Brazilian born Caleb was adopted into the Sanchez family when left orphaned. His shifter mother was left for dead by his human father and Caleb has always felt like an outsider no matter how much he loves his new family. Walking away from all he knew took courage, but he needed to just get away. Now he's found something more precious than anything he had ever imagined. In a bar works the girl of his dreams but she's already taken. Caleb comes back night after night just to watch her but he really wants so much more.
Zoe has had a difficult life growing up. Her step father regularly beat up her mother and Zoe came to the painful realisation that nothing she could ever do would make her mother change her life. Determined never to be a victim again Zoe works hard to stay beneath the radar but there's something about one of the bars regulars that just tempts her to want to take a risk. Life may not be perfect for Zoe but she's about to find out that real danger is quite literally a heartbeat away!
I thought this admittedly short story was a much better read then the others in this series. Whilst I'm not really a huge fan of new adult romance, I do love a shifter tale but surprisingly there's very little about the paranormal in this book. What we do get is a very convincing story about two people coming of age and learning to trust. Zoe is a tortured heroine who seems quite blinkered at times and doesn't perceive the danger she courts. She's in a very bad relationship but doesn't even realise it, which made me think maybe subconsciously that's what she felt she deserved.
Caleb is a soul divided. He thinks he's neither one thing or the other, neither human nor Shadow shifter. His pain cries out to the reader and it's a wonderful journey to acceptance of himself Ms Arthur leads him on. There is romance but for me it paled in comparison as the true crux of the story was firmly about Caleb's rebirth. These books are never exactly what I look for in a paranormal romance and yet I keep reading them. I'm really glad that I've persevered with this series as it's different to others out there. I love the humour ( Caleb's inner voice particularly) and it's great the way each chapter switches to a different point of view as it really helps open up the story.
Hunger For You is an e-book and is $1.99 at Amazon and B & N