The Shape of Desire

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Penguin, Apr 3, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Master storyteller Sharon Shinn has thrilled readers with her national bestselling Twelve Houses series. Now experience her original new novel in which love and loyalty are tested at every turn....

For fifteen years, Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But Maria knows that Dante can never give everything of himself back—at least not all of the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. 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.

Maria has kept his secret since the beginning, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occurs in local parks while 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...

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User Review  - ca.bookwyrm - LibraryThing

WOW. I started this book at lunchtime today, put it down when I went back to work, and then devoured the rest of it when I got home this evening. Shinn has built an amazing world, both simple and complex, and completely captivating. Read full review

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User Review  - lmcalister - LibraryThing

I have never read a mediocre Sharon Shinn book before. There is a first for everything. This is just your typical paranormal romance without the autho...more I have never read a mediocre Sharon Shinn ... Read full review


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Chapter Eight
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
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Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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