parents are murdered, Deylen Troika is appointed Alpha of
the Centruroides Clan of Reno. The Centruroides are
shape-shifting scorpions. The extra duties force him to
hire a mortal woman, Seneca McLane, to work in his research
lab. Sparks fly between them, even though Deylen must
eventually choose a were-scorpion female as a mate. Seneca
has her own agenda, which doesn’t keep her from pursuing the
attraction she feels for Deylen.
complications arise when Deylen is maneuvered into a power
struggle with the Alpha of the Loxosceles Clan, Koda Webb; a
brute that everyone suspects killed the Troikas. Webb
wants control of the entire territory and will use any means
to gain it. Deylen does all that he can to protect Seneca,
which means he’s forced to omit the truth about what he is.
Despite his efforts, Koda Webb sees Seneca as a pawn to use
against Deylen. Deylen is very willing to confront and stop
him, even if it means all out war.
encountered a story with shape-shifter scorpions prior to
Scorpio Risen. That was enough to intrigue me
from the start. The species details and facts about
scorpions added nice touches to the plot and character
descriptions and development.
relies heavily on dialogue, so that I felt as if I were
reading a movie script. It made it rather difficult to
get into Seneca and Deylen. The bulk of their interaction
is chit-chat which falls short on originality and wit.
would say this story was solid, but formula driven. That
doesn’t mean that Scorpio Risen wasn’t a good
read. It just means that a little more ingenuity and
wording to tease my senses and imagination would have
certainly enhanced my appreciation more.