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Shifter's Destiny

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Nothing can stop a shape-shifter from fulfilling his legacy… except a beguiling yet forbidden young woman on a quest to save her sister.

There are some boundaries mustangs must never cross—even for true love.

Libby wasn't looking for anything but escape when she took her little sister and fled the malevolent cult they once called family. When a horse appears to carry them fr
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #144, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Harlequin
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Clare O'Beara
SHIFTER'S DESTINY is an original and beautiful take on shape-shifting, where the male character transforms to a unicorn stallion, ready to protect young females and take them into his herd - even if the herd they are leaving is vile and threatening.

Elizabeth and Maggie are close sisters, with young Maggie just thirteen, when life changes at their isolationist commune in New England and they flee the new leader and his sinister plans for them. He sends workers to pull them back but a stray horse
I was quite smitten with this unique shifter experience. The whole concept was very original, and I was thrust into a very vivid world where Unicorn shifters existed, and a love story that didn't just happen based on insta-love, but it took some realistic time to develop.

The core of the writing was very rich. I believed all these characters were real, and I wanted to be inside this story. I was reading, and it felt like I was watching a movie because the author wrote the world so well I was so
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - Time is running out for shape shifter Josh, he must heed the call to find a mate for if he doesn't the consequences are dire. But when he comes across Libby and her young sister Maggie struggling to avoid being forcibly taken back to the 'Community' they have fled, Josh's protective instincts trump his more basic 'needs' and he will risk everything to keep Libby and Maggie safe.

I have been a huge shape shifter fan for years but I can honestly say that I have never come across another
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Unicorn shapeshifter!

I really enjoyed this book on many different levels. The plot was interesting. The characters were original. The writing inspired by many horse-y thoughts. Overall a delightful read. ~ Kim S.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

Laura Anne Gilman is an autobuy author for me, so when I discover she had a new Paranormal Romance out under the name of Anna Leonard, I snapped it up.

And I am glad I did.

I fell in love with this story.
The shapeshifting unicorns felt unique, and was a welcome relief from the standard shapeshifters like Werewolves. What I liked was how believable their traits felt. Ms Leonard had included traits from horses, and used them that made total sense, and at the same time added an extra layer of tens
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars

This was better than I was expecting. I wanted to read it because the hero is a were-unicorn. That sounded a little ridiculous, but Josh turned out to be a pretty cool guy. This book has action, evil villains who want to alter the path of humanity, and likable heroes. It dragged a little between the action scenes, but it kept me turning the pages.

Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and well developed and the plot moved along well. The romance was sweet and I just really enjoyed reading this one.
Priscilla Robinson
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Took a little bit for the romance part to appear because there was a lot of focus on the conflicts but otherwise I really enjoyed it.
Genevieve Potgieter
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though I found this book lacking in heat. That was the only place i found it lacking. It was a fast paced and riviting read. The best of my recent reads.
Betty Lambert
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was good. Libby escapes the cult and takes her little sister with her after her parents had died when a bad flu was going around. She knew there was something very, very wrong about the cult but couldn't figure it out. On the run, she meets up with Josh, who is a unicorn shifter. He has left his herd looking for his mate and decides to help them stay hidden until the cult cannot find them anymore. Lots of action and good plot. Kept my interest from the very first. Recommend.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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While I'm all for a story featuring a were-equine as H, this really suffers from a dearth of background. I don't get the sense that the author HAS a world built for this either. Too bad too because with a little more background from the H's people, it would have been really good. Well, that and maybe a bit more explanation as to what the villain was actually doing. The feel that one was just plunked down in the middle of a world built might be ok, if a bit disconcerting, in a series. On a free-s ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.7 Stars. Public Library 12/9/14. I found this one to be disappointing. It was everything the description said it would be but the ending missed its mark for me. Josh is a were-unicorn who must return home and find a virgin mate once he goes into rut. Libby and Maggie are running from a bad man in their hometown when Josh comes to the rescue. Libby and Josh are smitten with each other as soon as they meet but she's not a virgin. I wasn't a fan of the virgin theme especially since I doubt Josh a ...more
Annabeth Leong
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really into the idea of a unicorn shifter, and the book's language was vivid and fluent. Unfortunately, I wound up feeling pretty disappointed by a couple things. For one, the Evil Plot that drives the story turned out too weird to be believable. It was hard to see how the villain would get anywhere with the stuff he's trying to create/set up, even if everything worked well for him. For another, the romance felt like an afterthought. I got the idea that the author was into the paranormal w ...more
Siobhan Muir
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up this little book with an unassuming title at the grocery store one day because I liked the purple cover with the handsome man and the unicorn on it. Plus, the blurb snagged me and I wanted to know more. It's taken me a while to get to reading it, but boy am I glad I did. This story starts in the middle of realistic action and doesn't let up until the end. It's full of drama, adventure, sexual tension and suspense, plus Ms. Leonard addresses the misogynistic rules and beliefs about "p ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
One of the best worst books I've ever read. This is a romance (albeit a largely unconsummated one till some awkward final pages) featuring a vegetarian were-unicorn named Josh. Who, you know, finds himself "in rut" and needing that human virgin mate before he's stuck forever in unicorn form -- but then winds up distracted rescuing two sisters fleeing The Community (why not a little touch of the Amish?), where the crazed cult leader's been concocting crazy beasts of his own. Monster show-down and ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this read like nothing I have ever read.. er sort of.. I have to say that I felt awkward the whole way through. I don't know if I was turned off by the animal nature or what?. It just felt strange reading about the love interest. The actual writing wasn't terrible. It was just the story that didn't gel well with me.
This was a fast paced, quick read. I really enjoyed the idea of a were-unicorn. I mean, wow, what completely off-the-wall imagination. Wonderful.
Josh is hot and so wonderful. I did find Libby a bit rubbish at times, but she finally comes into her own as lead mare and makes Josh stay in his human form when he has to. I liked Maggie, a really sweet secondary character.
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting storyline and characters. I liked that for once the shifter is not of a predatory kind but still very alpha and protective. This was a nice feeling.
The story lack some elements to make it more realistic but I still enjoyed it.
Jacqueline J
Oct 06, 2012 marked it as consider
I'm not sure I can get behind a unicorn shifting man without giggling. I'll try to hunt this book up and see...
Stephanie Allen
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun little read. Very quick. Also very original for the genre.
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