BOOK REVIEW ‘The Red Zone’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 11) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

The Red ZoneAs an Assassin/shifter book goes, this story is more an assassin than the werewolf shifter story to me. It’s more realistic with just a hint of werewolf. It’s a detective story with detective Nicholas Stevens investigating a series of accidents involving gay football players. It’s during this investigation that he meets his soul mate Sebastian Price, who seems to be the target of the homophobic attacks.  Nicholas is a werewolf which means now that he’s found his mate, he will protect him above anything else.

It’s a great story and I really enjoyed it. I liked the whole police routine and Nicholas’s police partner Casey, was a great character to pair him up with. I love the banter between them and at times it did feel like I was watching a TV series.

We’ve met Sebastian before as Wyatt Quinton’s ex from ‘An ignited Passion’ book 9. He was a bit of a bad boy then, but has matured quite a bit and you’re given an explanation for this in the story. I always had an image of a young Chris Evan playing Sebastian, so it was so easy to see him throughout this story.

Sebastian hates the police and although this is used, it’s not used enough as a dramatic device. It’s mostly used in a humorous or throw away manner and the author missed out on something here. More sexual conflict could have been achieved through Sebastian’s hatred of the police.

Moments I enjoyed are when Sebastian tries to act all confident, not letting the obvious threats to his life bother him, but as soon as something scares him, he turns to the detective who wants to protect him so badly. It’s so reminiscent of what I see with younger guys and this played out well.

One simple scene just illustrated how you’ll do anything to protect the one you love.

“Sebastian!” Nick ran for the jeep. He pulled the door right off its hinges.

We don’t get to see the strength of the werewolf guys in this series much, but here, Nick is so panic stricken he rips the door off the car without considering who could be watching. I just love that passion.

It a simple story but full of ‘Who is behind all this?’ as well as Nick trying to win over the love of young Sebastian.

Once again it’s a shame that individuals like Sebastian seemed to lose their uniqueness as soon as they fell in love.  They quickly become clones of other characters from past stories.

The contentment characters find when they fall in love and wake up next to each other is never tiring to me, and I always feel warm and snugly.

With the morning rays, came a new kind of feeling for Nick. Peace. The soft sound of Sebastian’s breathing filled his ears and warm breath tickled his neck.

I really liked this story, I prefer ones like this. It was nice to see Sebastian develop an extra gift that will have repercussions for future stories, but I’ll let you discover what that is for yourself.



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