Shifting Currents

Lissa Trevor
Shifting Currents
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Loose Id
Release Date
June 2014
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven't mutated special abilities.

Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl's brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she'd rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, she agrees to his terms.

When an opportunity presents itself to travel cross the ravaged countryside to loot the remains of California, Bethany believes this is the best chance for her to find her own brother, a rogue Shifter on the run for a crime he didn't commit. Lucas wants to go, too, to free his Shifter pack.

The caravan members are expected to provide sexual services to the owners in exchange for passage out and back. As the lines between pleasure and payment become blurred, Bethany struggles to remain human while the pull of the energy feels good enough to leave her meat sack body behind. Can Lucas learn to ground her against the shifting currents?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 05, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
155 people found the following review helpful
Looking for a slightly different post-apocalyptic story? If you liked the movie The Book of Eli, SHIFTING CURRENTS contains some of the same vibes with a paranormal element.

In this world, people are evolving into something more. Some people can shift into other animals. Some people can channel electricity. Bethany is one of the special ones. She is a Tech, someone who can power electrical devices. She's a talented one which makes her a hot commodity. Sometime, too much of a commodity as she suddenly finds herself in dire straits.

This story concept is interesting. I did enjoy it. There are things I liked such as the characters. I liked Bethany and Lucas. The secondary characters were also good. The relationship between the characters worked well, too. The sex in this story is hawt. As a fan of f/f sex, this one does a nice job with two hawt women going down on each other.

What would make this story better is the worldbuilding. This did have a journey similar to The Book of Eli. Bethany is trying to make it to the West Coast. Her travel is fraught with danger. This is where the book comes apart for me. It tries to add too many different things into the story. The outer body experience felt forced into the storyline. I get how it was needed to make the story work, but it felt out of place. While I loved the F/f sex, it distracts from the main plot. The erotic orgies on the train is panty-wetting goodness, but is it really necessary? Moreover, the reason why Bethany goes to the West Coast is strange. Strange as in, where is the back story to this lab? How did the people end up there? It feels like an entire previous book is missing.

Personally, I'd like to have a book focused on those who were trapped in the facility in the West Coast. In that first book, focus also on the world building. Describe how each settlement came to existence. Explain more about each of the different types of evolved humans. Delve into the possibility of "Ghost in the Shell" type ability. Then this second book can build upon that world and feature the villains. This would give readers a solid world foundation and move to the next level. Otherwise, this story becomes a hodgepodge of great elements all fighting for a voice. Instead of working together for a perfect tasting dish, these different ideas clash and cause a chaotic sensation.

This story is recommended for those who enjoy dystopian worlds and an underdog fighting for what's right.
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