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Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here

Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: An interesting short story involving psychics, changelings and humans - definitely setting a path for other books to be explored.

Night Shift is a collection of four novellas by four authors who have mastered the art of spinning stories in urban fantasy and paranormal romance - Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane and Lisa Shearin - published in November of 2014. I have to be honest here though. I picked the book because it had a novella by Nalini Singh. But I was hesitant to read it because her story in this book was based on her Psy/Changeling series rather than the Guild Hunter Series that I love most. However, I read this book and here is my feedback without any knowledge of any of the series these authors have based these novellas on.



Secrets At Midnight is the first novella in the book by Nalini Singh and is the Psy/Changeling #12.5 in the same series. The plot revolves around Bastien Michael Smith and Kirby - two changelings who are mates to each but have a long way to go before the dance begins.

Bastien found the scent of his mate but has been unable to locate her until the day he drives Vera Robbins - a pack elder of one hundred and twenty five years - to her residence. He meets Kirby at her doorstep and immediately reacts in every which way recognizing as his mate. However she confuses him with her scent - although he senses a cat in her, she seems to be oblivion of it, and is a complete human. Why is she not acknowledging her cat element? As for Kirby, she has been alone for so long that the instant feelings towards Bastien although puts her back up, she is unable to resist. However, she need to find out who she is, where does she come from and why is she getting all these uncontrollable cramps often.

Bastien helps her find the way as the plot proceeds with help of his pack leader Lucas and his other contacts. But, will they claim each other as mates? Will she acknowledge who she is and accept? Who is she and what is her animal nature? Will his family accept her despite who she turns out to be?

The series from which this novella is set is in a world where humans, psychics and the changelings (aka shapeshifters) co-exist. It is clear that there is history of things going on around the world as we read this plot. However, since I hadn't read this series from the beginning, some of the parts were a bit lost. Yet, it was gripping enough for me to continue. Of course the sexual elements are there not too subtle and not very explosive either - just right. Very interesting plot theme, but I am not yet ready to explore the entire series (too many books already out there for me to read and complete. :)). However, a short story to definitely pick and read.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Bastien's family is introduced in the book - his mother Lia Smith, his brothers Sage ad Grey and sister Mercy and her husband Riley
2) Other members of the pack like Dorian are also introduced.

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