Book Review

Fever Claim

The Sigma Menace, #1

Marie Johnston

Self-Pub, Dec 2014

Kindle, 243 Pages

Also available in Nook, paperback

Genre(s) Paranormal Romance

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Other books in this series:

Primal Claim #2, True Claim #3, Lawful Claim #4, Pure Claim #5


After being ditched only weeks before her wedding, Cassie Stockwell wasn’t out looking for a hookup. Then the devastatingly handsome bartender she’d been trying not to obsess over for months offered to give her a ride home.

What could one night hurt?

When his future was almost taken away after one impulsive decision, wolf-shifter Jace Miller waited patiently for months before making a move on the woman he knew to be his destined mate. But will one night of passion keep his little human by his side once she learned of his world and the danger it brings to her doorstep?


Marie Johnston is an award-winning, best-selling, paranormal and contemporary romance writer. She grew up in the upper Midwest and planned to go to college for English. Didn’t happen. She started college in accounting and was awful! Grabbing her inner science geek by the pocket protector, she changed to microbiology and medical technology, where her only writing involved scientific articles and procedures.

Eventually, she left full-time work full-time baby raising but kept thinking, “one day, I’d like to write a book.” Finally, before any more time passed, Marie decided to buckle down and write. She loves it!

My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰⭒

I was sort of fascinated by the cover of this book every time I went past it in my Kindle app on my tablet. It uses that blue that always catches my eye and it has the most gorgeous male body covering the rest of the cover. What’s not to catch the eye! But it’s the eyes that really did it. His eyes are done as if they are almost white! In the story, they are really a pale blue though.

So, I was really expecting a lot from this book. It didn’t deliver that much, unfortunately, but it was okay. The storyline was really good. The characters were moderately well developed, but the book left me wanting to know a whole lot more about them. Answers that I don’t think I’m going to get in the following books. The overarching theme is the problems with the Sigma guys and each couple’s story is complete in each book, I think. So the questions I have about Cassie’s background won’t be answered most likely. We’ll see.

There was a lot of action in the book. There isn’t a ton of description, but you know what’s going on and who’s who for the most part. One of the characters really seems to straddle the line and you’re not sure if she can be trusted. I have to wonder if she shows up in the next book because they discuss her a bit after the rescue. She could be an interesting character, Alex AKA Agent X.

There’s not just violence. There’s some really hot sex, too. Jace and Cassie do find the time to hook up before they have to answer the call for help, and they have all night to do it. Now Jace just has to wonder if Cassie can accept all the aspects of his shifter world and whether or not she’ll choose to stay with him. The sex was the only aspect of the book that got “in-depth” treatment – sorry, really bad pun. But I felt the book overall was a bit on the lightweight side. I really liked the characters and the concept, so I guess I’ll be reading more in this series to see what happens next.

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