Shifting Priorities 2: Mating Dance by Anne Kane
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (50 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Lilac
Jakeb is an Imperial were-panther who wants an heir. Problem is, he doesn’t want a mate. When he rescues Kaitlyn from an abusive trader, he proposes a deal: freedom for her, an heir for him. He’s startled to find he can’t keep his hands or his heart away from his new acquisition, but she has secrets of her own and they discover power isn’t all about strength as they are drawn into the age-old mating dance.
Having seen the changes in his fellow Imperial were-panthers once they have found mates, Jakeb knows he doesn’t want a mate. However, he does long for an heir. When he sees Kaitlyn with an abusive slave trader, he can’t help but rescue her. Having been sold into slavery by her cousin, Kaitlyn longs for her freedom. Soon the two strike a bargain that will give them both what they want. But Jakeb finds that Kaitlyn touches him in a way that no other has. But Kaitlyn is keeping some secrets that once revealed they could change everything.
This was a really quick read that I found quite enjoyable. I was intrigued by the chemistry between Jakeb and Kaitlyn and the internal struggle they face as they both try to keep their relationship from becoming more than they had planned on. As they face threats, they come together and learn more about one another which strengthens their bond. The characters of this story really help to make it strong and I would have loved to have seen more of them and their relationship. An all-around good read, if too short for this reader.