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Temptation Rising (The Shadow Shifters #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  560 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge cat-like creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast’s fangs and claws—or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds…

Muscular, magnetic, and all man,
Paperback, 375 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Temptation Rising is book one in The Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur. With this series, I first read the last book released and vowed to go back and start at the beginning. I am so glad I did. I loved this book. These are dark, broody, and very sexy jaguar shifters that are working so hard to fit into our civilized world unseen. They just want to be productive members of our world. But there are forces that are against them. Rogues that feel that they are superior to humans and want nothin
Jul 08, 2012 Ria rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr, shapeshifters, cops
I am conscious of the fact that whenever I start reading a book that features a shirtless man on the cover, it is perhaps naive to expect brilliance, but I am ever optimistic that I will get swept up in a fun story. Despite having read a few iffy reviews of the book, the blurb of Temptation Rising seemed promising for some easy weekend reading and I found a copy in the library. I am very glad I did not part with my cash for this book.

Starting with the positive: I liked the South American backgro
Paranormal Haven
At night, Kalina Harper is haunted by memories of an attack two years ago and the dangerous creature that saved her. By day, she is a Washington D.C. cop who has been sent undercover to find evidence that links the handsome and powerful attorney Roman Reynolds to a drug operation. An assignment that proves difficult when Roman takes a special interest in Kalina and she's finding him hard to resist. Roman and his jaguar want Kalina in a way he's never wanted any other woman. He'll do anything to ...more
May 08, 2012 Erinaceina rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to this. Cat shapeshifters, angst, alpha heroes, smut: it sounded like my idea of a near-perfect read. Sadly, I thought the book was crippled by the fact that Kalina doesn't find out that Roman is a shapeshifter (and that he isn't a criminal) until very late in the book. This made the sections from Kalina's POV feel rather more like erotic contemporary romance than PNR. More critically, it meant that we saw very little of the hero and heroine working together.

Jul 28, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing
A.C. Arthur’s first book in the Shadow Shifters series is edgy and fascinating. She paints an energizing world of shape-shifting jaguars, and their battle to maintain a peaceful co-existence with humans. Arthur skillfully builds characters – introducing readers to Roman and his associates who function as humans, keeping their society and shape-shifting abilities secret. The colorful alpha males are an enticing blend of masculinity and seductive prowess with a very protective nature towards women ...more
May 26, 2012 Shawnette rated it it was amazing
This being my FIRST paranormal series...I really have NOTHING to compare it all I can say is IMHO it's an AMAZING read...a THRILLING, suspenseful page-turner...with an INTRIGUING plot...and an ENTERTAINING and colorful cast of characters...the intimate connection between Kalina and Roman is mysterious, INTENSE and quite SPICY...and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in this series...well done Mrs. Arthur!
Treshaun Bates
Jan 11, 2014 Treshaun Bates rated it it was amazing
great book. I never thought that I would like a romance book where the characters were half human, half animal. This was a really good read and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Jul 01, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
Bookswagger Danielle: Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. While the concept didn’t wow I wasn’t totally bored to tears. I applaud the author for her use of ethnic characters it wasn’t overly done and exaggerated in fact after the initial descriptions I was hard pressed to even think about it. That tells me she did a wonderful job because it wasn’t the focus. Roman was hands down my favorite character. I’m not sure if it’s a character flaw within me but I just love imperfect, aggressiv ...more
Mary Gramlich
May 12, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
Should we always understand why we are drawn to someone?

What should have been a routine investigation for Kalina Harper has turned into anything but that. She knows sneaking around Roman Reynolds office is beyond a bad idea but it is something she was assigned to do. Roman is not at all what he appears to be yet Kalina is not sure what that something is that she is unable to see.

There is a shadow world that Roman prowls and protects. Roman now feels that overwhelming need to do all those things
Kay Rogal
Aug 10, 2012 Kay Rogal rated it it was amazing
If you liked reading Lora Leigh's 'Breeds' series...You will love A.C. Arthur! A very sexy, suspense filled read of The Shadow Shifters - shapeshifting jaguars. Kalina, a Washington D.C. officer, and Roman, a seductive high-powered attorney, discover their past and present are intertwined, bringing fantasies, intrigue and danger to an all time high!

I only read the free sample so take keep that in mind while reading this... Some times you want a really good story with a little bit of sex and sometimes you want a lot of sex with a little bit of bad story. This is the latter. Kalina is a cop and Roman is the shifter that kills the guy that is sexually assaulting her... This gave me my first pause if you are going to include something like that it needs to handled delicately not happened and I got over it. My second pause came when Kalin ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Deloris rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book , I was not sure about this book because a previous book of this kind that she wrote. This book was A.C. at her best it was sexy , exciting and it is hot !!! I cant wait to read the next book I know it will be even better.
Kiru Taye
May 28, 2012 Kiru Taye rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable hot read, although I thought the ending could've been better. Can't wait for the next in the series.

4.5 stars
Romancing the Book
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Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Oh.My.God. I am in love with A.C. Arthur’s new series, Shadow Shifters. Temptation Rising is the first book and from start to finish I was absolutely hooked. From page one, there is a suspenseful plot line, and it just kept getting better and better. The characters of the story reached out and gripped me, making me a part of their story and it was an incredible roller coaster ride!

Kalina was a
Lisa M
Dumbest. Undercover cop. Ever.
Barbara ★
I had a tough time with this one. In the prologue we learn that the heroine, Kalina Harper was practically raped in an alley and Roman Reynolds (as a jaguar) saves her. The very next time he sees her (two years later), he practically rapes her himself. No means no but Roman definitely didn't think it applied to him. For a good portion of the story, Roman continues this very aggressive (boarding on rape) behavior and it just gave me a bad feeling about the entire book. I kept having to put it dow ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it
Having been spoiled by Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due, I get a little skeptical when choosing to read new supernatural or science fiction books. Especially when they are also part of the romance genre. The recently passed authors L.A. Banks and Monica Jackson were masters at this subject. Because I've read most of A.C. Arthur's romances, I was interested to see what she had in store with Temptation Rising and I was not disappointed.

Kalina Harper is a police officer in Washington, DC who is de
Jun 07, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
Animal Attraction At Another Level

A.C. Arthur introduces readers to a new series with the first book in her Shadow Shifters series, Temptation Rising. Kalina Harper has one thing on her mind - she wants to be a DEA agent. In order to do it, she has to go undercover as an account assistant at the law firm of Reynolds & Delgado. But, there were two things that interfered with her plan. First, Kalina is haunted by an incident that occurred two years earlier where she was rescued by a creature
Jan 05, 2013 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Temptation Rising is the first of the Shadow Shifters series. I found the concept of the story interesting of having a half man and half cat living in a metro city especially in Washington D.C. Roman (Rome)Reynolds is a strong and idealistic character in this story. He is one of the Faction Leader and would protect his race of shapeshifters at all costs.

Kalina Harper is a Metro Police Officer recruited by the DEA to investigate Roman Reynolds of laundering money to the South America drug cartel.
Nov 23, 2013 DivasoftheSerengeti_Lioness rated it it was amazing
This is a great read! A.C. Arthur did her thing with this one. Shifter romance is my favorite genre. When it’s well written; that’s a bonus. This book is a 5 star read.

Roman Reynolds is a sexy attorney who happens to be a jaguar shifter accused and suspected of crimes he did not commit. Sexy, wealthy and high powered all wrapped up into a delicious package. Kalina Harper is a police officer who wants has aspirations of being an agent taking her career to the next level. When these two meet, th
Jul 14, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
This was a decent story. There were a lot of really good things about the book although I can not really specify anything in particular. The story line kept me intrigued and I looked forward to getting through the book. I wish the book had been more descriptive in addressing the characters. I usually appreciate books that give me a vivid description of a particular person and gives off a personality. This story although gave me a since of the characters did not really give me the visualization ...more
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Jul 16, 2012 OCLS Staff Picks rated it really liked it
This is the first book in The Shadow Shifters series. Kalina Harper is a D.C. cop undercover at a large law firm run by Roman Reynolds which is suspected of working with a South American drug cartel. Roman, in addition to being a lawyer, is the head of a shapeshifting jaguar group from the Amazon. Kalina and Roman find themselves working together to battle Rogues, shifters who want to rule over humans instead of live with them. This fast-paced, paranormal novel sets the stage for an exciting new ...more
Laurie Bongiorno
Apr 04, 2013 Laurie Bongiorno rated it liked it
Shelves: action, shapeshifters, sex
I found myself skipping parts... especially the love scenes near the end, because I just couldn't read about turgid nipples or globes any more. (that's just a couple of examples, lol)
The beginning was a combination of two books I have read before, at least a few times... not original. There was also a lot of rehashing, info dumping and belivability issues.
The take on shifters did have a new twist that will have me reading the next one before I decide to go further, or not, with this series; sin
I got sucked in by the blurb. I am the first to admit that I like cheesy shifter romances, and this should have been a good one. Nope. Amateurish writing, characters that brood like 12 year old girls, especially Nick, who hardly seemed adult in any way - maybe he was dropped on his head at some point? And, Melanie, I almost forgot Melanie - WTF, book? (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Deanna rated it liked it
A good read. Great opening, but I felt the book didn't quite live up to the promise of its start. I expected more based on how the opening resonated with me and felt a bit disappointed when the story didn't live up to the promise I saw in the prologue. The story was a bit repetitive in places, too, repeating previous scene events or character feelings at times, but overall, I enjoyed the book and the characters.

This was my first time reading this author, so her style and voice were new to me. I
Sep 28, 2013 T. rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, so much so, I purchased the first three books of the series with high hopes. It was a struggle to get through book one- not so much because of bad writing (which would have been torturous) but the story was flat. I had no emotional connection to the characters, and there was nothing that grabbed me and kept me hooked. I got through it, hoping for some redeeming 'gotcha' moment. I was doomed to disappointment. I won't bother with the other two books- I'll be hea ...more
Tracy Hale
Feb 03, 2014 Tracy Hale rated it it was amazing
Great read AC. This is the first time I've read a shifter book. I was hesitant at first but I'm glad I read it. Kalina and Rome are incredible together. Going to read Nicks book soon.
SO HOT! SOOO GOOD! There's such chemistry between the two main characters, but more than that Arthur is able to write sex scenes that make you drool simultaneously inject great personality into every character in the story while drawing you a little deeper into their world that you're always wanting to know more. I think big cat shifters might be my favorite within the paranormal world so I was eager to see the world Arthur would paint for these guys... An unexpected but great beginning of a ser ...more
There isn't anything really wrong with this book, I'm just not in the mood for this type of story. This is a well written example of a quasi-erotic shifter instant lust type story. The story opens with the heroine, Kalina, being molested and then jumps two years forward where she is a detective working undercover in an law firm investigating possible ties to drug money. The initial setup was intriguing and the introduction of two alpha shifter best friends and potential were-politics piqued my c ...more
Jackie Roberts
Jan 21, 2014 Jackie Roberts rated it it was amazing
Temptation Rising, the first book in AC Arthur's Shadow Shifter series has definitely made me a fan of paranormal romance. A well developed storyline loaded with exciting twist and turns. Highly recommended for fans of this genre. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
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Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

Working in the legal field for almost thirteen years now she’s seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven reading a romance novel brings.
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