True Colors by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #3.5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance Novella

Publisher: Samhain

My Copy: Bought

Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better. 

Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she’s just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate. 

But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim. 

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Three friends dead in as many days. A Wyr chameleon killer is on the loose and after stumbling upon the body of her best friend, schoolteacher Alice knows she may be next. The mysterious man who stalks into her friend’s apartment could be the murderer and Alice is surprised to find her body reacting to the hulking, scary man. Not knowing who to trust she runs. She can run now, but Gideon, Wyr Violent Crimes detective will find the girl he can’t seem to shake. He’s good at his job on a normal case, but he finds this one is different. The unassuming female is his intended mate and the wolf in him wholeheartedly agrees. Nothing will be taking her away from him. Ever.

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You don’t know how excited I was to learn there would be Elder Races novellas in between the full length books! I may have squealed a little bit….ok  I did…..a lot. Being one of my all time favorite series EVA I was out of my mind with happiness! Then my review pile bogged me down and it took me awhile to get to it.

What I found when I dove into this novella left me a bit…waahhhhh? It was a bit shorter than most novellas authors write in between full books first off. The length hurt my connections a bit. I liked Wyr detective, Gideon (LOVE the name) and school teacher Alice but as a couple I just didn’t “get it”. Which is where the length came under scrutiny for me. As a reader you can’t just tell me “they are mates, they can’t fight it” and expect me to be all, oooooh ok, let’s just skip the relationship part then. I didn’t have time to form any other opinions other than, yeah I like them, yeah Gideon is hot.

I unraveled the mystery of the killer way before it was actually revealed. I did think the viciousness of the attacks on these Wyr was well wrote. I liked the bit about Tarot readings and Alice’s understanding of it. I liked how Harrison worked that into the killers ritual. Though the ending felt so fast and so forced I think I may have gotten whiplash.

I also enjoyed the surprising type of Wyr that Alice was. The inclusion of a chameleon Wyr was something I had never even thought of before. I must say, I love when authors come up with new shifters! Chameleons, though not really tough, would have an amazing asset in being able to blend into their surroundings.

While I didn’t exactly get the relationship Harrison was trying to convey I still enjoyed this novella for what it was….an extension of my favorite series! And yes, I started singing “I see your true colors singing through……” as soon as I read the title. Heh.

I give True Colors by Thea Harrison 3 stars!

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