The rules of undercover work are simple:
Never fall for your mark.
Never let down your guard.
Never give your heart away.
Lion shifter and Third Shift co-founder Elijah Richter is on a mission: seduce arms dealer Mirko Aston's gorgeous girlfriend, use her as an entry point to the organization, and discover what the global terrorist is planning. It should be simple.
Then he meets Meghna Saxena-Saunders—influencer, celebutante, ex-wife to a handsome Hollywood hotshot, and a highly trained apsara assassin—and all his plans are blown out of the water.
Meghna immediately clocks the mysterious stranger watching her at a VIP party and decides she's curious enough to play along. She and Elijah fall headfirst into their lusty bed of lies, but when their steamy morning-after is interrupted by one of Aston's goons, both of their missions are thrown into jeopardy. Now Meghna must team up with Third Shift to cover her tracks, discover the truth, and resist falling for a man who thrills her to her core…before it's too late.
Snyder's sharp and steamy paranormal romance expands the politically driven alternate reality introduced in Big Bad Wolf, perhaps biting off more than it can chew. This time the game is spy versus spy. With a potentially disastrous weapon on the black market, Elijah Richter, a lion shifter and cofounder of the supernatural vigilante organization Third Shift, goes undercover to infiltrate the criminal enterprise of Mirko Aston and the mogul's Indian celebutante girlfriend, Meghna Saxena-Saunders, is his way in. But Meghna is a far more practiced seducer than the earnest British-Jamaican Elijah. As an apsara, a Hindi supernatural gifted in the art of charm, Meghna's used to exploiting relationships to get close to her targets. The attraction between them is credible, but rather than focus on that tension, the story diffuses its attention across myriad subplots, including an equally steamy and possibly even more poignant one about a triad between fellow Third Shift loyalists. Jumping between perspectives and story lines, the narrative takes on a chaotic, stream of consciousness feel that can be hard to follow. Still, Snyder delivers a frothy mixture of sex, lies, and espionage, punctuated by well-executed, fevered couplings. With so much going on, some readers will struggle to keep up, but others will revel in the sexy mayhem. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.