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“Compelled,” the fifth installment in Jaymin Eve’s Shadow Beast Shifters series, takes us back into the heart of a complex and captivating supernatural world, this time through the eyes of Simone, a character previously convinced she’d left the realm of the extraordinary behind her. This book seamlessly weaves together elements of danger, intrigue, and romance, setting the stage for a thrilling and emotionally charged story.

Simone’s return to the vampire world of Valdor under duress marks the beginning of an unexpected journey. Her inadvertent actions during her last visit attracted the attention of an ancient and powerful master vampire, thrusting her into the center of a selection process designed to find him a mate. With attendance mandatory, Simone finds herself navigating the treacherous waters of vampire politics and power plays.


Enter Lucien, Simone’s enigmatic and formidable ally, who embodies the quintessential powerful, snarly vampire master. In a plot twist that brings them closer, Lucien proposes they join forces in the Selection, pretending to be enamored with each other to ensure their mutual survival and success. However, as they delve deeper into this charade, the boundaries between pretense and reality begin to fade, especially when the vampire feeding ritual blurs the lines even further.

Jaymin Eve excels in character development, and “Compelled” is no exception. Simone’s growth from a shifter content with her earthly existence to a key player in vampire society showcases Eve’s skill in crafting relatable, dynamic protagonists. Lucien, with his complex mix of strength and vulnerability, is the perfect counterbalance to Simone, making their evolving relationship a narrative focal point.

The chemistry between Simone and Lucien is palpable, evolving from mutual frustration to an undeniable attraction that neither can ignore. Their interactions, filled with tension and unspoken desires, are a testament to Eve’s ability to build relationships that are as compelling as they are complicated.

“Compelled” stands out for its rich world-building and the intricate political landscape of Valdor, providing a backdrop that adds depth and stakes to Simone and Lucien’s story. The Selection process, with its rituals and expectations, serves as a unique setting for exploring themes of power, autonomy, and the search for connection in a world where alliances are fleeting and trust is a rare commodity.

The latest entry in the Beast Shifters series sizzles with a unique intensity, setting the stage for an electrifying exploration of desire and connection between Simone and Lucien. Their relationship unfolds with a deliberate, simmering pace that’s utterly captivating.

Simone distinguishes herself from characters like Mera and Lale with her blend of poise and sharpness, embodying a mix of diplomacy and raw strength. Refreshingly, she acknowledges her feelings for Lucien from the outset, her main struggle being the uncertainty of his feelings in return. This directness in confronting her emotions adds a rich layer to her character and the narrative.

Jaymin Eve showcases a masterful ability to craft distinct and vivid characters within an ever-expanding paranormal universe, maintaining the saga’s coherence and engaging essence. Each installment, including this one, carves out its special niche in my heart, marking the series as unforgettable. The originality and invigorating energy of the story have solidified me as a new admirer of Jaymin’s work.

Sacrificing sleep for this book was a decision I made lightly, as my usual devotion to rest is unwavering. Yet, the allure of this story made the nocturnal adventure a welcome exception. Losing sleep over a book is a rare honor I bestow, and “Compelled” proved worthy of such a distinction. I reveled in the late hours absorbed in its pages, a testament to the book’s captivating pull and a sacrifice I’m delighted to have made.

“Compelled” is a standout addition to the Shadow Beast Shifters series. It offers readers a deep dive into the vampire world through a narrative that’s as much about finding one’s place as it is about the complexities of love. Jaymin Eve has crafted a tale that’s not only a thrilling paranormal romance but also a journey of self-discovery and resilience.

As the lines between pretend and reality blur for Simone and Lucien, readers will find themselves eagerly turning pages, captivated by the unfolding drama and the promise of love that defies all odds.


Simone, of the Torma shifters, thought she was finished with the world of supernaturals that existed outside of Earth. She’d been there, done that, and had the near death experience to show for her time.

Then a summons back to Valdor–the vampire world– is dropped in her lap.

Turns out that the last time she was there, her teeny tiny mistake sent out an energy burst that called to an ancient powerful master. A master who is looking for a mate and wants Simone to participate in the Selection to prove her worth. Attendance non-negotiable.


Lucky for her, she still has one ally up her sleeve: Lucien.

Okay, yeah, he’s a snarly, powerful, frustratingly perfect master himself, but at least she knows where she stands. Lucien agrees to enter himself as a master-looking-for-a-mate in the Selection so they can pretend to fall for each other.

Only, it’s never been that simple with Simone and Lucien, and all too soon the lines between pretend and real get very blurry. Especially when there’s feeding involved.

Simone now has more at stake than just her life... her heart is on the line.