Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Animal Instincts by Tami Dee and Lynette Endicott

Last night I read a book by two of my Desert Breeze Publishing colleagues; Tami Dee and Lynette Endicott. I think it's really cool how they're able to collaborate with their writing.

The book is a sweet romance - the name Animal Instincts refers to actual pets - with a dab of magic woven into the story. Here is my review:

Animal Instincts is the first novel in the Time after Time saga, following a line of cursed women as they struggle to find happiness. This book is set in 1977, and tells the tale of Allison, a veterinarian in the little town of Medicine Springs, Missouri.

Allison's life is perfectly reasonable until a normal morning takes a twist for the unpleasant when an old friend, Meredith, bangs on her door, in tears over a man's betrayal. To make things better, Meredith wants to kill Allison's cat. The day grows even stranger as a newcomer to town comes running into the clinic, carrying a large dog acutely ill from a bee sting. Once events are set in motion there's no stopping destiny, and Allison soon finds herself in the middle of myth, epic love, and mortal danger.

I enjoyed the book, especially the parts with the cat and the dog. When it comes to the love story I kept forgetting the book was set in the 70's and not in present time, and thought, "Oh come on, just do it already and get it out of your system."

Tami Dee and Lynette Endicott work very well together, and it's impossible to figure out who wrote what. The characters are believable, the book is a pleasant read, and I loved the portions with magical objects, ancient documents, and the wonderful prophetess. I would absolutely recommend it.


The first book in a new series - Time After Time - is a collaborative effort. Authors Lynette Endicott and Tami Dee are working together and anticipate a series of six books. Each woman is taking the lead on half of the books.

The first to be published is Animal Instinct, set in the 1970s. Allison Green is a veterinarian and the descendent of a line of women who bear the Heartmark, a heart-shaped birthmark that identifies them as the target for Mildreth, an evil time-traveling enemy. Sean Barnett is the new detective in town. An evil from the past threatens to destroy the love developing between Allison and Sean. Will ancestral memories hold the key to freedom, or overwhelm them with fear? Will Sean be the man to help her break free of the ancient enemy who has traveled through time in order to cheat her of love?  

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