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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Shift: A Novel by Kimber Ireland is a blend of contemporary romance and coming of age, a story filled with drama and told in an atmospheric style. Eighteen-year-old Jaydis has been overshadowed by a sister, Laurae, whose royal wedding is coming up. She is set to marry Jonah whom she met at the Festival of the Wells a year ago. Jaydis is not very excited about the Festival this year, but when she meets Harbur Ladnek and Rei, everything changes. The two brothers to the groom are playboys and they are hot, and when Jaydis catches Harbur’s attention, it sets off a chain of events that involve a brawl at the party, and Rei wondering how far the two can go and where he fits in. Torn between the two, Jaydis must make a choice or… shift completely out of the game. Can she handle the situation?
This is a well-plotted romance with interesting characters. There were moments I felt riled by the childish behavior of Jaydis, but she is written that way to reflect her maturity and age. However, Kimber Ireland does a good job of exploring her growth through the narrative. The characters are well-developed and I enjoyed how well the relationships between the different characters are written. When Jaydis meets Harbur, it is his intense presence, his tanned skin, bulging muscles, and hazel eyes that pull her in. The effect that the two brothers, the “shirtless gods,” have on the girls at the party is vividly written as well. Shift: A Novel is well-paced, the characters are robust, and a Victorian culture is intelligently written into the narrative. It was a fun read, entertaining, and filled with exciting moments. It is emotionally rich and a tale that brilliantly portrays the game of love.