoe to fall is going to be agonizing. I absolutely loved Rebel Lion for its differences and for the continuity as well. Life is full of unseen corners to be turned, and Dell did that so well. If you love Shifter Romance or have followed this series then you need to pick up Rebel Lion. Fascinating characters, detailed story lines, threads woven through each story that connect them all … and simply a damn good story. Indulge yourself and enjoy another trip to Magnum’s estate (grin), you’ll enjoy the trip I guarantee.

I own a Kindle edition of this book.
Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anjali !
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
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What do you do when confronted by a pink bundle with eyes just like yours? Why you go all lion - hawt & protective! Dell's lion was up for the challenge of Anjali and her pink bundle even before Dell knew it. Anjali didn't know what work or satisfaction was until she had that little pink bundle. Everything isn't all stuffed lions and sleepy babes for the shifters on Maui. There is a major threat that needs to be solved and a pearl that won't be denied. I really enjoyed the different facets of Dell and even Anjali. Showing the playful side, to the responsible, scared and serious, to the protective sides. The nicknames that the played with all throughout the story were hysterical. Everyone working together like a big family to protect Quinn, the baby, was fabulous. Another great shifter read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Lion Hear Me Roar!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
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Anjali and Dell are my new favorite power couple. This story was explosive and saucy from the beginning. I've always loved Dell's inner beast and beauty. His emotions and call of duty demeanor take no prisoner attitude just like the majestic king of the jungle he is..but if it wasn't for love and Destiny playing a part he would have never conquered his inner alpha strength. Of course it helps to have a strong woman in your corner. It's what they say the male might be the king of the jungle but the woman rule the world. And damnit if Anjali didn't bring her inner lioness out when it was most needed. Protect your family and Destiny will help guide you along.

Moira just knew she was going to get her way this time but she had another thing coming. It's seems Moira is the common thread that brought this group of shifters and their mates together. Greed, revenge and power corrupts her. She will go to no end to make everyone pay and suffer. But they will not be destroyed or beaten. I feel it's going down soon. I have a vision all the shifters from Koakea Plantation and Koa Point will band together and open up a can of whoop a$%. I cannot wait for the next story.

I almost forgot, Anjali came through to help protect her newly found family. Quinn, Joey and all the rest of the group becomes hers and nobody muff what's hers. Get the book!
	Sandy Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2018
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I swear these books just keep getting better and better with every new story. I LOVE Dell and Anjali!!! As usual, they are PERFECT for each other. And little Quinn and Joey. Love them. That's my favorite thing about Anna Lowe's series, you get to catch up in each book with the folks that came before!! I can't WAIT for Chase!!! My heart aches for him. How hard it must be for him. Lowe writes these people in a way that the most outlandish scenarios seem possible, and realistic. Love these series so much. Hate when each one comes to an end. I just hope she comes up with at least one more after Book 5. It has to be about Cynthia. Oh well, waiting impatiently. Did I say that? Patiently. Lol

Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 2: Rebel Bear

Bear shifter meets runaway bride in this steamy, suspenseful paranormal romance!

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the modest, anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor — and her scheming mother/manager — go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force too. A good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.

Bear shifter Timber Hoving is just another Special Forces vet slowly adjusting to island time. That is, until an irresistible stranger rushes into his meticulously organized world. Before Tim knows it, his human side is wrestling with temptation, and his bear is head over heels in love. But Hailey’s first encounter with shifters is a terrifying one, and Tim can’t reveal the truth about himself without losing her forever. Worse, sinister shifter forces are closing in, following a ruthless agenda of their own. They’ll stop at nothing to capture Tim’s destined mate — dead or alive.

The Reviews!

Bookworm555
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Karter and Ronan
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2019
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After seeing Commander Karter in several books and watching him interact with Dara (Chloe, Seth, and Dorian's daughter), we have begged Grace for him to get a mate and she answered us with this great story.

(To understand my review, I just want to put it out there, I read for story and could care less about the sexy times)

This story drops us right into the middle of the Hive war, as mentioned in the previous books, the Battlegroup Karter is actively holding back the Hive in sector 437. Karter was tested years and years ago and has been too busy to have any thoughts of a bride. Ronan is also a Commander and is just as intense as Karter due to the heavy weight of responsibility demanded by their positions. Erica has always loved the stars and jumped at her chance to be among them, especially after her testing as part of a Prillon sandwich (her words, not mine).

This story is told from all three POV and we get to see just how tortured Karter is and how much weight is on his very broad shoulders. I really loved Karter and Ronan and even though Erica is just a feisty as the other Interstellar Brides, I guess I just wasn't as impressed with her as I was with the other brides - she does love both of them and fights for a true mating but that's about it. BUT, Karter and Ronan make up for any deficiencies I felt Erica had. The new development in the war is a major game changer and the Coalition is going to have their hands full dealing with it.

I love this series and while I have received advanced copies of these books (yes, I joined Grace's review team to get my hands on these books as soon as possible), I have purchased every single one. Purchasing these books and writing reviews so that others have a chance to discover this talented author's work is my way of supporting her and my habit 🙂
Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, an amazing, intense, steamy romance - love this series
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2018
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What has always drawn me to Anna Lowe’s books are the word pictures she paints. I can smell the salty tang of the ocean breeze, I can see the mischief in Joey’s eyes, I can taste the Hawaiian lunch truck food on a picnic at the beach, I can feel the growing attraction between Hailey and Tim… and I can sense the concern of his brothers, friends and fellow shifters as well. When an author can take the time to paint a word picture that transports me into their world, allows a story to build at its own pace and gives me an exciting story with several layers – then I’m going to be hooked on their work for a very long time.

I was easily swept into the world of the Aloha Shifters once again with a very dramatic opening scene that sets the pace for the rest of Rebel Bear. Tim may now be ex-Special Forces but he has no intention at all of getting involved in the mad hunt for the woman running desperately searching for a hiding place or to escape these goons chasing after her. No, he’s no knight in shining armor these days — but his bear has a different reaction. Help her. Save her. Destiny. He might have been successful in ignoring his bear if it weren’t for that smell of shifter excitement of the chase in the air. Reluctantly Tim heads for his future, one that will bring him everything he ever wanted – if he can overcome one woman’s fear of the animal in him.

Hailey had been completely duped by her mother. She knew this dress was the wrong color for a bridesmaid. And that suspicion came true when the jerk she’d been about to break up with tries to stage a forced wedding/proposal in front of a huge crowd, reporters at the ready to capture the whole farce. Since Jonathan wasn’t accepting her repeated No, Hailey did the only thing she could think of… she ran. Which might have worked if there weren’t several henchmen of Jonathan’s after her as well – or if she hadn’t backed herself into a corner with no escape. Why she trusted the strong male voice on the other side of the door she had no idea, but she did, and really he was her only way out of this mess. Putting her faith into a stranger’s hands might not have been the logical choice, but she felt safe and that feeling alone was worth the risk. Soon she’d be accepting the kindness of strangers… and entering into a world she never dreamed existed.

Rebel Bear brings us an engaging, at times intense, romance with more than its fair share of potholes. Tim knows that Hailey is his mate but her intense fear of animals from something in her past, to the onslaught of her fears when encountering what cannot be true in her world will keep Tim from confessing his own secret. He will do everything in his power to keep Hailey safe from those who want to do her harm… but if he can figure out a way to have her in his life that would be the perfect solution. There are a variety of villains in this story. Some are truly vile and dangerous with an agenda that has been planned for a very long time. Others are the more selfish, self-serving kind, Hailey’s mother in fact. And an older known enemy will be brought into this current situation with menacing possibilities. There is a bit of several things going on in Rebel Bear, some that will, I’m sure, be revealed in the rest of the series.

I loved Rebel Bear, easily got caught up in this magic once again. We’ll run into old friends, learn a bit more about several situations and simply sit back and enjoy the unfolding romance of Tim and Hailey. I would highly recommend this story and series to any Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance reader who loves a good solid story, believable characters, secondary characters that bring the book to life, vile villains to hate and a strong love story to enjoy. (and yes, I know this review went on too long… but I did love this story)
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story about bear shifter and his mate
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
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Tim is in construction, a bear shifter, and has a logical mind. He meets Hailey who is the model and he's being forced to marry someone she does not love. Can Tim save her I'm convinced her that she is his mate?

This series is about the pearls of Desire and is a 5 stories complete this series. This is the second story. The character of Tim who doesn't believe the Haley is his mate although the bear knows it. Hailey is a successful model whose mother is pushing her toward marriage. The character of Hailey develops because have the people who rescued her. Plot is fast-paced drama with many twists and turns that makes the reader eager find out what's happening next.

I highly recommend this book and would give us a higher rating if I could.
LeMiliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim and Hailey - Will She Stay
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018
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This review is written after listening to the audio version of this book. I had previously read the book and enjoyed it so much I just had to listen to it too.

This book about Timber and Hailey, we met Timber aka Tim in the previous book when he and his brothers arrived on this island paradise to work security for their friends. When Tim meets Hailey she is running, she got up that morning thinking she was going to be a Bridesmaid at the wedding of her boyfriend's sister. She had been planning on breaking off her relationship with Jonathan but didn't want to spoil his sister's wedding for him. So she enters the wedding space to find she's been ambushed, for want of a better word, Jonathan goes down on one knee and proposes so THEIR WEDDING can take place now!

This plan has been concocted by Jonathan and her mother (a really greedy, selfish piece of work in my opinion, she tries to tell them both NO but they won't take no for an answer the only option left to her is to RUN! Run she does straight into Tim who helps her ESCAPE and offers her a place of safety. Tim has already recognised her as his fated mate but how to convince her.

Hailey is invited to stay with Tim and help him fix up a property belonging to Boon, another bear shifter, did I mention Tim is a bear shifter? Whilst they spend a week together working on the property and getting to know each other Hailey is falling for Tim but Tim is holding back, could Hailey love a shifter?

When Hailey is attacked by a wolf shifter working for Jonathan Tim and his brother Connor save her but she is so frightened by the experience that Tim feels he can't tell her what he is. So despite a deep love on his part he decides to keep his secret and loose Hailey. But once again Destiny steps in and forces both their hands, the truth comes out in the most dramatic way, Anna Lowe never does things by halves, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how Tim and Hailey were going to survive this part of the story. I loved this book I loved getting to know Hailey and watching her character grow and I adored Tim, I can't look at a door frame now without thinking of him - you will know why when you listen to this book. I can't really say anything further without giving out too many spoilers, if you have read the blurb you know what to expect but whatever your expectations - this book will exceed them. I loved it

Aloha Shifters is by far my most favourite series to date, this book is the second book in Pearls of Desire, a follow on from Aloha Shifters but I personally think of it as one series. The writing style of Anna Lowe is so very good and easy to follow along, her descriptions of the places and the people make you feel like you've met them and the depth she gives to all her characters is just incredible her words paint a picture and that picture in painted beautifully by Kelsey Osborne who does the most amazing job of narrating this book. I can't praise her or Anna Lowe highly enough. Bring on the next book I say!

This book was given me as a gift and I am voluntarily writing my review.
Silke K
5.0 out of 5 stars Timber just wants to be happy, Fate and Destiny step in.
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
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Hailey was going to her "boyfriend's" sisters wedding in Hawaii, sure why not. As she goes to walk down the aisle, ask eyes are on her?? She gets the idea and no no no it's not happening! She runs away, fast and hard as possible. A mall is a great place to hide! While passing in the food court, she eyes a hunk with emerald green eyes. Yum and suddenly distracted. She runs into a department and hides. Timber's bear is frantic about helping this woman in despair, go he goes after and protects her. His bear thinks it's the best idea around! Being a shifter is a closely guarded secret, so why help a human?

Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 1: Rebel Dragon

Can this rebel dragon learn to play by the rules when his destined mate’s life is on the line?

Off to Maui for a relaxing vacation? Hardly. Surfer Jenna Monroe is on the run from a stalker who lusts after her blood. Instead of combing the beach for lost treasures, she’s forced to venture deep into the terrifying world of shapeshifters. There, even the good guys are hard to trust — all except for the hot-blooded rebel she can’t get out of her head.

Connor Hoving and his band of Special Forces shifters were planning to leave trouble behind by moving to Maui, but destiny has other ideas. His whole future — and that of his brothers — depends on acing his new job as head of security at an exclusive seaside estate. But Connor can barely get his inner dragon to focus with alluring, off-limits Jenna around. Can this rebel dragon learn to play by the rules when his fated mate’s life is on the line?

The closer Connor and Jenna become, the higher forbidden passions blaze. The more they give in to simmering desire, the more impossible love seems. And the more secrets they uncover, the closer their enemies creep. Vampires and ruthless dragons lurk in the shadows, and it’s impossible to tell whose side fate will take. Only one thing is certain: great heroes don’t get to pick their destinies — only the choices they make.

The Reviews!

Karli
5.0 out of 5 stars Connor and Jenna
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2018
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This spinoff paranormal romantic adventure is set in beautiful Hawaii, where the Aloha Shifters have settled and taken mates. They have also brought in a maverick retired special forces team they worked with in the past to provide additional security for the estate and their mates and offspring. An old plantation next door is the "rebel" team's new home.
Connor Hoving is the alpha of the rebel crew hired to provide security. He's flying over from LA when he meets, Jenna, who's on her way to visit her sister. They hit it off, then go their separate ways. But their paths soon cross again and Connor learns Jenna has a stalker, one who has red eyes in her dreams. Connor's instincts are to protect her, but his job isn't the only one at risk if he messes up. This gig is a dream job for his team, one they can't afford to loose. He's been told to stay away from Jenna, so when it becomes evident her stalker has followed her to Hawaii, hard choices have to be made.
This is a great series opener. It introduces an entire new cast of characters, while maintaining contact with the old ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one.
Yvonne D
5.0 out of 5 stars A sizzling romance you can't help but to enjoy!
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2018
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Rebel Dragon Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire Book 1
by Anna Lowe
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OMG! This story is so worth waiting for, you couldn't ask for any thing better than the spin off of Aloha Shifters Jewels of the Heart series. The first book in Aloha Shifters Pearls of Desire, just rocked my world and blew any of my expectations out of the water. 😁 As the first book Rebel Dragon certainly sets the tone which you can't help but to enjoy. The hot and steamy sexy scenes builds from the slow tension between Connor and Jenna. Although there is a few twists in the story, there is also however quite surprise in store for you. What a fantastic story where you are thrust from the beginning into the action and it never really lets up to the end. It starts with Jenna Monroe need for help and can Connor Hoving a rebel dragon who is just starting at his new job learn to play by the rules. Along with his band of Special Forces shifters they intend to leave the trouble behind by moving to Maui. This is a great steamy, suspenseful paranormal romance! Shifters are a huge part of the story and I enjoy how captivating and exciting they are. Jenna and Connor have to navigate their relationship and the danger. I enjoyed how witty and spunky Jenna character is along with the way we are able to see Jenna and Connor relationship develops as well. You can't help but to enjoy this story as it a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like smoldering hot alpha male shifter, you can't help but to enjoy this book! It includes a strong heroine and shapeshifters, billionaires, romance, paranormal suspense, action-adventure and exotic tropical locales! You can discover your next hot alpha hero in this story as it continues to introduce readers to such a rich storybook world, from the sunny and beauty of Maui with the spellbinding beautiful scenery of the sunset. Maui just got hotter with these two. Along with the fact that Maui could be a good cover for such an dragon. This such a sizzling romance I guarantee you will enjoy!
WFTM (cntryrox)
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn’t love a good shifter story
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2018
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Jenna is an experienced surfer and helps her dad at his surfboard shop. She is going to Hawaii because she has a stalker. Connor was in Special Forces and a dragon shifter. Connor is an Alpha but must share the responsibilities with a female dragon until one can be chosen, he is starting a new job with his brother’s and a team member. He is seated to Jenna on the plane and is attracted to her but can tell something is bothering her. Her sister is living in Maui with her shifter mate and is totally shocked to find out her sister is a shifter now too. Connor lives just down the road and can’t believe his good luck. His dragon knows she’s his mate but he doesn’t think he’s good enough for her. When the stalker gets too close, Connor will give his life to save her.
I absolutely loved this story. It has dragons, tigers, wolves, and bears. Jenna is strong and goes after what she wants. Connor is handsome and wants to prove that he’s more than a screw up in. Sexy and action.
deb1210
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Dragon
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
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I absolutely love Anna Lowe's books and this new series is starting off right! I love Connor and Jenna together! Their chemistry was off the charts! Their story had just the right bit of heat and sassiness! There is always a bit of mystery and intrigue to go along with the romantic journey! I loved the first Aloha Shifter series-Jewels of the Heart, and like that we get to see those characters in this series too!

I listened to the audio book narrated by Kelsey Osbourne. She does a spectacular job in voicing everybody. I am sure it was hectic when big meetings occur and all these shifters are talking! I highly recommend listening to this and all of Anna's books!

I can't wait to get my hands on all the new shifters stories in this new Pearls of Desire series!
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Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 6: Lure of the Fox

Destiny only puts events into motion. The rest is up to you.

Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt has no problem risking her life — but never, ever her heart. Not that she expects to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not so easy, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night stand who makes her scarred heart flutter and her fox’s tail wag — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.

Head over heels in love? Not Jake McBride. It’s just that he can’t shake Ella out of his mind — or his dreams. But when destiny reunites him with his kick-ass lover, he can’t deny the attraction any more. There’s something powerful and alluring about Ella — plus a hidden, sensual side he longs to set free.

At the same time, mystery surrounds Ella and Jake’s new employers at Koa Point. How exactly can a group of Special Forces vets afford to live on an exclusive oceanfront estate? What deadly enemy is closing in on their sun-kissed corner of paradise? And is that enemy targeting someone at the estate — or targeting Jake?

The Reviews!


Colleen

5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Delicious
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2018Verified Purchase
And so we come full circle, but this time, not so much like "Magnum, PI," because we don't have a heartbreaking episode with Magnum narrating about his own death and such, where you realize that he's been looking back on his life this whole time... [cue the tears] No, what we have is Ella, the woman who sent Tessa to Maui in the first "Aloha Shifters" book, and started us down this fantastic path to begin with.

She was the one who saved Tessa from the clutches of a dark and heartless Dragon, putting her on the path to her Fated Mate and the first Spirit Stone. Every so often, we've heard whispers of her in other books - enough to make us wonder about her - but finally Ella gets a story of her own!

Just when we think that all 5 Stones have been found, we learn that there's one more Stone out there, more power than the rest. Our brave band of Shifters can't relax and enjoy their Happily Ever Afters quiet yet, but they're going to need some help to prepare for the final battle to come, and that's where Ella comes in.

There's no question as to whom Silas will call for help, of course. Ella served with them overseas, and she's a fellow Shifter. But with one of the females heavily pregnant, he has to bring in TWO extra hands, not just one. What's a Type A Alpha Dragon to do?

Enter Jake McBride. He may not be a Shifter, but he's a decorated Army Ranger, he's served with them before. The men of Koa Point all agree it's the perfect plan, especially since they've all witnessed Ella's hot-and-heavy sleep-talking sessions about Jake more than once. Being happily mated themselves, they decide it's all in brotherly "good fun" to pair these two up...

Which of course is a fun, recipe for disaster-type plot-point.

Take 1 uber-strong magic gem
Add 1 power-hungry female dragon in a fake-marriage plot,
Then Shake liberally with an evil psycho-villain
Crank the temp up to steam with love scenes between 2 amazing Heroes (cool off with ice cubes, as needed)
Spike with adrenaline,
Ad a dash of________
Garnish with an adorable calico kitten

What? Did you think I'd give you the ENTIRE recipe? Where's the fun in that? Read it and fill in your favorite ingredients yourself.

K Cram

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018 Verified Purchase
Dragons, tigers, bears, foxes and more! Lure of the Fox is a wonderful conclusion to the Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart series.

Jake (human) and Ella (fox shifter) served in the military and had a night of passion that neither of them ever forgot. Ella knew that Jake was her mate, but Jake new nothing about shifters and Ella was not about to risk his life by initiating the mating bite. She couldn’t watch her mate die as her mother had. Human males don’t fare so well with the mating bite, as their bodies fight the change to hard.

When fate brings them together again to work at Koa Point providing security, will they be able to fight the mating pull that wants to bring them together? This story is filled with action, suspense and twists and turns, that ends up putting Jake and Ella in a life and death situation. But fate provides a very strong ally in a small spirit stone that just might be the answer to putting Ella’s fear to rest and allow her to have her happily ever after with her mate.

Loved Jake and Ella’s story, which also included the rest of the Koa Point team and the introduction to a couple little ones that make their entrance into the world.

I highly recommend this series. If you enjoy shifter stories with action, suspense and of course love, you will want to read each book.

RetiredHsMom

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Conclusion!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018 Verified Purchase
Rated 1-5 stars w/ 5 being the best

Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars

I was so happy to see Ella get a book. There was always something intriguing about her. I loved her with Jake. I ached every time Ella would remind her fox why she couldn't mate with Jake. The smexy scene in the hotel was scorching!

I truly loved how Jake handled finding out about shifters and didn’t let it scare him away from the woman he loved or his friends. It showed what a strong person he really is.

The ending was somewhat predictable as we know the main characters will ride off into the sunset together. Still…it was a satisfying ending to the series.

Ms. Lowe did a great job of weaving the 5 books into a great series to read and/or listen. Ms. Osborne’s narration was well done as well.

While this series is complete, Moira is still out there somewhere planning her evil schemes. Thank goodness we have a spin-off series coming so we can eventually see her downfall. I'm hoping the original Island crew has cameos so we can peek in on their lives.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audiobook.

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Endless love
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018Verified Purchase
Can it be the special forces that Ella belonged to so long ago which includes two of her brothers trying to play matchmaker or do they know something their not telling? Ella has known the second she laid eyes on Jake he was her mate but not many men accept the change and as he didn't want that life. She figured they would have that one night together while in the fields and what a night. So much more she talked in her sleep calling out his name. Hence the idea. They think they are slick. Plus they are all mated up. Even Silas their team leader was getting married. Jake never stopped thinking about Ella. One night was not enough he wanted forever but at the time he garnered. They were both just doing their jobs and crossing paths whenever assignments permitted. He knew she always wanted to be treated equal so he made sure his squad treated her like she was 6'2minus 10...too cute. Well one last mission, infiltrate the hotel where Silas is having reception and seek out the people who out for them. On a side note he also has to be watchful because someone is gunning for his old unit as well. Something to do with a mission. Oh did I mention they had to pose as newlyweds. That's right theyz married now for realz. Aww don't worry you can just get a divorce after the assignment forget about an annulment cuz you know you can't have hanky panky. And they are pretty much got that covered in spades. Come along and check out this adventure, of strength, love, animals behavior, self sacrifices and what the power of a smoother of the gem stones can do and a stick. Yeah I said a stick. This story was like "you had me at hello." A must read.

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5: Love of the Dragon

Silas Llewellyn, the last of a once-mighty dragon clan, doesn’t have time for anything but work and duty. He certainly doesn’t have time for love — not with a ruthless enemy plotting to destroy everything he holds dear. When a priceless diamond — one of the legendary Spirit Stones — surfaces in New York, Silas knows the jewel is nothing but trouble…just like the alluring woman who refuses to relinquish the gem.

Bartender Cassandra Nichols never asked to inherit a mysterious diamond, and she really never intended to come between two warring dragons. But with one near-miss escape after another, she has no choice but to choose sides. Before she knows it, she’s whisked by private jet to an oceanfront estate in Hawaii for her own “protection.” Is the enigmatic Mr. Llewellyn just another billionaire dragon who thinks he can claim anything he wants? Or is there more to the soulful stranger than meets the eye?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Colleen

5.0 out of 5 stars That Amazing Higgins Episode
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018Verified Purchase
You remember in the later seasons of “Magnum, PI” when the writing got really, really good, and there were more dramatic episodes? And there was that one Higgins Episode? You know the one I mean. The one where the storyline revealed deep, dark, interesting details of Higgins’ life that you never suspected, like all these heroic things he did during WWII fighting for King and Country; the long lost love of his life that he mourns in silence; how incredibly, deeply loyal he is and not just a stuffed shirt rule-follower. Yeah, stuff just like that - an episode that gives you a glimpse beneath that very proper, very stoic face he shows to the world.

I’ve said before that the Aloha Shifters books contain a sweet, hidden little salutes to the 80’s TV show, “Magnum, PI,” and so “Love of the Dragon” is the like the Higgins Episode of the series. There are lighthearted moments, to be sure, but it has a deep, serious feeling to it, because it is the culmination of the other four books. (There are no cliffhangers and the books can be standalones, but there is an overarching storyline that weaves all five books together. I highly recommend reading them in order.)

Silas is a dark, serious, brooding kind of guy. He won’t stand for a lot of nonsense, and he means business. All the time. He can’t afford to lower his guard or misplace his trust, which is why he has such a small, close-knit group at his side. He trusts his men – and now their mates – and that’s as far as he goes, because he’s been burned before. Silas is an Old School Gentleman in many ways: he’s all about the Greater Good. Throughout the Aloha Shifters books, he’s been the battled-hardened leader who always had his men’s back, reminded them to keep their wits about them, to not become Fate’s fool. But one by one, each of Silas’ brothers’ in arms ended up happily mated. Being the gentleman that he is, Silas welcomed the women to Koa Point, truly happy for them, while holding himself apart. Fate should never send him a mate.

(Doesn’t that sound like the perfect entrance to Silas’ story?)

And so, dear reader (viewer?), we come to the end of the series (season?)! The dramatic climax to the story of the Spirit Stones! I’ve been wondering through all the previous books: what the heck kind of woman could put up with Silas long enough to fall in love, anyway?

Maybe Silas needs a sweet, “Girl Next Door” type? No, he’d walk right up to her, take the Spirit Stone, scold her for getting into danger, plonk her somewhere safe, say goodbye, and never look back. He might miss her a little now and then, but hey, “Greater Good,” and all that.

What about the kick-butt, sarcastic, stubborn type? Hmmm… seems a bit more promising, but Silas is used to that kind of woman, and seems rather immune to their singular charms. They would never stop arguing long enough to fall in love, let alone solve the problem of the Spirit Stones, because neither would bend enough to compromise.
It’s a good thing that Fate is sneaky and underhanded! She’s had Cassandra quietly hidden up her sleeve for a long time, waiting in the wings (so to speak – I can’t resist a good pun), for just the right occasion to step up and take center stage.

Everything about her is unexpected. Cassandra didn’t know she’s part Witch. She didn’t know she was going to inherit anything from her slightly crazy – but rich – Aunt Eloise. And she didn’t know anything about the Shifter world. She was totally normal, clueless, and more or less happy with her life as a New York bartender.

It’s a good thing that Cassandra is a “Fake it till you make it” kinda gal, because from the minute she learns about her heritage and Shifters, she’s in over her head. This a case coming in at the last minute as the understudy to the Lead in a headlining Broadway show when you’ve only ever been in the chorus. Sure, you can sing and dance, but you have NO hope remembering your lines or hitting your marks. So baby, you better WORK IT and pray the audience doesn’t notice. “Never let `em see you sweat,” should be Cassandra’s motto.

She’s kind of like Lois Lane, because she’s got spunk and she wants to do what’s right, but doesn’t always GET it right. She knows that sometimes you have to stand up to powerful people, even when you know that you’re outgunned and scared out of your mind.

Cassandra has an unassuming, joyful grace that draws Silas in. She doesn’t crave wealth or power, doesn’t want or need any of the things a powerful man like him could give her. Furthermore, he can’t seem to convince her that HE doesn’t want the powerful Spirit Stone she’s promised Aunt Eloise she’d protect. I won’t say too much more about Cassandra, because it’s more fun to discover her for yourself.

There’s a lot to love about this book, not least of which are all the little touches of warmth that we get to see in Silas. He’s a leader of his family, but also of his community – the charity ball is a fun peek into his life, and tip of the hat to Higgins that made my day. In the last few books, we’ve seen just a little bit of Silas’ veneer start to crack, but here we see him from the inside, including his insecurities, hopes, and fears. The ultimate stoic leader, willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the pack, is the one who might just need saving in the end.

Smith

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017Verified Purchase
I'm in love with this series. I just can't get enough of it. I'm truly amazed at this authors ability to create a story. I enjoy stories that involve some mystery, romance, and what I've come to discover most of all I love reading fantasy stories. Not sure if it is at all sci-fi like I used to think it was but a fantasy world with shifters and magic are a world I have fun reading about. This author is pretty awesome at creating a world that you can see, feel and experience in your mind and I just love that like wow she's good at that.

Even if you think you want to pass on a fantasy book with steamy romance because you maybe arnt into it I'd still say that how this author writes it is well worth getting this whole series. The story is just epic 🙂 I like steamy romance but I like a good story just as much and this author delivers.
Yvonne D
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW it's a classic story!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017Verified Purchase
Love of the Dragon Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5
by Anna Lowe
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
OMG! I absolutely enjoy If you want to read and fall in love with a fabulous series. Then Love of the Dragon Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 5 is just the book you want to read. This book features military romance, strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves, were-dragons, were-bears, were-bears, paranormal suspense, action-adventure, dragons battling it out, fantasy romance, and billionaires. The book is about Silas Llewellyn and Cassandra Nichols with a mysterious diamond known as the Wind Stone. Book 5 Jewels of the heart is a very thrilling series set on the tropical island of Maui. If you enjoy a book where the characters from the previous books are included in the present book then you will definitely enjoy this book. Here’s the thing about the ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART Series: they are consistent. Yes Anna Lowe tweaks the particulars, but you can always expect a funny and feisty heroine with an gorgeous alpha hero. The characters are fantastic and compelling along with chemistry between Silas and Cassandra. There is never a dull moment even including with the secondary characters. It's so great that we get to continue to fall in love with the pack along with addition of Cassandra Nichols.

Their quest to save the pack with the diamond makes this book have everything you will want..romance, battles, arrogant antagonists, love, sex and victory. This book is a delightful gift that I have enjoy reading and giving my review of this book which I really enjoyed this book. Great story that will keep you involved. Great job again Anna Lowe. incredible from the first word to the last This is the continuation of the Aloha series. That's why I enjoy about Anna Lowe's Aloha Shifters Series, but I have to admit that Anna Lowe does it well. It’s a double-edged sword and I have enjoyed this series and at this point I would buy and read them just because Anna Lowe wrote it. It’s smart and sharp and sexy. It’s a book and series which I enjoy reading. It has humor and I laughed more than once. This book features new characters, which I really enjoyed . You will enjoy how exciting and fantastic the characters are. There are few twists and surprises that Silas is the key. This another great book in this fantastic series. So bottom line: it’s classic Great Book, which brings to light who is the owner and the battle between dragons for the fifth stone. But I will tell you that the book will keep you turning the pages until you turn the last page. You will enjoy this exciting,suspenseful,thrilling, sweet, some times humorous and blazing hot shifter Romance as much as I did! It's a five star series that I highly recommend you read. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series!

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 4: Lure of the Tiger

Ruthless assassin or irresistible bodyguard?

Tiger shifter Cruz Khala doesn’t trust humans. He doesn’t trust destiny either — not even when it sends him the one woman capable of saving his tormented soul. But there’s more than love at stake as merciless shifter forces gather on sunny Maui, intent on stealing a priceless jewel with mysterious powers. Before he knows it, Cruz becomes the last line of defense between pure evil and the sapphire — and the only one capable of saving his destined mate’s life.

Footloose and carefree? Not anymore. Jody Monroe, pro surfer, is a woman on a mission — until an unknown gunman turns her world upside down. She escapes thanks to a stealthy, enigmatic stranger with haunting, yellow-green eyes who arouses all her fears — and her desires. Cruz is a contradiction: gruff and grouchy, painfully private, yet tender and protective of those he loves. And sexy. Mouthwateringly sexy, all the damn time. Soon, Jody’s life isn’t the only thing on the line — her heart is, too.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yvonne D

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Tigers, Dragons and Vamprie!
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017Verified Purchase
Lure of the Tiger Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 4
by Anna Lowe
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What a phenomenal story! First I must say I absolutely enjoy reading paranormal shifter romance especially ones that involves, Tigers, Dragons, Wolves, Vampires and my most favorite Bear Shifters, so this book by Anna Lowe I really love reading. I know I'm telling my age but this series remind me of Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck, oh my, if this became a TV series I would plant myself in front of the television and not move until it was over and I would record it so I could watch it again. I'm always excited to read this series. This is the fourth book written in this series. It features Cruz Khala andJody Monroe with the rest of the gang from the three previous books of the ALOHA SHIFTERS. Cruz is a Tiger shifter who is graceful, ruthless, gorgeous, sexy with yellow-green eyes. He is also gruff and grouchy, painfully private, yet tender and protective but there is a problem he doesn’t put much trust in humans. Jody is a pro surfer, a very reluctant model who is strikingly beautiful, footloose, carefree and a woman on a mission. But unknown to her there are two assassin and one is Cruz. The story has magic, lots of adventure and humor. I love and enjoy the books that are written by Anna Lowe. She is very talented and gifted author, she creates enjoyable,lovable,sexy characters and magical, exciting worlds. Anne stories are always humorous and magical which will entice and weave a AWESOME tale that pulls you into the adventures with her relatable characters. I know we all just fall in love with a hero that's irresistible with his tormented soulful eyes that just melts our heart. Oh yeah the heroine we all appreciated a strong woman who is capable of fighting and loving along side her man but when there's danger around, she knows she can let her man protect her and still be admired and loved the love her life, because he knows she won't just rush into the fray and endanger them both by just hoping for the best. That's just the some of what I enjoy and love while reading Anna books. I really enjoy her love scenes she has a talent for writing blazing hot sensual sex scenes, she ramps up the tension between Jody and a Cruz before during and after they make love. I enjoy when you can laugh and smile while reading the sexual scenes even through its can be very explicit. Because this allows me a clear sense of the love between the hero and heroine and to enjoy it without feeling I'm reading porn. Anna Lowe stories JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling series set on the tropical shores of Maui. I have love reading each story they are exciting page-turner that's packed with action, emotion, and romance! Paranormal Shifters twist of course its has steamy hot, alpha shifters! The story has a depth of emotion which tugs at my heart. This book captured my attention quickly from beginning to end. Each story has its own jewel that comes with its own danger. The couples are made up a Shifter from the ALOHA SHIFTERS and their mate has the power to control the jewel and each jewel is calling to the other jewels. Cruz and Jody the story Lure of the Tiger. This leads the series into the story we are all excited to read Silas story. The entire series is one that just gets more exciting as we read each story they have kept me on the edge of my seat. If you enjoy reading Paranormal Shifter Romance then you will love this series.

Kim

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger meets his Mermaid
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017Verified Purchase
Grumpy Cruz finds his mermaid! Cruz was a hard nut to crack. He's always been a gruff man that doesn't trust well. In prior books, he is always the sullen one that doesn't like or want to be around people. This book gave a new view of him. I liked this Cruz the best of all versions we have seen.
Cruz is holding on to his past. Jody is pure sunshine. No matter how bad the stakes or the obstacles, she shines and reaches out to the future by living now. It might be that opposites attract, Cruz's dark and stormy persona and Jody's bright and happy attitude. This book definitely brought out the best. The only sad part is that with one more shifter finding his love, the closer the series is to the end.

We also get a bigger teaser about Silas.. happy jazzy hands! There is enough meat on the teases to make you want to beg for Silas' story. Which I have been waiting for since the very first book.

While this is part of the Aloha Shifters series, it can be read as stand alone without missing anyt
 
Racycarr

5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Tiger
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017Verified Purchase
I don’t know anyone that has read at least one book in these series that has not been hooked. You can not help but fall in love with Silas, Kai, Boone, Hunter, and Cruz. Not to mention the wonderful women they bring into the story. This story is about Cruz. I don’t know about you but I have so been looking forward to reading about Cruz and the woman the author would chose for this grumpy angry tiger.

I did do the whipsersync with this book. Truly love the narrator. The narrator did a wonderful job and done a great job pulling you into the story. I did find though that the audios with this series does not always match up with the book. From time to time there where sentences that were reworded, words left out, or even a sentence is complete added. Does not take a way from the story though.

Cruz Khala was this sexy tiger shifter but he was grumpy, angry, and seemed to hate every thing, especially human’s. As we get to know Cruz we do get to understand him and can not blame him. The anger he carries around is slowly killing his spirit. He believes human’s were responsible for his parents death. To carry this around for years and long for the day you can venge your families death has to be a heavy weight to bare.

Jody Monroe was this amazing woman. She was a pro surfer and I just loved her free spirit. I also loved the love she had for her family. She would do anything for them even if it meant doing a modeling gig to make some money to help them out. I am sure she never dreamed she would be on someone’s hit list. She was the type of person you feel in love with, not want to kill.

The one thing I love about this story is that we get to see the battle between animal and man. Though Cruz and his tiger are one, they are two different spirits that share on body. We get to see Cruz inwardly argue with his tiger. The animal was the smart one in this story. He knew the moment he saw Jody she was not a killer. Cruz on the other hand was facing this inward battle.

I know this had to be a hard decision for Jody to make on trusting Cruz. I love how she went with her heart and her gut. I also loved how she really got under Cruz skin. He was finding it so hard to resist her.

There is danger all around. The jewel that Jody was suppose to do a photo shoot with could be a one of the Spirit Stone. This meant the danger Jody was in could be more serious then they had thought.

One of my many favorite scenes in the story was one of the photo shoots. Lets just say things get pretty hot and steamy. I sorry want to know more about that scene you will have to read the book. Trust me when I say this book has some many wonderful parts.

By the end of the book, though I love how it ended I was screaming at Anne Lowe. Please tell me that is not who she is going to put with Silas. No no, no!!!!

This truly was a great story and glad I got a chance to read the book.
NancyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017Verified Purchase
This was a book I have been waiting to read until I could get it in audio also. It was so worth the wait. It is well written, and I was anxious to see where the author would take this human haters story! I think she did an excellent job taking us on this twisty journey with these characters. The storyline is well paced, you immediately fall in love with Jody, but Cruz your first thought is how can this guy redeem himself! But it was a nice journey and the narration was beautifully done!

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 3: Lure of the Bear

Secrets. Fears. Burning desires. A bear shifter willing to risk everything for love.

There’s not much that can get this grizzly shifter worked up — except a threat to the woman he has secretly loved for years. Then, all bets are off, and he’s willing to risk anything — including the most closely guarded secret of his lonely shifter soul.

Trust issues? Officer Dawn Meli has a few. She’s not ready to rely on any man — especially one who can turn into a raging beast. But strong, silent Hunter, with his steady voice and soulful eyes, calls to something deep in her scarred soul. So much so, that she’s dangerously tempted to let her wild side free. At the same time, she has other problems to concentrate on, what with a valuable gem, a celebrity wedding, and a tropical storm all converging on Maui at the same time. Hardly the time to give in to simmering desire — even if destiny has different ideas.

The Reviews!


midniteink
5.0 out of 5 stars HEART-STIRRING & SIZZLING ROMANCE
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2017 Verified Purchase
Enchanting Koa Point is the home of Special Forces Brothers; a mixed secret group of shifters. This fascinating story lures the reader into the lives of Hunter and Dawn. Breathtaking vivid scene descriptions wow you, gripping suspense/spine-chilling action thrills you, emotional moments tug your heart-strings, steamy sensuous romance captivates you and a heart-melting happy ever after leaves you more than content.

Hunter the powerful bear-shifter has been in love with sassy, sultry Dawn for years but this is unknown to her. Dawn a police officer is independent and keeps her affectionate feelings for Hunter at bay. She has a haunted past that causes her to have trust issues when it comes to men. Security duty at a celebrity wedding catapults them into horrific danger when a villainous shifter from Hunter's past is a guest at the wedding.

An incredible heart-stirring story that keeps you turning pages until the end. The full cast of characters is certainly praise-worthy and spring to life with clever dialogue. The back stories of Hunter and Dawn are sensitive and give insight to their personas. The romance between them had a rocky start but destiny has a way of bringing true love together; their romance is genuine and filled with fiery passion and I loved them together. If you treasure action/spicy shifter romance this is definitely a terrific book for your library. I found this to be a most entertaining read and I loved it so much {I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy}. Without reservations, I recommend this book.

Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Savvy, Officer Meli gets her Bear!
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2017Verified Purchase
It's about time that Officer Meli gets her man! And what a bear of a man! Hunter is so painfully shy around Dawn. He carries a lot of scars from childhood and Dawn has her own painful issues. It's a wonder that these two manage to get a first kiss let alone a date. Thankfully they both have really good friends. I really liked both Dawn and Hunter. They were sweet but tough & savvy.

There was a depth to all the characters in the story to make the twists enjoyable. Not too much was given away but it all came back together. When you are wondering how things are going to tie up and make it, you find yourself at the end and wanting more.

This is the third book in the Aloha Shifters series, it can be read as a stand-alone without missing out from anything in the first two books

R Hartweg
4.0 out of 5 stars It's book 3 (although each is a stand alone story) I hope you've treated yourself to books 1 & 2
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
So this story was my least favorite of the series so far. And the fault is probably my own. Each of these stories basically follows the same general format. What keeps them separate it the back stories and personalities of the MFC and MMC. Well, that and of the 5 men that live on the luxurious compound, 4 different types of shifters are represented. I really enjoy reading about the habits and other things that are particular to each species.

Now here is my problem. Hunter's story was just so stinking sad. Sad childhood. Sad and lonely adult, up until he is finally pushed toward Dawn. But his interaction with the bear part of his soul breaks my heart. Compared to Kai in book 1, where I laughed and giggled at him and his dragon giving each other grief. I'll say mayyyyyybe part of this is that I'm now in month 6 of isolation due to Covid-19, but I think I would feel upset whenever I read it. I refuse to give any other spoilers than that tidbit. And it's not so bad that you should skip this story, but be prepared for a heck of a different tone in this one that the previous 2, and know that they do get their happily ever after in the end,

Christy W.
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG OMG This series just keeps getting better and better!
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
When we last saw Hunter and Dawn she had just learned that Hunter has a Bear inside him. I could not wait to read this book to find out
how she handles finding out that Hunter is a shifter.
Hunter, a bear shifter, is not at peace, nor has he been for a long time. Yes, he has a good job and his co-workers, former teammates in the military, are his family, but his tragic past constantly weighs on him. The loss of his parents at such a young age, and the brutality of it, haunt him. He's surrounded by the family he's built with his friends, and yet, he's never felt more alone. He knows who his mate is, and has for a long time, but she seems scared of him, well, his bear, and for that, Hunter tends to hate that part of himself. He yearns for her though with his every breath.
Dawn, a police officer, works hard to not let any vulnerabilities show, therefore, she never shows her true self to others. Due to an emotionally scaring incident in her past, trust does not come easy for her, and when she saw the one person she thought she could trust change into something dangerous, she began to doubt her own judgment even more. But she can't stop thinking about him.
Hunter and Dawn both feel the connection, the attraction. It's always been there between them, but neither acted on it, though they both wanted to. However, things may be changing. Dawn may have been scared by his bear before, (read Lure of the Wolf to find out why) but looking back she recognizes that the bear, Hunter, was protecting her. As she and Hunter begin exploring their mutual attraction, and she comes to terms with his shifting ability, other concerns arise. Such as the fact that Hunter's past has returned, and it's colliding with his future, putting Dawn in danger.
Anna Lowe always amazes me with her creative mind, This new world she has created is wonderful Such amazing descriptions of the island that you feel you are there in person. I LOVE it

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 2: Lure of the Wolf

She can’t remember her past. He wishes he could forget his.

Nina only has the vaguest memories of who she is or why two men tried to kill her one terrifying night. All she knows is how quickly she’s falling in love with her rescuer — a man with secrets of his own. With her, he’s kind, gentle, and fun — but there’s a ferocious, animal side to Boone and the group of Special Forces vets he shares an exclusive seaside estate with. Can Boone help her uncover the past before the killers catch up with her? Or will an unexpected twist of fate steal her only chance at true love?

If fate were to come knocking on the door of Boone Hawthorne’s beach bungalow, he’d shove it right back into the sea — especially if it started whispering any nonsense about destined mates. But one night, a woman washes up on his private stretch of beach. Before the wolf shifter knows it, he’s breaking every personal rule for her and making promises he’s not sure he can keep. Investigating Nina’s past means crossing paths with a powerful archenemy, cutthroat criminals, and a ruthlessly selfish ex-lover who will stop at nothing to get Boone back in her bed. Can he solve the mystery of Nina’s identity while protecting her — without risking his own heart?


R Hartweg
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story by Anna Lowe - this one is suspenseful!
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
I'm currently reading the Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart series and am 3 books in. I love that, in what is a first for me, the human part of the soul and the shifter part actually communicate with each other. Not in paragraphs or anything but an observation here (usually quite funny), a fussing at there. I enjoy it a lot.

While the outline for the stories seem to be based rather similarly, and therefore it is quite predictable, she does separate the backgrounds of the men and women and their struggles, so that's where the originality comes in. In this story the suspense was well done and kept me turning pages. I became invested in Boone and Nina.

This is a fun series and I enjoy the different shifter types. Can't wait to see what's next.

Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Nina finds her Wolf
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017 Verified Purchase
Lure of the Wolf was dramatic suspense from the start. Nina is at Boone's feet and his mercy. As the story progresses, Nina needs to recall who she is and what happened. Boone has to keep his heart from being played again. Boone's buddies have two rules and having Nina at the estate violates both of them. While Silas is away, Hunter and Cruz help both of them. But then things spiral out of control and the mayhem could be the end for all of them. The book kept everything moving just like the pieces of Nina's memory. The ending was very worthy of Boone & Nina.

As a side note, it was really cute to have the little icons before each chapter to represent who the chapter's viewpoint was going to be from. There was also a total teaser for setting up Hunter's story. While the second in the Aloha Shifters series, it can be read as a stand-alone without missing out from anything in the first.
RetiredHsMom
5.0 out of 5 stars This sequel makes me really want to visit Hawaii!
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2017 Verified Purchase
Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 5 stars

I am a fan of Ms. Lowe’s stories and have read/listened to several of her books. I love how she weaves the story elements together and makes it easy to picture the characters, locations and emotions. In fact, she did such a fantastic job of describing the location that I am wishing I could visit Maui this summer instead of sometime in the distant future.

The narrator, Ms. Osbourne, did well with the various characters voices and emotions. This is the 4th or 5th story I’ve listened to her narrate and I have truly come to enjoy her narration style.

While the story does start off with the age-old trope of amnesia, I didn’t find it as annoying as I generally do. I think it was executed well and was easy to believe. The other elements of the story were well done too. I loved mystery of who was trying to harm Nina and why.

I loved how Boone and Nina clicked with one another. Granted it was insta-lust & insta-love, but that’s a typical shifter trope, but like the amnesia it was well executed. The characters actually considered why the loved one another.

The supporting cast was great as well. I am definitely looking forward to reading/listening to Hunter and Dawn’s story. I love those two characters! Books 1 and 2 of this series have set their story up well. It’s going to be interesting since they characters are not strangers, but have been dancing around their attraction for quite some time. Oh, and I’m looking forward to Cruz’s story in book 4. I like the growly tiger.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audible version of the book.
Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Money can't buy you love
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2017 Verified Purchase
This book started out the gate with spunk. Nina was thrown overboard and left for dead. She didn't know how she made it to shore or where she was. She passes out. The next minute she looks up and was enthralled by this handsome stranger whose at first glance eyes glowed indigo. What luck did Boone had to have his mate wash up on his piece of paradise. Only problem she doesn't remember much. She has a case of amnesia. But Boone will protect her. Keep her safe. Of course Silas wants of none of this. Drop her off to the police. But Boone has other plans. They take a drive just the two of them on his Harley Davidson motorcycle to see if they can jar her memory. She come across a spot and things come to her but she still doesn't understand why. They come upon a ritzy fa- tooty resort. There people recognize her. They are escorted to her penthouse suite. The room is ransacked. She gets her stuff. And they precede downstairs once Boone calls for backup . Once Cruz and Hunter arrive they whisked Nina away. Downstairs Boone is accosted by his nemesis Kramer who's a mercenary and ex-lover Tamara. The guys rush Nina away while Boone stayed back. Then that's when the fun began....menagerie being offered, kidnappings, shifters being found out, new jewels awakening, mate's being found out about(more than one set)...you really need to get the book. Waiting for book 3 Hunters book. Oh yeah she was left 50 million dollars.

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart Book 1: Lure of the Dragon

Good dragons? Bad dragons? Twenty-four hours ago, private chef Tessa Byrne didn’t know about the terrifying world of shifters. Now she knows too much, like the fact that a ruthless dragon lord is determined to claim her — forever. Tessa flees to Maui, where sunny skies, swaying palms, and a handsome stranger conspire to play tricks with her heart. Can she truly trust Kai Llewellyn and his band of battle-hardened shapeshifters to save her from a gruesome fate?

Don’t trust a human, and never, ever fall in love with one.Those are lessons Kai learned the hard way. But Tessa is different. Her emerald eyes mirror the mysterious pendant she wears, and her flaming red hair makes his heart race. Is his inner dragon just greedy for a new kind of treasure, or is Tessa his destined mate?

Laure Eccleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Peril in paradise
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017Verified Purchase
Tessa is a private chef, she is hired to cook for Damien Morgan, a rich real estate developer. He is so much more than that though, and he attacks Tessa while she is in his kitchen. She is rescued by her next door neighbor, who explains to Tessa that Damien Morgan is a dragon shifter and he is very dangerous, then she sends Tessa to her friends. Tessa arrives at Kia Point Estate in Maui, where she will meet Kai, a dragon shifter, and his friends, all of them shifters. Tessa will learn things about her family and herself that she never knew. She and Kai will have to battle Damien Morgan and his cohorts in order to keep an ancient jewel, and Tessa herself from being captured and used by the evil dragon.

Wow, fascinating, sizzling hot characters, an exciting plot with some suspenseful moments, and a happily ever after make this a must read shifter romance. Fantastic book, I loved it.
Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Tessa and yummy Kai
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2017Verified Purchase
Lure of the Dragon brings Tessa to Kai's doorstep literally. I loved Tessa and her inner strength. As the story progressed you could watch the changes in Tessa as she accepted a legacy that she didn't have the first clue about. And then there's yummy as pie Kai! The man who would beg for her. Kai and his band of brothers know how to deal with the problem that Tessa is having. It felt genuine to have the close knit group accept Tessa easily. Of course, since she's a chef and they say the way to a man's heart is his stomach…

The men are all super heroes getting involved and not letting the danger to close to Tessa. The motley crew is made of different shifters, not just dragons. Yeah! That means as I go through the series I will get all my favorite shifters. The little tidbits of each man, the tiniest inkling of who they are, made them very warm and likeable even Cruz.

I can't wait for Silas' story. There was just enough hinted to intrigue me into wanting more. I know from reading the excerpt that the next book won't be Silas. I'll just have to wait, probably until the last books. This is the first in the Aloha series but is a stand alone book.
midniteink
5.0 out of 5 stars SIZZLING ROMANCE - SUSPENSE - DANGER
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2017 Verified Purchase
This romantic adventure sends the reader to the exotic island of Maui where shifters hide in secret. Suspense, action, and danger fill the pages as life threatening incidents occur. The intriguing plot holds your attention until the conclusion and picturesque and powerful scene descriptions charm you. There is, of course, toe-curling sizzling romance and a happy euphoric ending after all the hurdles are defeated.

A fantastic fast-paced story which is skillfully written by a truly gifted author. The full cast of characters is praise-worthy, and the engaging witty dialogue is impressive. Tessa is definitely feisty and a force to be reckoned with; not afraid to stand up to the powerful dragon Kai who slowly bends to accept her independent persona. The romance between Tessa and Kai is certainly convincing and their love for each other shines in this story. I adored all the characters in this story and await the next one in this thrilling new standalone series. If you treasure shifter romance this is definitely a fabulous addition to your library. {I loved this story so much I reviewed an advanced copy.} Without reservations, I recommend this book.

RetiredHsMom
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dragons, bears, wolves... Oh my!"
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2017 Verified Purchase
Rated 1-5 stars w/ 5 being the best

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 5 stars

Love this new series by Ms. Lowe. It has everything I love such as dragon, bear and wolf shifters. Oh yummy!

I really enjoy the fun pace of Ms. Lowe's books. I loved how the story was modeled after Magnum PI a show I totally loved for its quirks. The description of the island, the homes, and the cars was fantastic.

The narrator Kelly Osbourne has grown on me after hearing her narrate several books now. I'm starting to really enjoy her.

The couple in this story are Tess and Kai. I loved them both instantly. I loved how they interacted and how they seemed to just fit as a couple. Kai was so understanding and Tess was a bit of a surprise especially when she got angry at Kai for telling her what to do. Sparks galore.

The secondary characters were pretty awesome as well. I'm looking forward to learning all about Boone in the next book. It was pretty sweet to have a nod towards the Twin Moon Pack in Arizona.

**Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book.**

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Rebel Heart (Aloha Shifters: Pearls of Desire)

Uptown girl meets rough-and-tumble biker — with a shapeshifter twist!

All Cynthia was planning for the weekend was a quick escape to the countryside where her inner dragon can stretch its wings. She wasn’t counting on a handsome, enigmatic wolf shifter coming along and sweeping her off her feet. Cynthia has always been driven by duty rather than desire. But suddenly, she finds herself making reckless, irresponsible choices and telling herself, Just this once…

A night of sizzling passion ensues, but the question remains. Is Cal to blame for making her throw caution to the wind — or is it destiny?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Short but great! For a minute you had me wondering! I can’t wait to see the end of this series. It has been fantastic every step of the way!!

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author Anna Lowe loves putting the “hero” back into heroine and letting location ignite a passionate romance. She loves dogs, sports, and travel – and letting the later inspire her fiction. If she’s not hunched over her laptop, working on her latest story, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains or biking country roads. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good read.