Irish elk shifter Conall Wright loved Christmas… when he could still hear the music that brought him joy and fame. Then a fateful car accident stripped him of his hearing and brought his classical music career to a halt. Now, he’s looking for a place for the holiday that isn’t full of silver bells and singing Santas to remind him of everything he’s lost, and Shifting Sands Resort looks like it might be just the tropical escape he’s hoping for.
At least there won’t be snow.
Gizelle doesn’t know who she is or where she came from before she was rescued from the clutches of a madman who kept her caged in a shifter menagerie. She only knows that the world is a strange and frightening place, and as much as she wants to belong, it’s much easier simply to be a gazelle and run away. Meeting her mate is just another way she fails at every attempt to be normal.
In love with a woman who won’t let him touch her, Conall has to choose between the business that he built following the onset of his deafness and an unpredictable life in a quirky place full of mysteries and unexpected friendships. Can he win Gizelle’s trust… and her heart? Can he convince her she doesn’t have to sleep in the shower?
And can either of them ever truly stop running?
Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.
Titles in the Shifting Sands Resort series include: Tropical Tiger Spy – Tropical Wounded Wolf – Tropical Bartender Bear – Tropical Lynx’s Lover – Tropical Dragon Diver – Tropical Panther’s Penance – Tropical Christmas Stag –
** Just an FYI The Master Shark’s Mate, a title from the Fire & Rescue Shifters series by Zoe Chant is a crossover title in the Shifting Sands Resort series. It would be best read between Tropical Wounded Wolf and Tropical Bartender Bear**
Title: Tropical Christmas Stag
Series: Shifting Sands Resort #7
Author: Zoe Chant
Published: November 10, 2018
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Tropical Christmas Stag is the seventh story in the Shifting Sands Resort series, and we finally get Gizelle’s story. I’ve been waiting for this one since we first met Gizelle. Of all the shifters who were held prisoner in the compound on the far side of this island, Gizelle is perhaps the most fragile, the most affected by her former captivity. Her innocence is often countered by wisdom far beyond her years, and she deserves an amazing mate. Conall is a wounded, almost bitter man when he arrives at the resort trying to escape from the Christmas madness of Boston. Once upon a time he loved this season with it’s beautiful music and festivities – now, even his former love of the holidays has been stolen from him just as his hearing was. For a professional musician, a creator of the most beautiful notes the loss of those sounds has had a deep impact on Conall. His plan to escape to the tropical sands of this shifter resort brings him so much more than he ever expected… it brings him Gizelle, his mate.
I knew that Gizelle’s story would be emotional, after all she has much to put at risk, even for the love and security of a mate. Yet, Tropical Christmas Stag is crafted in the most loving, understanding way, full of innocence, laughter, miscommunications, and at times complete awe at what is happening between Conall and Gizelle. You will laugh and cry, get annoyed and furious (do not get me started on Conall’s mother), and in the end be stunned by a love so brave and so accepting that you will think about this story beyond the final page. There is also danger in this story, hints of what is to come and I’m definitely on edge to start discovering who is really pulling the strings and endangering this island.
High praise for Tropical Christmas Stag, and a must read if you’ve visited this series before. If you haven’t started the series, then I’d suggest going back to Tropical Tiger Spy at the beginning if you possibly can. This series builds on events, and people known to us in this series on a somewhat isolated island and events do flow from one book to the next. If possible, I’d suggest reading in order… but if you cannot then Tropical Christmas Stag is a delightful story that could be enjoyed on its own, it’s just better with background, in my opinion. I had such fun with this tender, unique romance and would highly recommend this one.
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