Sentinels: Leopard Enchanted
Harlequin Nocturne, Aug 1 2015, $5.75
Atium Core assigns agent Ana Dikau to conduct surveillance of snow leopard shifter Ian Scott. Brainwashed all her life that the enemy Sentinel shifters are evil and with a chance to finally prove her worth, Ana looks forward to mission success. Her superiors further direct her to seduce Scott so that she can plant an amulet to harm him and his Southwest friends and allies.
Frustrated as he struggles to find a way to protect shifters from the Atium Core’s latest weapon, harmful amulets, Ian wonders if the woman he just met could provide him the answer. As Ana diligently performs her undercover duty, she struggles with the kindness and caring Ian and others show to her. Ana must choose between the shifter (and his associates) she loves and respects, and the group she spent her life with being mistreated and scorned as a second class citizen.
The latest Sentinels romantic fantasy (see Alpha Rising) is a magnificent entry due to the Atium mole finding those she is to destroy behave nothing like the violent miscreants she had learned about for years. Series fans will wonder whether a few weeks of compassion and thoughtfulness can overcome decades of indoctrination started when Ana was an infant.