Money For Nothing

Shapeshifter Series Book 2

Romance - Paranormal
287 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2022
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Author Biography

Julie Tetel Andresen is a world traveler and linguistics expert who has written over 30 novels and three works of nonfiction. With love stories as her primary canvas, Julie’s novels span genre, geography, and time periods. She has written romantic mysteries and paranormal stories; BDSM, motorcycle club, and MMA novels; historical and contemporary plots. Julie gains inspiration from travel, setting many of her novels in the diverse locations where she has lived or visited – from Brazil to Vietnam, France to Romania, Germany to Mongolia.

Before establishing her own publishing company (LLA Books, formerly Madeira Books), Julie was published by mass-market publishers Fawcett Crest, Warner Books, and Harlequin.

In her non-fiction professional life, Julie serves as Professor Emerita of English at Duke University, with a specialty in linguistics. Her most recent academic work is Languages in the World: How History, Politics, and Culture Shape Language. Julie and co-author Philip Carter of Florida International University (FIU) have donated all profits from book sales to the Endangered Languages Fund, which works to conserve languages that are on the brink of extinction. In 2020, Julie was a Visiting Professor at Florida International University in Miami, teaching Languages and Cultures of the World.

Julie lives in Durham, North Carolina and spends most summers in Bucharest, Romania.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Money For Nothing is the second book in the Shapeshifter Series by Julie Tetel Andresen. The story follows Wendy Osceola and Jackson Cypress, two were-panthers finding love when they least expect it. Wendy left Miami behind and started her private investigation business in Orlando to get away from the drama of her family. She had no idea her tracking instincts led her to her neighbor’s backyard where she found a strange device. Wendy had no idea she would meet Jackson, a were-panther as well. Jackson was the Chief Deputy of Miami PD and was working on a strange case of online love scammers. He enlisted Wendy to help with the case, without realizing they had chemistry waiting to sizzle. However, they had a duty to follow and destinies to fulfill. Even if they felt an undeniable spark, neither could afford to fall in love. But when fate decides something, nothing can get in the way.

I loved the first novel of the series, and I loved Money For Nothing as well. I enjoyed how author Julie Tetel Andresen presents strong and feisty female protagonists and builds the story around them. Wendy was smart, cunning, and almost too intelligent for her own good. She and Jackson complemented each other well. Their personalities were contrasting in the best way possible, which meant readers got to enjoy some lively banter, bickering, and witty dialogues. The pace was fast, and the narrative was strong. Andresen did her absolute best to create an environment that made the mystery behind the online scammers rich without giving much away. The characters were given ample time to develop properly, the dialogues were written to intrigue readers, and the romance was dramatic enough to keep them guessing if Wendy and Jackson would end up together or not.

Pikasho Deka

Money For Nothing is the second book of the Shapeshifter Series by Julie Tetel Andresen. Werepanther Wendy Osceola relocates to Orlando, living estranged from her family in Florida after her brother Bobby was arrested in a casino scam. When she stumbles upon a mysterious gadget in someone else's yard, Wendy inadvertently embroils herself in an investigation involving an online scam. Also working on the case is the Chief Deputy of Miami PD, Jackson Cypress, a handsome werepanther who hires Wendy's services after witnessing her investigative skills. Soon, sparks fly between the two, and Jackson finds himself intensely attracted to Wendy, risking his familial obligations. Meanwhile, Bobby escapes from prison and is hell-bent on proving his innocence. But his plan puts him in the crosshairs with none other than the Russian mob.

A gripping paranormal sleuth story, Money For Nothing has plenty of mystery, suspense, and thrills to entice lovers of the genre. Filled with romance, intrigue, and twists and turns that you never see coming, author Julie Tetel Andresen's book is an absorbing read from start to finish. The narrative feels well-paced, with each page containing unexpected reveals and mysteries to keep you hooked throughout the plot. Wendy is a layered character, and her intoxicating romance with Jackson provides the narrative thrust to the story. Every scene between the two oozes chemistry, and you find yourself rooting for them to end up together. I was also pleasantly surprised by the humor sprinkled throughout the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed Money for Nothing and recommend it to fans of paranormal romance stories.

Vincent Dublado

Money For Nothing is the second book in the Shapeshifter Series by author Julie Tetel Andresen. This time, Private Investigator Wendy Osceola moves to Orlando from South Florida after her brother was convicted of embezzling from the tribe’s casino. Meanwhile, Jackson Cypress is in Orlando in relation to an international case. A high-ranking police officer and son of the tribe’s Prime, Jackson’s mother is pushing him to marry the she-cat Arianna, but he has yet to show Arianna any emotion with heat. Wendy and Jackson cross paths when they respond to the shooting of an anaconda, where Wendy keeps a gadget that she found inside the water boa. This mysterious gadget becomes the key to solving a love scam case that Jackson and Wendy will crack. And in the process, they will become drawn together, and Jackson must choose between Wendy and the princess that her tribe has chosen for him.

The detail on the characters may not be of the highest degree, but the desire that keeps them moving forward is enough to justify their existence. Julie Tetel Andresen is doing a great job in creating identifiable characters that epitomize coolness whether they are in human or beast form. Furthermore, the storyline is impressive. You can tell that Andresen has taken the effort to carefully explore the motivations of her villains to create a strong conflict. As the supernatural transformation of the characters provides mystique to this paranormal tale, the parallels between human and beast form give a strong social and philosophical message, with the allegorical concept of the lone female panther as the symbol of women’s empowerment. Money for Nothing is a tale that has the potential to become a classic in this golden age of paranormal romances.

Stephanie Chapman

In Money For Nothing, Julie Tetel Andresen introduces Wendy, a werepanther that has moved to Orlando to escape from her troubled past in Miami. Wendy has made friends and is meeting them for brunch. When she hears a gunshot, Wendy smells blood in the air. She follows the scent and finds a man cleaning a boa constrictor. She picks up a dog tag and a shiny box before seeing the police have arrived. Wendy notices Chief Deputy Jackson Cypress from Miami and tries to leave without drawing his attention. Returning to her apartment, she runs into Tiffany, who is placing signs for her missing dog. The next morning, Tiffany shows up at Wendy’s apartment, and tells her about her boyfriend’s sudden disappearance. Wendy agrees to help the distraught woman look for him at Universal Studios. Much to her chagrin, they run into Jackson, who is also looking for Stockton. Upon his insistence, Wendy finds herself forced to work with the same officer linked to her past.

Julie Tetel Andresen made this romance shapeshifter story more involved. Wendy reminds me of my own introverted ways, a loner intent on working alone. She feels content to wear plain t-shirts and jeans, and I found it easy to connect with her personality. I felt sincere empathy for poor Tiffany, as she couldn’t find her dog and boyfriend within one day. I liked how Wendy checked Jackson’s air of arrogance by blowing off his overtures. The story was full of several twists, involving international crime, cyberspace, and supporting characters, with their involvement being fundamental to bringing the entire puzzle together. This was a book I had difficulty putting down, as there was never a dull moment. The detailed depiction of every scene made the story come alive and easy to envision. There was nothing predictable about Money For Nothing, including an exciting twist at the end. I would recommend this story to readers of shapeshifter romances that involve mysteries.

Ronél Steyn

Money for Nothing by Julie Tetel Andresen is the second book in the Shapeshifter series. Wendy Osceola is a werepanther living in Orlando after moving away from her family in Miami. She finally has her own investigative service as well as a few friends. On a day out with her new friends, Wendy follows an instinct and discovers a grisly scene in the backyard of one of the residents. With her affinity for small shiny things, Wendy takes a few things from the scene with the permission of the resident. This is where she sees Jackson Cypress, son of the werepanther prime from Miami. Jackson is Chief Deputy of the Miami PD and has followed the trail of an online love scam to Orlando. Jackson sees Wendy, a were he has never seen before. With Wendy’s talent for finding things, they team up to solve the case. Can they keep it professional or will their feelings for each other win in the end?

I thoroughly enjoyed Money for Nothing by Julie Tetel Andresen. I found the idea of other weres quite interesting and was intrigued by the idea of a were-type depending on the geography. Bears from Russia, panthers from Miami, and wolves from London. The plot was wonderfully planned, and I enjoyed the twists and turns the investigation took. All the characters were relatable, at least in the human sense. Character growth progressed well from start to finish. This was most definitely a page-turner. This book is only suited for adult readers as there are some scenes with mature content.