TITLE: Signed Over to the Billionaire
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci, A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal;
LENGTH: 74 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.88 -e-book
A dark secret ties this family together, but it may also set them free.
When Malorne came to Kirin asking to drill on his Texas ranch, Kirin thought it was a joke. The animosity between the bear and the bison had been long lived and there was no way Kirin would ever let a bear destroy his land. But Malorne insisted and eventually Kirin gave him a choice. Either he could shut up about it, or Malorne could give Kirin his son.
Jackson has been crushing on his neighbor for years. After all, Kirin is attractive, moody, rich, and just two years older than him. If Kirin didn’t seem to hate him so much Jackson would have gone over there to ask him out a long time ago. There’s a world of difference between a date and suddenly finding himself mated to a guy he’s hardly even spoken to.
With Jackson being his, Kirin is forced to accept Malorne drilling on his land. The bear gets richer and Kirin only has his son in trade. But there’s a mystery Kirin needs to solve; the murder of his little sister, and Jackson might know far more than he realizes about the horrible crime. When it comes to family, Jackson is loyal to his father, and Kirin will have to show him just how foolish it is to trust the wrong people.
I liked this book a lot. Although it’s book seven in the series, it’s a stand-alone. It’s a short but sweet shifter tale with a difference and an interesting story alongside the romance. Kirin is a bison shifter (yes…bison. That’s a first for me!) and a rich landowner, having inherited everything from his parents and, recently murdered, sister. Jackson is the son of his neighbour, Malorne, and a bear shifter. It’s a very original romantic combination, and I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it works!
Kirin has always been at odds with Jacksons’ father, who’s a nasty piece of work, and who wants to extend his oil drilling operation onto Kirin’s land. Kirin’s also watched Jackson from afar not realising that Jackson also has a crush on him, but they’ve never had the chance to get to know each other. When Malorne comes seeking a contract to drill on Kirin’s land, again, Kirin decides on the spur of the moment to make him an offer he knows Malorne won’t be able to accept, or will he? Eighty percent of the profit? A date with his wife? A mating with his son? Surely that’s too much to ask but Malorne, who only cares about money, agrees and, despite being taken aback and not wanting to, Kirin has to stand by his offer.
Kirin enjoys dinner with Malorne’s wife and is surprised to find he likes her. He and Jackson are soon mated, and although they have a bit of a shaky start, due to lack of communication, that’s soon overcome. It’s what happens next regarding the murder of Kirin’s sister that puts a ‘sting’ in the tale!
The story has to move quickly, being short, but there’s enough detail and description to enable the reader to get nicely carried away. I enjoyed Jackson’s friendship with the bird shifter, Elan, from an overprotective family and I’d have liked to see that story explored more! The book ends quite abruptly, but it’s finished off well with no real loose ends. I’d have liked a bit more about Kirin and Jackson before it did, as I adored them as a couple.
The book is well written, and overall it was a satisfying and enjoyable way to curl up for a couple of hours’ escapism. I think I might well go back and look for the rest of the books in the series!
****The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book****