Reviewed by Merrylee, TwoLips Reviews

From a parallel universe, Breachers are shapeshifters who've fostered human legends and myths, from Bigfoot to fire-breathing dragons. Pulled from their own universe by a freak celestial anomaly, they're plopped down in our world, without the possibility of ever going home. Most adapt, making the choice to live secretly among humans as humans themselves. But there are some Breachers who can't handle life as humans. They go berserk, becoming blood-thirsty murderers that need to be put down before the rank and file of humanity discover what they really are. Enter the secret “no name” government organization tasked with putting these rogues down.

Bodyguard Jerrod Holt wonders why he was picked to be part of this organization. Even more surprising is the discovery that the partner assigned to him for his first mission is the same woman he'd been attracted to during their orientation gathering. Together, he and McKenna fly to Utah to confront the large hairy beast ripping apart tourists and locals on the ski slopes. When they face the murderous beast themselves and McKenna must morph into her real self to fight it, the legend of Bigfoot becomes all too real for Holt.

I had great expectations for Holt and McKenna. After all, it contains everything I look for in a book, especially one by Linda Mooney “bloody deaths, smart ass remarks, unbearable cold, a nightmare come to life, toe loss, rabbit farming, a search for the truth and an unconditional love that defies all belief.” Unfortunately, there’s more potential in that tag line than is realized in the book. The attraction between Holt and McKenna is strong, but I wanted to see him have some misgivings about pursing a relationship with McKenna once he sees her shift into her natural – and I must say, rather frightening – form.

Initially, Holt tries not to rush things with McKenna, but he’s determined to make her his. She wants Holt in the worst way, but he doesn't know what she really is. She fears her real form will turn him off quicker than flipping a light switch. Worried she could shift during sex, she fights her attraction to him before finally giving in, but she knows having sex with him doesn't mean they have a future together. Holt of course has other ideas.

Overall, Holt and McKenna puts a bit of a different spin on forbidden love. I walked away from it with some strong images etched in my mind, but I found the resolution of McKenna's and Holt’s issues a little too easy and idyllic. Still, I look forward to reading the next book in the series Hawthorne and Marya.

 
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