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PRETTY LITTLE LION  by Suleikha Snyder


From the Third Shift series, volume 2

by Suleikha Snyder

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-72821-500-6
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

A dangerously alluring influencer’s life philosophy is torn to shreds when a lion shifter claws his way into her heart.

Elijah co-founded Third Shift after the events of the Darkest Day, when the covert existence of supernaturals became public knowledge and their peaceful co-existence with humans was irreparably harmed. As part of his latest mission for the secret organization, Elijah hopes to topple global terrorist and arms dealer Mirko Aston by way of his gorgeous girlfriend, Meghna Saxena-Saunders. But Meghna is an extremely skilled apsara assassin with a mission of her own. Although her beauty is supernatural, she does not need any special powers to charm Elijah. He in turn tempts Meghna to abandon her policy of avoiding attachments with men. But when their mutual entanglement jeopardizes both their missions, Elijah and Meghna must join forces to salvage the situation. The second installment in Snyder’s Third Shift series, following Big Bad Wolf (2021), is darker and bloodier than the first. Elijah and Meghna’s instant sexual chemistry catalyzes some engaging moments, but as Third Shift’s fight against a corrupt and unjust world gathers steam, romance gets inadvertently pushed to the back burner. Instead, the predicaments of a diverse set of engaging secondary characters occupy center stage, serving to underline the stakes of the protagonists’ battles. Snyder tugs at several threads from Hindu mythology, with a keen awareness of gender and caste politics, and draws intelligent parallels between mythical creatures and the mythos associated with women in current times. A relentless focus on the battle of good versus evil mostly eclipses complexities and nuances, but Snyder manages to occasionally tease out and address some gray areas.

Love comes in many shapes and forms in this supernatural romance.