Shark’s Instinct by Bethany Maines

August is almost gone. I can’t believe it. Wow. It’s been a tough month because of all the wildfire smoke. I’m not complaining, because those on the front lines of these fires have it much worse than we did, but it was weird to have no blue sky for two weeks, people wearing masks outdoors, and hazardous air quality readings.

That’s hopefully behind us now and a new month is almost upon us. I always think of turning over to a new month as new organizational opportunities. Lol. For me, it’s gearing up on the fantasy series I’m working on. Survival, the first book in my Guardian Druids: The Royan Legacy series is with the editor now. Covers will be next. I’m looking forward to it.

I thought I’d showcase a story…actually, two stories that I read recently. They aren’t YA, just so you know. But they are very entertaining.

Bethany Maines Sharks Instinct

My review:

I love being surprised and this book did exactly that. Who knew I liked mobster stories? And I loved this one. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be character, character, character. Each one is diverse and well-defined. Shark and Peri are two completely different peas in the same pod. Both strong, Both with their own agenda. Peri is her own person and has a lot of good moxie in her. But Shark? I fell for this guy. And he’s a mobster! I never expected to like him, but I definitely did.

There’s a solid story to go along with these characters. The author made me care about them (even the bodyguard.) So I will anxiously await more in this series.

FYI – I’ve now also read the second book in this series, Shark’s Bite. I read it in a weekend, I got so into it. The action is awesome, and so is the dialogue and characterization. Heck, I loved it all, especially Peri. Talk about kick-ass! We learn more about Shark and Peri in this story. And I’ll be waiting for the third one in this series.Bethany Maines Sharks Bite

Here’s what the first book, Shark’s Instinct, is all about:

Seventeen-year-old Peregrine Hays has a boyfriend, a 3.8 grade point average and a double life as her high-school’s resident “fixer.” From the creepy ex who won’t leave a girl alone to blackmail sexts, Peri can help. But when Peri finds herself facing down Tall Jimmy, the local drug dealer, her only solution leads straight to the gorgeous, deadly, and way out of her league, Shark Santoyo.

Twenty-something Shark has a prison-earned college degree, a rap sheet a mile long, and a job working as an enforcer for The Organization. But when Geier, his mob boss, sends him to the suburbs to find out who’s been skimming the take, Shark realizes he’s going to need more than his gun and an attitude to succeed. He’ll need Peri, the mysterious teen with the fast mouth and faster knife.

With the clock ticking, will Peri and Shark be able to walk the knife’s edge between instinct and attraction, to not only succeed, but to survive?

Click here for Bethany’s website.

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