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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Serengeti Heat by Vivi Andrews

Serengeti Heat by Vivi Andrews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (59 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Gillyflower

The fur’s about to fly…

A Sexy Shifter story.

Ava Minor is done being the good girl. As the smallest and weakest in a pride of shape-shifting lions where size and strength rule, she’s never had any choice but to toe the line. Now, with sexy, nomadic alpha Landon King winning control of the pride, she grabs her one chance to let her inner feline out to play.

Landon would rather focus on reforming the antiquated traditions of his new pride than taking a mate…until the rebellious Ava crosses his path. All his noble intentions go up in flames, incinerated by the heat she exudes—especially when he realizes she’s in heat.

Ava, knowing she isn’t mate material, is determined to revel in one wild night before she’s sent back to her place in the pride pecking order.

Except Landon has no intention of letting his daring, seductive lioness go…

Warning: This book contains sizzling heat, adult language, no-holds-barred cat fights, and hot shifter lovin’ with an alpha male who takes inspired leadership all the way to the bedroom.

What happens when the cowardly lioness goes looking for prey? A sweet story of the runt of the litter coming into her own with a hunky lion shifter alpha.

Sexy Ava Minor is tired of being the smallest lion in the pride. But when she decides to take matters into her own paws, she smacks right into the delicious chest of the pack alpha, Landon King. Ava is mortified that Landon will recognize her desire for him. And Landon is swept away by his own desire for Ava. This leads to complications with Ava’s three overprotective brothers, larger lionesses who have had their eyes on Landon, and pride tradition.

I wanted to like this story more than I did. Ms. Andrews had all the pieces of a winner but mushed them all together too quickly for this reader’s liking. Ava and Landon struggled with real issues from their past and with finding their way in their relationship. While their passion was delicious, it would have been more enjoyable if it had built more slowly, and if some of the dominating traits hinted at in Landon’s personality could have been unleashed. Ava was fun, flirty and feisty and I wanted to see more of that. Nor did the sex justify the dramatic pace of the story. I felt major changes were not entirely credible. If Ms. Andrews had not created such likeable characters facing such interesting issues, the story might have been more satisfying. But she did and I wanted more – more time for Ava and Landon’s passion and relationship to build, more time to enjoy the world Ms. Andrews started to build and for the changes to come about more organically. Like her heroine, Ms. Andrews might have needed the courage of her convictions that this story was worth exploring in greater detail.

Still, this short story about lion shifter love was a lovely afternoon delight. Ms. Andrews packed a lot of detail into the nature of the pride’s living arrangements and hierarchy. It was easy to get a feel for the feline world she created. I will definitely look forward to reading Ms. Andrews in the future. If you are looking for a quickie, I recommend Serengeti Heat.

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