Review: Unwrapping Tess (Christmas Encounters) by Krystal Shannan with Excerpt

December 8, 2014 Review 2

Review: Unwrapping Tess (Christmas Encounters) by Krystal Shannan with Excerpt

Tess Demakis loves the city life. The noise, the lights, the people. Everything about the rush feels like home. The only thing missing is a spark with any of the pack males. After her and her twin sister's twenty-fifth birthday passes, she'd thought for sure one of the handsome men in her aunt's pack might've been meant for her.

- No. Such. Luck. -

Patrick O'Hearn just got back home from a long tour overseas with his SEAL unit. The big grizzly is ready to lie back and enjoy the snowy mountain inn retreat his brother renovated last year, meet his brother's wife and some of her family, enjoy good food, etc. The last thing he ever expected was to find a mate, especially not his sister-in-law.

Now he can't think of anything but unwrapping the gorgeous sassy blonde and making her his forever.

- Best. Christmas. Ever. -

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Title: Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounters
Author: Krystal Shannan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Saving Margaret, Waking Sarah
Published by K S Publishing
Source: Author
Published: 25 November, 2014
Genres: Holiday Theme, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 75
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

A quick, fun and Christmassy read that brings me back into the world of Krystal Shannan’s Vegas Mates.  Tess is ‘royalty’ from one of the leading families in Vegas, but she’s been making her way in New York City, living among humans and enjoying the thrum of the city. Christmas is a time to gather with family in an inn in Utah that caters to shifters of all sorts.

Tess never expected to be attracted to a shifter that wasn’t from her pack, or another wolf, but Patrick is not only a delicious specimen, he happens to be a bear shifter.  The ‘order’ of things are changing since her sister Sam had matched up, and there is a redefinition of shifter society as they adjust to move into the new era.

And of course, the action never stops: the budding romance between Tess and Patrick is fun and well-defined, as neither had expected to find happiness, or the wholesale change that this chance for love may bring to their lives.   Full of heart, some heat and plenty of Christmas spirit, this story is a fun return to check in with the characters of the Vegas Mates series.

 

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 Excerpt

 

Tess turned to see a giant of a man filling the front doorway. His piney scent filled her lungs and her magick prickled with excitement.

“Patrick!” Scott walked to the doorway and embraced the newcomer. Margaret waddled her way over as well and was instantly enveloped into the two grizzly bears’ arms.

“Another bear?” Hallie whispered into her ear.

“I bet it’s his brother,” Tess said.

“Patrick, this is my wife, Margaret. And that crowd of friends in the great room,” Scott gestured to the group, “is part of the Vegas and New York Demakis wolf packs.”

“Good to meet you, Margaret.” Patrick’s voice carried through the room. “Scott can’t ever stop talking about you when I call home.”

Patrick gave Margaret a quick kiss on the forehead and the three of them moved together toward the great room.

“Everyone, this is my brother, Patrick. I didn’t say anything before, because we weren’t sure if he’d get his discharge papers before or after Christmas.” Scott proceeded to introduce him to each person in the room.

Tess followed his every movement and drank in his tantalizing scent. When Scott introduced her, Patrick’s beautiful blue eyes settled on her and all processing capabilities fled her body. All she managed was a squeaked “hi” and a lame wave.

Moisture pooled between her legs and her mouth went dry. Visions of them naked and entwined in sheets danced through her head. OMG! What was wrong with her?

“It’s him,” her wolf whispered.

About Krystal Shannan

KrystalShannanHeadShotKrystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies.

She is guilty of indulging and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay….. If you don’t know the end of that phrase, then you probably don’t like the same movies.

She writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. But, for those looking for a magical ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

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