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SHIFT FOR HIRE
A.J. COVE
ISBN# 0-9789935-2-7
November 2006
Amira Press
www.amirapress.com
E-Book
$5.75
137 Pages
Sci Fi
Rating: 3 Cups

Tara Barnes is a Shift, an alien with the capability to shape herself into anyone for limited periods of time. Given the limited opportunities for her kind on Earth, she has started her own struggling business, Shift for Hire, and is, with difficulty, finding a legal way to support herself.

Cole is an important businessman. Just before a crucial meeting on a tropical island, his wife takes off with her lover. He decides to hire Tara to impersonate his wife, but the rigid and controlling Cole has no idea what he is in for.

In a world where Shifts are less than second-class citizens, Tara tries to make a legal living impersonating humans for money. Her most difficult assignment will be to pretend to be Cole’s wife as they become more and more attracted to each other. She fears that she cannot trust him as strange things involving Shifts are happening on the island set for Cole’s business meeting.

This book starts out very well; I liked Tara and her spunky attitude towards her less than ideal life. Cole is less than likeable. He is overbearing, arrogant, and controlling, and I never really did warm up to him. He seemed to be just using Tara and really had no care for her safety. The descriptions of the island and the other characters were pretty good, but after Tara left the island, the plot became a bit disjointed. I also found it confusing when the author called Tara by the name of the person that she was impersonating, even combining Cole’s wife Gina’s name with Tara’s for Tina at one point. I liked the story and read it through in one sitting, but felt that more plot descriptions were necessary.

Maura
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