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Book Review: A Griffin for Christmas by Zoe Chant

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"A Griffin for Christmas" by Zoe Chant (cover)
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Shifters for Christmas #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: A curvy animal rescue worker who hates the holiday season…
A hot shifter cop who never takes a day off…
Together, can they overcome the danger that threatens their merry Christmas?

Emilia Lopez has hated the holiday season ever since she got her heart broken on Christmas Eve. Now, she relies only on herself as she cares for the rescue dogs she’s taken in. There’s no room in her busy life for anyone else – until the hottest guy she’s ever seen crashes through her shed roof in the middle of a snowstorm.

As an agent of the elite Shifter Patrol Corps, griffin shifter Rowan Stanton doesn’t take days off. How can he, when there are shifter criminals to bring to justice? But in hot pursuit of his latest foe, a raging snowstorm and an unfortunate encounter with a roof send him tumbling into the arms of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen… who just happens to be his fated mate.

Sizzling attraction flares into white-hot romance – but with a dangerous criminal closing in, how can Rowan protect the stubbornly independent Emilia? He might have destroyed her shed, but can he break down the walls she’s built around her heart?


REVIEW: This was a fun, shifter romance read! Right away, I liked the unexpected circumstances that brought Rowan and Emilia together at just the right time. Though both are dedicated to their jobs, the instant attraction can’t be dissuaded and soon the two find themselves conflicted.

Rowan is adamant about recapturing an escaped criminal. As much as he rejoices in finding his fated mate he doesn’t know how to tell her about himself and his world or if his life would put her in danger. Emilia is not feeling the Christmas spirit and wants nothing to do with love so she can focus on finding animals a loving forever home. But she can’t deny how much Rowan seemingly fits in her life.

These were not the best criminals as I’m pretty sure a few Criminal 101 rules were broken in a ridiculous but amusing way. But I liked how level-headed and helpful Emilia was when danger came calling and the suspense still made the story enjoyable.

I loved that Emilia rescues all kinds of animals and that her home is filled with them (goals!). It was so cute how taken with Rowan her fur babies were. I loved Rowan’s backstory of what led him to become a Shifter Patrol Corps member. It rounded out his character and made me love him even more. And I really loved the scenes where Rowan and Emilia were getting to know each other, especially since Rowan doesn’t know much about human customs like Christmas.

Short and enjoyable, A Griffin for Christmas left me wanting more (in a good way), so I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and more of Zoe Chant’s backlisted titles.

More by Zoe Chant

Fire & Rescue Shifters: Wildfire Crew
Wildfire Griffin (#1)

Shifters for Christmas
A Dragon for Christmas (#2)

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Book Review: Wildfire Griffin by Zoe Chant

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Cover of "Wildfire Griffin" by Zoe Chant.
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fire & Rescue Shifters: Wildfire Crew #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: It started with a wildfire.

Things went downhill from there.

When firefighter Rory lays eyes on fire watcher Edith, he instantly knows she’s the one. His fated mate.

Now, to win her heart, he just has to protect her from:

1. A raging wildfire (actually, she’s already got that covered, thanks)

2. The lightning-throwing invisible monster that started it (um, the what?)

3. Killer bunnies (don’t even ask)

4. The appalling matchmaking attempts from his crew of misfit shifters (not only is this guy scorching hot, his dog is adorable too. And… weirdly smart?)

5. His own animal need to claim her. Now. (if only she could look him in the eye…)

Good thing that as a powerful alpha griffin shifter, he can handle anything… right?

There’s only one problem.

The last thing this autistic woman wants — or needs — is to be protected…


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A really enjoyable paranormal romance with a lovable cast of characters, an interesting and mysterious antagonist, and a riveting plot.

Edith is a fire watcher who longs to be on the ground battling wildfires instead of watching from afar. But she’s never been given the chance due to her autism. It’s left her feeling alone without a place to belong. So when griffin shifter Rory arrives on the scene after a strange lightning occurrence that causes a fire and a demonic hare tries to kill her, Edith finds herself presented with an offer to make her dreams a reality or be rejected once again.

I like that though Rory wants Edith because she’s his mate he also values her skills that make her an ideal and valuable wildland firefighter. He takes the time to get to know Edith and understand her way of communicating when others just brushed her off as odd and incapable. This allows Edith to slowly come out of her shell and start to believe in herself as a highly trained firefighter. Edith is such a lovely character and really shines bright in this story.

I love that Rory’s crew is a mix of shifters because it makes things more interesting and different in all the best ways. They’re such a lovable bunch who see each other as family. My favorite of the team is Fenrir, a hellhound. He added a lot of comic relief to the story. One thing that perplexed me though was how Rory could be recognized as their Alpha when they’re all different species. Rory has all the makings of a good leader, but they don’t really say how this is possible but there are kind of hints that point to something more. I’m hoping that’s explained in the books to come. I also can’t wait to learn more about each crew member in their own respective books.

I love shifter romances and books with fighters, so I had a great time reading Wildfire Griffin. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.