There are a lot of returning characters from previous books in SHIVER, which makes it really fun for me as I've missed them.
Lynx Maiski: We pick up Lynx from MOOSED-UP after he and Eva have been married a few years. They've been busy, and Eva is very pregnant and very moody, which has Lynx skating on thin ice around her, trying to keep her happy.
Fox Maiski: Fox is my man in the making as Raven's son. Lynx probably wouldn't have won Eva's heart in MOOSED-UP if he hadn't had his nephew--who is too smart and clever for his own good--giving him tips on how to win Eva's heart. Fox runs his own sled dog team and saves Aidan's life. Aidan has no clue that the eleven-year-old boy who just saved him from certain death is his son.
Uncle Pike: Raven's uncle helps run the Chatanika Lodge and stepped in to help parent Raven and her siblings when their father was killed. You have probably noticed that the Maiski's all have animal/bird/fish names. Their grandma Coho started it and it's been one of those quirky family things that I've had fun playing with.
Roland Harte: He is one crafty bastard. He's Aidan's uncle and has been on the lamb since HOOKED. He's angry, a bit crazed, and wanting Aidan dead. A lot of bad blood here. I don't want to give anything away in case you haven't read HOOKED yet.
Peter Savonski: College kid and brother to my heroine, Sonya, in HOOKED. He and Aidan's cousin Lana had a sweet romance during the summer.
Garrett Hunt: My fish cop hero in HOOKED and a secondary character in EDGE. He arrives in full trooper form. I just love this man.
Here is a scene that gives you a little bit more of Fox. He is seriously one of my favorite characters. When he's grown up, and seasoned a bit, I'll have to write his story.
"Hey," Aidan greeted, glancing to the other side of the bed. A lump was curled under the covers. In fact, the lump had stolen all the covers. Aidan cleared his throat and looked at Fox again.
"Feeling better?" Fox studied him as though he were dissecting an insect not previously found. "You look bad."
"Okay." Aidan rubbed his raspy jaw. A shower would do him good. A cold shower. Maybe Raven hadn’t stolen the covers. He probably kicked them off. It was hot in here. "Could you open a window?"
"It’s like ten below outside." Fox gave him a look, questioning his intelligence.
"Sounds perfect," he muttered. His head hurt and he needed water and the bathroom again. He sat up and the room spun before it settled back into place. He felt funky.
"You look really bad," Fox repeated. But Aidan didn’t hold it against him as the kid handed him a glass of water.
"Thanks." He drank the whole thing down and wished he had more. His mouth and throat felt like he’d swallowed a beach full of sand.
"So, why does everybody hate you?" Fox sat on the edge of the bed, hiking one knee up.
"You’ll have to ask them." Aidan closed his eyes for a minute, hoping that would help his head. It didn’t.
"You don’t know why they hate you?" Fox lifted a brow. "I might be a kid, but I’m not stupid."
"I don’t think you’re stupid. Far from it. In fact, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be dead right now." He didn’t know if he should thank Fox for that or not.
"You know in some cultures, when you save a life, that life belongs to you."
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