The Shape of Desire

The Shape of Desire

Book - 2012/04/03
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For fifteen years Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But despite loving him with all of her heart and soul, Maria knows that Dante can never give all of himself back-at least not all the time.

Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. During those times, he wanders far and wide, leaving Maria alone. He can't choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing. But Maria, who loves him without hesitation, wouldn't trade their unusual relationship for anything.

Since the beginning, she has kept his secret, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occur in local parks during the times when Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she's been telling about her life have turned into lies she's telling herself...



Baker & Taylor
A series of vicious attacks in a local park forces Maria Devane to reconsider her long-standing, passionate love affair with the shape-shifter whose secret she has been guarding for fifteen years.

Baker
& Taylor

A series of vicious attacks in a local park forces Maria Devane to reconsider her long-standing, passionate love affair with the shape-shifter whose secret she's been guarding for 15 years in this novel from the best-selling author of Troubled Waters. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2012/04/03
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781937007171
1937007170
Branch Call Number: SF SHINN
Characteristics: 324 p

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dprodrig
Apr 28, 2014

Another well written story about realistic characters with a shape-shifting condition. She is honest in her portrayal of why someone would stick with Dante, even exploring leaving him, and then the reality of the surprise near the end. There is nothing big, grandiose, or wonderfully sweeping about this love story. Just a person trying to find a place to balance everything as best she can while loving the impossible.

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jennybeast
Aug 14, 2012

I open a Sharon Shinn book and just know that there will be rich storytelling and a feast for the imagination and maybe a lovely, furtive romance. And then there’s this book, which is, I guess, about obsessive love. And shapeshifters. And sadly, Twilight did a better job at a paranormal love story. Just skip this one – all of her other books are wonderful, so I’m sure the next one will be better.

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