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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt by Sharon Johnson

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt by Sharon Johnson

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Book Series
Doubt (Book 1)
About the Author
Sharon Johnson is the pen name for this natural born story teller. The youngest of five, I learned the art of creating tales early that had my parents often wondering if my adventures were real. Born and raised in New York City, I spent most of my after school hours curled up with a book. A former United States Marine I've been told I have a quick wit and a vocabulary that make most sailors blush. Since my retirement from federal service I spend my days as an ordinary housewife. If by ordinary you mean a heavily tattooed, pierced, fiery red-head. I now reside in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two cats. I set out every day to prove that you can never have too much on your plate if you love what you do. Mostly I'm a believer in love, no matter what form or package you find it in. I specialize in M/M Romance with Alpha males who are complex and flawed but are willing to fight for their HEA. But I never shy away from any kind of pairing. Word of mouth is vital for any author. If you enjoyed my books please leave a review where you purchased it, on Goodreads, in my review section, and please post it on your social media site. I spend most of my nights writing or lurking on social media but I would love to hear from you. Don't forget to join my newsletter for sneak peeks and more. 
Publisher
Publication Date
November 30, 2015
Pages
251
ASIN
B018D2GXT8
DeMatteo Santiago is the Alpha of one of the largest prides in North America. He is a young, successful lion shifter, surrounded by a large family and his devoted lover. By anyone's account he has more than any one man can ask for, but his lion cares of nothing except finding their mate. 
 An unexpected business trip pits DeMatteo and his long awaited mate on opposite sides of the courtroom. But when challenged by ex-lovers, nosey siblings, and crazy hunters, DeMatteo realizes that finding his mate was the easy part. The real question is whether they will live long enough to be together. 
 This release is an M/M paranormal shifter romance. This series will contain, graphic violence, graphic language, and Mpreg. What it will not be is an instant mate fairytale, as forces set out to destroy everything and everyone.

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3.5

I love shifter stories, and mpreg is a guilty pleasure for me, so when I saw this up for grabs, I pounced (pun intended)!  There are aspects to this book that I really enjoyed, and others that bothered the daylights out of me.  
 
DeMatteo is a lion shifter, and head of a huge pride, almost too huge as I had issues keeping the siblings straight in my head, but that’s on me.  Thrust into the role upon the deaths of his parents, he’s had twenty years to grow into the job, yet he also maintains an outside job as an attorney.  A messy divorce-to-be puts him face to face with a human, Sean, and he’s staggered to sense that this fragile human is his mate.  Now comes the hard part – explaining who and what he is, and hoping for the best.  But wait!  There’s a bedmate DeMatteo’s been living with for fifteen years who needs to move out in a hurry, and he’s less than pleased to be ousted, even though DeMatteo has always been up front about this stipulation.  Anger, hurt, betrayal, and chaos quickly ensues!
 
I liked the uniqueness of the shifter species and the fact that the alpha does something other than just live on-site and solve pride issues.  The plot is a bit contrived.  It was readily apparent who the bad guys were nearly from the start, because none of them came out of left field, particularly.  The summary states that this is not an instant mate fairytale, yet it is precisely that.  DeMatteo finds him, mates him, bites him, and poof! they’re partners in life.  The book bounces around enough that it is difficult to stay on track.  Good storyline overall, but the presentation could have been smoother.  The chemistry between the two main characters is sizzling, and the sexy times are frequent and hot.  
 
My main issue with the book is that it stops smack dab in the middle of things.  It is neither an HEA nor an HFN.  It just stops!  Fortunately, book two, Where Doubt Remains, is currently available, as is a prequel story, Erasing All Doubt.  Do not read Erasing All Doubt before you read this book, however, as it gives away all the key players that are supposed to be mysterious in this segment.  Due to the abrupt end and the jarring plot presentation, I am rating this at 3.5 stars.  Once you get into it, it’s good, but it’s initially a struggle. 

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