The Shadows of Christmas Past Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestsellers Feehan and Sizemore deliver a pair of sensual holiday novellas, each featuring a female vet who can communicate with animals. In Feehan's Rocky Mountain Miracle, Maia Armstrong is forced to accompany Cole Steele to his Wyoming ranch a few days before Christmas to try to save his teenage brother Jase's favorite horse. When a blizzard socks them in, Maia learns about Cole and Jase's abusive father, who was especially cruel at Christmastime and who was shot to death a few months earlier. Before long, it becomes apparent that whoever killed evil old dad is looking for something hidden on the ranch—which is where Maia's ability to commune with animals comes in handy. In Sizemore's A Touch of Harry, vet Marj Piper rescues handsome Harry Blethyin, part-time werewolf/full-time PI, from a pair of dog thieves while he's in canine form. Harry is actually in town to help the council of shapeshifters track down five of their runaway teenage offspring, one of whom is romantically involved with a human girl. As all werefolk know, unions between shapeshifters and humans rarely work out. So what's Harry to do when he finds himself falling in love with Marj? Fans of sexy, over-the-top paranormal romances will enjoy discovering this unusual offering tucked inside their Christmas stocking.
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About the Author
Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including her popular series featuring the Carpathians, the Ghostwalkers, the Leopard People, and the Drake Sisters. She lives in Cobb, California.
Susan Sizemore is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, contemporary, and futuristic romances, including Primal Instincts, Primal Needs, and Primal Desires. She lives in the Midwest.
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The Shadows of Christmas Past by Susan Sizemore
This is a dualogy by two disparate authors. On one hand in "Rocky Mountain Miracle "we have the typical Christine Feehan's uber angsty and somewhat depressing males. Cole and his brother Jase had been terribly abused by their father and have no love for the Christmas season.. It takes Maia, a veterinarian who can "talk" to the animals to bring them out of their mutual misery and give them hope...along with the animals.
On the other hand, we have Susan Sizemore's somewhat lighter and more humorous "A Touch of Harry" who in the opening scenes finds himself bare butt naked in the Vets largest dog cage! After all the vet did capture a wolf, or did she? As in the first novella in this dualogy Dr Marjorie has an affinity with animals of all kinds. This time it is the female protagonist who has a problem with the holidays and Harry soon rides to her rescue!
I loved both of these novellas but my heart goes with Susan's contribution, since Christine's just left me feeling depressed no matter how the happily ever after the book finally turned out.
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Jase is so untrusting he can't even let himself hope. Their father killed anything they showed interest in, whatever, an animal or a friendship. Beatings, brandings, and both think he killed their mothers.
Maia Armstrong is a traveling vet. She does not stay anywhere too long because people begin to think she is strange. She seems to have an affinity for animals almost as though she can talk to them. She can calm the meanest animal and sheds warmth wherever she goes. Cole meets her in town and is fasinated by her. But she knows a predator when she sees one.
Strange things are happening at the ranch, while Cole is in town Jase calls to tell him one of the horses has crashed into a fence. The one Jase has let himself become attached to. Cole rushs Maia and her portable clinic to the ranch. They arrive ahead of a major snowstorm and are stranded on the ranch.
Can one woman full of love and understanding reach these two lost souls, can she somehow see and reach in to calm two hurting hearts and redeem what has been beaten out of them?
Can Cole discover who murdered their father and why? What secrets live in the cold murkiness of the house and ranch?
This is one of Christine Feehan's best novellas. I was delighted and warmed by this sensitive insightful story.
Susan Sizemore gives us a werewolf Christmas story. Harry, a werewolf is hunting for 5 missing cubs. The trail leads to Marj Piper, a vet, she also can talk to animals. Harry an alpha male, finds in Marj an alpha female. Between searching for the missing youngsters and seduceing Marj, we have an interesting view of Christmas in a small mountain town.
A Touch of Harry" by Susan Sizemore. Using his wolf form for speed and olfactory purposes, werewolf private investigator Harry Blethyin tracks down missing teen shapeshifters when he is shot with a tranq dart. The men take the comatose Harry still in his wolf body to veterinarian Dr. Marj Piper. She locks the animal in a cage, but the next morning finds the human Harry locked inside. Fans of werewolf romantic long novellas will take immense delight with this strong tale of love between the werewolf sleuth and the human vet.
These two paranormal veterinary romances are terrific tales that will elate sub-genre readers as both stories contain delightful lead characters and a sold support cast that brings out much of the prime pairs.
Love and magic triumph over evil in two sizzling holiday novellas.
CHRISTINE FEEHAN — "Rocky Mountain Miracle"
"When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sparks that fly could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can't help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart around the holidays?"
SUSAN SIZEMORE — "A Touch of Harry"
"When the injured wolf Dr. Marjorie Piper takes back to her kennel turns into a man, Marj is stunned, and keeps his subsequent escape a secret. The only thing more difficult to hide is the burning desire she feels for Harrison Blethyin, a stranger in town who brings out her animal instincts. But when Marj and Harry join forces to find a pack of runaway teens before Christmas, truths are revealed that will bind their souls together forever."
Title: The Shadows of Christmas Past Authors: Christine Feehan & Susan Sizemore Publisher: Pocket Star Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Series: Christmas Series #3 (Primes #2.5)
"The Shadows of Christmas Past"
What I liked about this novel.....
These were two opposite types of novels with one being a little sad but the other one made up for it with all of its humorous things that were going on in its story. Now, if you like magic with mystery, healing, suspense, vampires, werewolf's, shifters, paranormal (yes fantasy) and romance both of these reads along with the holiday Christmas spirit that will definitely put a smile on your face.
I found the stories were well written with some very interesting well developed characters that will keep you turning the pages till the end in these heartwarming tales.