ARC Review: Bachelor in Paradise by Shai August

Overall: 3.5/5 β­β­β­πŸ’«
Steam: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Feels: πŸ™ŒπŸ‰βš‘οΈπŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ˜¨

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Location: Various, including China, Arizona and California, USA
MC age range: mid-twenties/immortal
Lead: Xi Sing
Love interest(s): Monday Todicheene
Tear jerker: No
HEA: HFN – with cliffhanger for other characters

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 334
Publisher: Three Fortnights Press
Audible: No
Series: Yes – The Bachelor Series
1. Shifter Bachelor – released 10/31/19 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2. The Crutchfields and The McNamaras – released 1/6/19
3. The Shifter Bachelorette – released 2/14/19 β­β­β­β­πŸ’«
4. Bachelorette in Heat – released 5/31/19 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5. Trouble Ex Machina – released 8/22/19
6. Bachelor in Trouble – released 8/23/19 β­β­β­β­πŸ’«
7. Bachelorette on a Mission – released 10/31/19 β­β­β­β­πŸ’«
8. Bachelor in Paradise – released 3/15/20 β­β­β­πŸ’«
9. Bachelor in the North – releasing 8/31/20
10. Undercover Bachelor – releasing 12/31/20

~QD πŸ”₯~
Sex/kink type: penetrative
Possible triggers: death, death of family member, violence

The Quick and Dirty: Male phoenix shifter is selected as the next Shifter Bachelor. While he may know with certainty which one of the contestants his mate is, he will have to convince her. There are also other nefarious forces working in the background that may endanger their future together.Β 

I loved the Chinese mythology in combination with the Native American folklore and I felt Monday and Xi Sing were a good match but I did have some qualms with the story. The pacing in this story was much slower than the others. It didn’t hook me as quickly, despite my bias for Asian mythos. Once we got Xi Sing and Monday’s backgrounds the rest felt like it dragged a bit until we got to the climax, which felt rushed by contrast. I wanted more on the Mahjabeen storyline, something to really pull me forward to the next book. Also, I felt certain questions were left unanswered that were important, like what happened to Xi Sing’s sister and Monday’s influence on her, or how Xi Sing’s relationship to the Communist party evolved, if at all. Overall, still an enjoyable read but I was hoping for a bit more.Β 

Lights. Camera. Deception. Disaster. Despair.

Xi Sing, the Asian Alpha of the Rare and the Unknown is suffocating under the role he’s played for the entirety of his adult life – perfect son.

For far too long, he’s allowed others to dictate his choices and lifestyle, but he refuses to allow them to dictate his choice of mate.

Behind the scenes of his season of The Shifter Bachelor, the pressure mounts as seemingly everyone points him toward the woman he least wants, but who makes the most politically expedient choice.

The lady he sees himself with may not be the best political match, but she is the best match for his heart. Can he convince her that love doesn’t have to be perfectly choreographed to work? Can he convince himself?

See links in the series area above.

Shai August is a country girl with a big imagination, more than a touch of wanderlust and a never-ending desire to live in both an RV traveling the world and a library. Her love language is words of affirmations followed by books, bacon and bourbon.

She’s a born and bred Louisiana native, but is currently doing an impression of a yellow rose of Texas. She is fluent in English, sarcasm and memes. Her goal is to write fast paced, character driven paranormal fiction for women of color.